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MPP Fullerton announces over $125,000 grants to enhance safety and security to five Kanata faith-based and cultural organizations

KANATA — The Ontario government is investing $25 million in a new grant program to help faith-based and cultural organizations protect their communities against hate-motivated crime. In Kanata, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton announced five groups would receive over $125,000 in grant funding.

“This money helps the local groups to cover expenses related to security and safety measures including enhancing security of their buildings and training staff on how to respond to hate-motivated violence,” says MPP Fullerton. “Our provincial government has zero tolerance for hate and discrimination, and we will continue working to build safer communities and protect the rights of all. Everyone has the right to live free of fear and intimidation.”

The Kanata—Carleton groups receiving funding are:

  • Ottawa Mandarin Wesleyan Church                     $5,000
  • Kanata United Church                                             $7,500
  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church                                     $7,500
  • Kanata Muslim Association                                     $10,000
  • National Council of Canadian Muslims                  $99,968

“Faith-based and cultural organizations across Ontario work hard to bring communities together and provide a safe and inclusive gathering space to worship, practice their religion, and celebrate their culture,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “We hope this grant will help to support the important work these groups are doing and empower communities most at risk of being targeted with hate-motivated crime feel safer and more secure.”


Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations program provides one-time grant payments, on a first come, first served approach, to eligible organizations for expenses related to security and safety measures protecting against hate-related incidents. Eligible expenses include, for example, removing graffiti, motion detectors and CCTV cameras.
  • Certain organizations are ineligible, including sports organizations, teams or clubs, and organizations with a primary mandate related to education, health care, housing or social services.
  • Organizations must agree to Terms and Conditions, attest that they are in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Criminal Code, and that funds will be used for eligible expenses related to security and safety measures against hate-related incidents.
  • In addition to the Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations, the Ontario government developed the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant in collaboration with community partners for local projects that increase public education and awareness on the impact of racism and hate, in all its many forms.

Additional Resources

Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations

Ontario Helping Communities Address Cybercrime

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program

2021 Ontario Fall Economic Statement


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