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Ottawa announces $54 million in funding to fight gun, gang violence in Ontario

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 11:45 AM | By John Chunn

Federal Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair on Aug. 26 announced $54 million over three years in funding starting in 2020 to support Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy (GGVRS). This funding is in addition to the $11 million over two years announced in March, bringing the total investment over the five-year initiative to $65 million.

According to the press release from Public Safety Canada, this support will help the province continue its work on the GGVRS and continue to deliver province-wide initiatives focusing on the prevention, intervention, enforcement and prosecution of gun and gang violence in communities. The funding received from the federal government will specifically target initiatives that stop and address violent criminal activity before it starts and provide exit strategies for youth already involved in gang activity.

“Ensuring the safety and security of Canadians is an issue our government takes seriously,” said Blair. “We are making this substantial investment in Ontario to help fight gun and gang violence. All of us want our children growing up in communities that are safe and resilient. The government of Canada is committed to working with all provinces and territories in supporting the work done by community partners and law enforcement who know how best to tackle gun and gang activity in their own communities. Today’s investment ensures law enforcement and community organizations have the support and resources they need to continue this critical work.”
“Ontario is standing up for law-abiding citizens by expanding its fight against gun violence and the gangs who prey on young people and communities,” said Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey. “Our government is committed to taking action where it is needed most to disrupt the drug, gun and human trafficking that is fuelling gang operations across the province and threatening the safety of families and neighbourhoods.”
“Criminals don’t respect geographic boundaries. That’s why our government is working with partners to fight illegal guns and gangs province-wide and ensure that criminals who commit offences end up where they belong — behind bars,” said Sylvia Jones, solicitor general of Ontario.