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Hate crimes: millions more in Ontario for the fight

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The Minister of Civic Affairs and Multiculturalism, Michael Ford, announced this additional funding to fight anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. (Archive photo)

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Faced with the rise in hate crimes in Ontario, the provincial government is investing an additional $20.5 million this year to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The number of hate crimes has jumped in Ontario since the start of the conflict between Hamas and Israel. In Toronto, the police service reported 55 hate crimes linked to anti-Semitism or Islamophobia between October 7 and November 20, a 300% increase from the same period last year.

Funding will go to the Ontario Hate Crime Prevention Security Grant, which allows cultural and religious organizations to obtain a one-time grant for help protect their spaces.

They can notably pay for security guards or surveillance cameras.

The province will give priority to Jewish and Muslim communities in granting grants related to this additional money. Organizations will be able to obtain grants of up to $20,000.

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The grant program had already been funded to the tune of $24.5 million over two years; $12.5 million has already been awarded to 1,400 organizations this year.

Acts of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred have no place in Ontario and are toxic to our democracy, says solicitor General, Michael Kerzner.

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