MPP Skelly Announces $95,000 Investment to Support Black Youth

Published on October 13, 2021

Cash seized from criminals will help local partners support victims and prevent crime


News Release

HAMILTON— The Ontario government is investing $95,000 to help the Liberian Association of Canada’s Resilience project to provide culturally relevant mentorship, education and training to Black youth to prevent their recruitment into unlawful employment leading to victimization and other harmful activities.

The Liberian Association of Canada will work directly with police services in Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Windsor to facilitate positive engagement between Black youth and the police.

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 Donna Skelly.

“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.

QUICK FACTS

  • See full list of 2021-22 Civil Remedies Grant Program Recipients (link to BK)
  • Funding through the Civil RemediesGrant 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.

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