The Ontario government is investing $58,995 in the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant to advance its Revolutionizing and Re-envisioning Remote Sexual Violence Support, Prevention and Education Work project.
The Civil Remedies Grant Program funding will ensure youth, rural and Indigenous communities will have remote access to prevention and education on all issues related to sexual violence, including learning from the experience and expertise of survivors.
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 regions like ours support victims of crime and fight back to break the cycle of offending,” said MPP Will Bouma.
“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.