The Ontario government is investing $100,000 in Barrie Police Service’s Inside Out Youth Prevention Program.
The Civil Remedies Grant Program funding will provide supports to black mothers and young women in the Regent Park community who have been impacted by gun and gang violence will receive culturally appropriate, trauma and violence-informed grief counselling and peer support services. Funding will also be used to provide Black-centric, antiracist, trauma and violence-informed grief counselling training for community-based agencies.
The grant is part of a $1.5 million reinvestment of cash and proceeds seized from criminals to help local partners fight back against crime and victimization that threaten their communities.
“Crime should never pay, and the seized funds will help our communities support victims of crime and fight back to break the cycle of offending,” said MPP Andrea Khanjin.
“Our government is committed to strengthening every available tool, including civil forfeiture, to help police, prosecutors and local partners confront and dismantle the criminal networks that prey on our communities,” said Attorney General Doug Downey.
Changes to strengthen the Civil Remedies Act passed under the 2020 Smarter and Stronger Justice Act allow personal property, such as cash or cars used by criminals for illegal activities, to be forfeited without a court order in cases where no interested person disputes the forfeiture.
Eligible applicants for the Civil Remedies Grant Program include Ontario and First Nations Police Services, not-for-profit groups, community agencies and Indigenous communities and organizations that help victims of crime or help to prevent crime.
See full list of 2021-22 Civil Remedies Grant Program Recipients (link to BK)
Funding through the Civil Remedies Grant Program is being made available to law enforcement agencies and community partners for 18 community projects focused on helping victims of crime and strengthening local capacity to prevent intimate partner, family, and gun and gang violence.
In 2020, the Ontario government reinvested $2.5 million in cash and proceeds from criminals to support 33 local projects aimed at fighting human trafficking in communities across the province.