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York Region MPPs Helping Promote Community Safety Locally

Province Funding Programs to Build Safer Communities

York Region MPPs Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Reza Moridi are encouraging local organizations to apply to for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant and the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant to help fund community-led safety and corrections projects in York Region and across Ontario.

The MPPs hope that community-based organizations in York Region, as well as York Regional Police, are being encouraged to apply for these grants through which the province will invest up to $3.7 million in evidenced-based and local projects over the next two years. They will fund programs to promote opportunities for community partnerships, crime prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration and initiatives to help residents succeed.

The theme for this year’s grants is “Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration” — which builds on the province’s focus on creating safer communities through evidence-based programs and improving partnerships between police, communities, corrections, mental health agencies and other organizations. The province is seeking applications for collaborative and innovative projects that address local community safety priorities as well as projects that increase diversion opportunities, reduce the likelihood of re-offending, and facilitate better reintegration outcomes.

Projects that have previously been funded by these grant programs include internet safety initiatives for youth, seniors programs to combat elder abuse, and counselling and other supports to immigrant and refugee youth 

Supporting safe, healthy communities is part of the government’s plan to create a fair and inclusive society. 

QUOTES

“Our government is focused on building safer, stronger communities in every corner of Ontario – and these grants are a key part of that. This year the theme of the grants emphasizes collaboration among community organizations and law enforcement partners to address local community safety and corrections priorities, which creates safer communities for all. Crime prevention, community well-being and corrections are all inter-connected. That is why it is so important to foster collaborative, evidence-based responses to these complex challenges. It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when police and the community work side-by-side to prevent crime, promote rehabilitation and build safer communities.”

 — Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“There are a number of excellent community groups across Richmond Hill that are dedicated to building safer communities in York Region. They represent the best of our province, and our government is proud to support them. It is great to see what can be accomplished when police and the community work side-by-side to create opportunities for residents, prevent crime and build safer communities.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill 

“Communities and the collective efforts of their members to keep them safe, vibrant and livable are critically important to the quality of life we enjoy in Ontario.  I am proud to share this news that our government is making a significant investment in programs that will encourage collaboration and partnerships to create a safer Ontario for all residents.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“I am honoured to be part of a government that takes the safety of Ontario residents seriously. The Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration grant will help with community partnerships and crime prevention programs. I encourage local organizations to apply for this grant and start working towards a safer Ontario.”

Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“I am pleased to see that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Safer and Vital Communities Grant and the 2016-17 Proceeds of Crime Grant.  This  year’s theme,  “Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration,” is  a great challenge to  create programs  designed to improve partnerships between police, communities, corrections, mental health agencies and other organizations here in Oak Ridges-Markham, and across the province.  I encourage our local organizations to apply.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges – Markham

QUICK FACTS

  • Applications for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant are open from March 30, 2016 to May 4, 2016 and are open to community-based, not-for-profit incorporated organizations, community-based, not-for-profit organizations sponsored by incorporated organizations, and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils.
  • Applications for the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant are open from March 30, 2016 to April 29, 2016 and all Municipal and First Nations police services and OPP contract locations and non-contract locations are eligible to apply.
  • Successful applicants for the Safer and Vital Communities grants are expected to be announced in July, while Proceeds of Crime grants are expected to be announced in June, 2016.
  • Since 2004 the Safer and Vital Communities Grant has allocated $8.6 million in funding for 343 community projects across the province.
  • Since 2010 the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant has allocated $14 million to support 160 projects.

LEARN MORE

  • Read the news release on Ontario’s Strategy for a Safer Ontario 

For more information, please contact:

Office of Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan               905-832-6630                        

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