Province investing millions to tackle racism and hate crimes

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Community-based initiatives to fight racism, discrimination and hate crimes will be getting up to $2.6-million from the provincial government.

Officials say the funding will help 26 not-for-profit groups and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils across Ontario.

Working with their local police partners, these groups will launch a number of new projects, from education campaigns to victim support programs.

“Our government has zero tolerance for hate and racism in any form, and we continue to be focused on advancing community-based solutions to ensure Ontarians can overcome these real-life barriers,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. “Together we are building momentum and pursuing the objective of relegating racism and hate to Ontario’s history books.”

The funding will be released over two years and comes from the Safer and Vital Communities grant.

Other projects receiving support through the grant include community forums, cooperation initiatives with local police, coaching tools, youth awareness workshops and site upgrades for organizations.