Greater Victoria MLAs welcome over $500,000 in funding for public safety and crime prevention

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Victoria – Local MLAs are welcoming one-time grants totaled at $531,698 for Greater Victoria through the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program, announced last Friday. Programs that mentor vulnerable youth, support women escaping violence and help Indigenous families heal from intergenerational traumas will benefit from this funding.

Organizations in Greater Victoria receiving funding are:

  • Peers Victoria Resource Society, $80,883
  • Crafting Sisterhood, Camosun College, $19,823
  • Victoria Restorative Justice Society, $19,096
  • Cultivating Healthy Relationships in Boys and Male Youth, University of Victoria, $30,000
  • IMPACT, University of Victoria, $74,228
  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, $24,830
  • Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society, $30,000
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling of Greater Victoria, $70,000
  • Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society, $29,370
  • Bridges for Women Society, $30,000
  • Vancouver Island Men’s Trauma Counselling Society, $74,846
  • The I AM Project Foundation, $4,592
  • The John Howard Society of Victoria, $19,030
  • Island Sexual Health Society, $25,000

The Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program is funded through proceeds of the Civil Forfeiture Office, which undermines the profit motive behind criminal activity by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety.

In total, over $6 million in grants and more than 170 local organizations and projects – led by community not-for-profits, and school districts – will receive funding through this grant program in 2018-19. Since 2006, the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program has provided more than $39 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention efforts.

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MLA quotes:

“Whether it is providing support to survivors of domestic violence or helping Indigenous women heal from intergenerational trauma, these grant recipients provide essential services to some of our community’s most vulnerable. I’m happy that this important work is being recognized and supported by our government,” said Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.

“Peers Victoria provides vital services and supports for sex workers in our community. I’m very pleased that Peers was awarded three separate grants to continue their Indigenous SACRED initiative and pilot new programs,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin.

“To tackle crime, it is important to provide supportive services to our most vulnerable. That means investing in youth crime prevention and mentorship initiatives. These grants will go a long way in helping at-risk youth in Victoria thrive,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake.

“Our government is helping build safer communities by reinvesting proceeds of crime into community initiatives. I’m glad these organizations are receiving funding to uplift women, youth and Indigenous people in need in our community,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South.

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