Safer and vital communities grant

The Safer and vital communities grant supports a variety of local community safety and well-being projects that focus on addressing local risks to help reduce crime and victimization.

Eligible applicants include:

  • community-based, not-for-profit organizations
  • First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils

Successful applicants collaborate with local police and organizations from other sectors to implement projects that address local issues.

For 2022-2023 and 2023-2024, Ontario is investing more than $1.6 million in support of 18 projects across the province.

Safer and vital communities grant recipients

Organization and project nameProject descriptionFunding amount

KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation

Knowledge Share – Cybersafety Education and Awareness to combat cyber fraud

KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation will use funding to work with Durham Regional Police and the Town of Ajax to bring cybersecurity awareness and fraud prevention resources to residents, local community groups and service providers across Durham Region.

$105,000
Whitefish River

Safer, Vital Community: Preventing Cybercrime through community partnership
Funding will be used to enhance awareness, educate and provide resources on cybercrime to Whitefish River First Nation community members. Initiatives will include workshops and community events designed to help increase supports for community members who are at high-risk for cybercrime, educate on how to prevent and report cybercrime, and bring healing to those who may have been affected by cybercrime.$108,580
Victim Services of Renfrew County Inc.

Investing in YOUR Future, not theirs: Preventing cybercrime through community
Funding will be used for a two-fold media campaign: to create awareness of the issues of fraud and romance scams particularly with Ontario’s aging population, and to address aspects of luring and grooming online that can lead to human trafficking among youth. The project will provide training to prepare the community to handle requests for supports and services related to these crimes and will work towards resurrecting the community’s Response to Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness Committee.$110,000
Malton Women Council

Addressing Cyber Crime: Building Safer and Inclusive Online Communities
This project entails a series of workshops and cross-sectoral group discussions to raise awareness among South Asian women in Mississauga and Brampton about cyber hate crime and cyber fraud, and the resources available to fight these crimes. A forum will be organized at the end of the project to share findings with community at large.$61,825

Moksha Canada Foundation

Building Safer and Inclusive Online Communities
Funding will be used to help diverse communities in Markham (including seniors, youth, women, newcomers, refuges, BIPOC and equity-deserving communities) to better understand and prevent cyber hate crime and cyber fraud. The project includes workshops, group discussions and a forum to share learnings and findings.$54,725

Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington

Partnership on Hate Crime and Fraud

Using media, social media and in-person engagement, Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington, the Ontario Provincial Police and Victim Services Wellington will work together to increase awareness and understanding about cybercrimes, cyber safety, reporting of these crimes, and supports for victims.$110,000

Sudbury and Area Victim Services

Project Protect
Project Protect will help the Sudbury and Area Victim Services’ anti-human trafficking coordinator develop a communications plan and create an online platform to educate the community (specifically youth) about cybercrime and online luring. This platform will include videos, interactive modules and information on services and supports.$110,000

The Neighbourhood Group Community Services

Webwise

The Webwise project will focus research activities (including a literature review, focus groups and one-on-one interviews) on human trafficking, sexual harassment and abuse that will be used to develop educational modules, and refresh The Neighbourhood Group Community Services’ (TNGCS) web-based resource. TNGCS will share its curriculum city-wide and work with community police officers in Toronto Police Service’s 31 Division to deliver a local summit on the subject matter.

$105,000

Jane Finch Community and Family Centre

Sister's Keeper
Funding will be used to work with young Black and racialized women in the Black Creek-Jane Finch community to develop a youth-led prevention and awareness strategy to combat sex and human trafficking.$103,245

Rights and Responsibilities Awareness Initiative

Together Against Online Crimes
The Rights and Responsibilities Awareness Initiative (RRAI) aims to reduce online crimes in London and Middlesex by educating the communities and ensuring individuals are safe when reporting such crimes. The RRAI will hold 20 online awareness sessions and provide written materials such as posters and brochures. It will also translate an information database into common languages, including Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin, and make it available to the public at no charge.$40,380

Retail Council of Canada

Preventing Cybercrimes in Retail
Funding will be used to create various resources to increase awareness in the retail industry of cybercrime and what steps can be taken to help reduce it. The Retail Council of Canada, with assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police Cybercrimes Division and retail experts, will develop a learning module to train frontline workers on cybercrimes, create a collection of animated videos and resource books and host a six-part webinar series for senior retail leaders and staff in loss prevention and risk management.$110,000
Kenora Chiefs Advisory

Kenora Makwa Patrol
The Kenora Chiefs Advisory in partnership with the Kenora Makwa Patrol will use funding to address hate motivated crime and speech, specifically on social media, within the City of Kenora and nine surrounding First Nation communities. The project will provide an opportunity for vulnerable populations to share their own stories and engage in positive discussions with local service providers and law enforcement. The project aims to address hate motivated speech on social media and counteract it with true stories and an understanding of how people are still struggling due to systemic and structural racism.$110,000
Spark Employment Services

Online Cybercrime Awareness Training
To address the growing concern of employment and recruitment fraud, Spark Employment Services will use funding to equip vulnerable job seekers in Greater Sudbury with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to detect and prevent fraudulent recruitment and employment schemes.$71,170

Renfrew and Area Seniors’ Home Support

Fraud S.T.O.P. (Safety, Training, Observe, Prevent)
The Fraud STOP project will work collaboratively with police and partners across various sectors to enhance awareness, and support community initiatives related to various frauds such as gift card, romance, phone and internet scams that target seniors.$46,000

Heritage Skills Development Centre

Scarborough United Against Human Trafficking

The Scarborough United Against Human Trafficking Project will target marginalized young people aged 16 to 35 who are most vulnerable to being trafficked. It will work with Toronto Police Service, local schools, justice partners and community leaders to establish strategies to prevent the occurrence of cyber-related human trafficking incidents and ensure a multi-disciplinary response where victims and individuals at-risk receive quality support services.$109,800

London Family Court Clinic

Early Intervention with Youth Engaged in Internet-Facilitated Sexual Exploitation: Enhancing Online Safety for all through community collaboration
Funding will be used to focus on young men (ages 12-17 years) who are engaging in sexually exploitative behaviours on the internet. The project aims to develop partnerships with services that encounter young men who are demonstrating early signs of this pattern of behaviour and redirect them from more severe sexual exploitation, including sexual trafficking. London Family Court Clinic will develop, deliver and evaluate a psycho-educational early intervention program as part of the project.$108,735

Wawa and Area Victim Services

Public Awareness Campaign against Cybercrime and Human Trafficking
Wawa and Area Victim Services will use funding to increase community awareness about cybercrime and its connection to human trafficking.  Activities will include community expositions, an annual newsletter, messaging on a highway billboard and presentations in schools alongside a community safety officer.$26,150

Proceeds of crime frontline policing grant

The Proceeds of crime front-line policing grant uses funds forfeited to the provincial and federal governments during prosecutions. These funds are made available to police services to support crime prevention and community safety initiatives. This grant is available to:

  • municipal and First Nations police services
  • the Ontario Provincial Police in partnership with organizations from other sectors

Ontario is investing more than $6 million over three years (from 2020 to 2023) to support 21 projects across the province that will focus on at least one of the following priorities:

  • gun and gang violence
  • human trafficking
  • sexual violence and harassment

Proceeds of crime frontline policing grant recipients

Police service and project nameProject descriptionFunding amount (over three years)
Barrie Police Service (BPS)

Tell us – Reducing the barriers for the reporting of sexual violence
The new program aims to enhance BPS’ response to survivors of sexual violence. Working collaboratively with its sexual violence agency partners in the community, BPS will develop a third-party reporting centre app where survivors will have the ability to report abuse anonymously. The initiative will also allow for sexual violence investigations to be conducted all under one roof by providing a timely, coordinated approach of services. The program will include the creation of a medical examination room and additional counseling services to support survivors.$275,000
Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS)

Helping alliances with law enforcement and trafficking (HALT project)
Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) will run a full-day annual youth symposium aimed at helping young people identify the signs of human trafficking and stop exploitation before it begins. The funding will also help DRPS add a second crisis intervention counsellor to their anti-human trafficking unit and update the Stop human trafficking website with the latest information and resources on human trafficking prevention in a way that is appealing to young people.$300,000
Greater Sudbury Police Service

Project empower
Project Empower is a multi-agency collaborative approach to helping survivors and potential victims of sexual violence and human trafficking by providing them with the knowledge, tools and supports they need to avoid being abused or to seek help when they need it. The funding will help enhance frontline officers’ training to ensure they are able to use victim-centered techniques when dealing with human trafficking victims and conducting investigations.$295,334
Greater Sudbury Police Service

Project champion
Project champion will help expand the role of the project’s coordinator in an effort to address remaining gaps in sexual assaults investigations and victim support. Tangible outcomes include the provision of enhanced training to frontline officers and the creation of community outreach campaigns and educational videos intended to the public.$284,189
Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS)

Hybrid organized crime officer
Funding will help the NAPS create a new police officer position that will specifically target escalating gun and gang activity as well as drug trafficking. This officer will be the nexus between NAPS communities and law enforcement and social services.$299,499
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Blue Mountain

Advancing victim-centred sexual violence and human trafficking investigations; Central Ontario Region
This multi-sectoral project will put in place a mobile, interdisciplinary response team made up of police officers, victim advocates, and social services workers that will be tasked to conduct forensics interviews after an incident of sexual violence has been reported and provide adequate supports to the victims. This victim-centered approach aims to minimize trauma and promote wellbeing by bringing services directly to victims rather than having them come to the police. Therapy dogs will also be part of the team to provide additional emotional support.$300,000
OPP Hawkesbury

Engaging survivors through collaboration
The project will enhance the range of supports and services offered to victims of sexual violence and harassment and encourage them to report abuse. The funding will help OPP Hawkesbury create a new victim advocate position to assist victims from the time they report the abuse through to the entire justice process, set up a new interview space to provide a safe and comfortable environment for victims to report their abuse, provide additional training to police officers and community agency partners so that they are better equipped to interact with victims.$179,300
Owen Sound Police Service

Targeting human trafficking through awareness, education and enforcement
The police services of Owen Sound, Saugeen Shores, West Grey, Hanover and Neyaashiinigmiing are partnering with local community-based agencies to improve the range of support services offered to survivors of human trafficking and to reinforce prosecution of those responsible for sexual exploitation. The initiative includes the delivery of enhanced training to police officers so that they are equipped with the techniques needed to interview victims in a sensitive and compassionate manner. They will also create a targeted education campaign to help raise awareness within the hotel industry to help police identify possible victims.$315,260
Peterborough Police Service

HUTs: An intersection for gangs, guns, drugs, sexual violence and human trafficking
Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes Police services will collaborate to address the growing issue of housing unit takeovers in the region. Housing unit takeovers occur when a person or a group of people use drugs, violence, economic supports or other forms of coercion to manipulate tenants into accommodating unwanted occupations of their housing space. The project will include multi-sectoral training with police, housing, and other partners to ensure a shared understanding of what housing unit takeovers look like, how to prevent them, and how to respond once they have happened. The project will also have a public education component.$253,050
South Simcoe Police Service

Taking aim at gun and gang violence
The project will help equip South Simcoe Police service’s frontline officers with the education and training they need to better recognize signs of gang activity and gather the intelligence needed to zero in on crime. In addition, the hiring of professional crime analytics will help enhance the service capacity to gather valuable information on gang members and criminal activity.$295,278
Thunder Bay Police Service

Project prevent
Project prevent aims to stop gang recruitment efforts by reinforcing already-existing activities. The funding will help add more community patrol officers into high-risk neighbourhoods in an effort to further strengthen relationships and deter community members from entering gangs. Working closely with community-based organizations, Thunder Bay Police Service will also launch a pilot project to connect people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods with the community services and supports they need. This includes an outreach program specifically focused on improving relationships with the Indigenous community whose youth is at risk of being recruited into gangs.$300,000
Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS)

Trauma and violence-informed response to human trafficking and sexual violence in Northwestern Ontario
The project is a multi-sectoral partnership between TBPS, the Ontario Provincial Police, Nishnabe-Aski and, Anishinabek Police Services, and other community-based organizations. The goal of this initiative is to improve both the police response and community response to victims of human trafficking and sexual violence by implementing a trauma-centered approach, which takes the victim’s experience into account. The project includes the delivery of trauma and violence-informed training to police officers and community service providers, the creation of a “soft interview room” at TBPS, and the hiring of a part-time victim advocate to help survivors access the social supports they need.$314,964
Timmins Police Service

Collective action: Taking a coordinated approach to fighting human trafficking in Timmins
Collective Action is an ambitious step forward into Timmins Police service’s fight against human trafficking. Trained officers will proactively seek out incidents of human trafficking using different strategies and techniques including covert interactions with potential victims. The project also includes a comprehensive education campaign targeting groups that are more susceptible to becoming victims of human trafficking. These include women in low-income groups, Indigenous and immigrant women, as well as at-risk youth. The campaign will be tailored to provide relevant information about services and resources.$127,293
Toronto Police Service

YourChoice – Supporting survivors lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, queer, intersex2-spirited (LGBTQI2S)
Many survivors of sexual violence are reluctant to report instances of abuse. This is even more prevalent in the LGBTQI2S community. In 2018, Toronto Police Service successfully launched YourChoice, a multi-faceted program that specifically looked at providing survivors with the resources and tools they need. The funding will help expand and tailor YourChoice to the needs of the LGBTQI2S community and develop new resources and supports that will be promoted to other service providers.$300,000
Toronto Police Service

Project engage
Through project engage, Toronto Police Service will expand its anti-gang prevention strategy. The project will focus on conducting extensive community outreach in 12 of the most gang-impacted neighbourhoods of the City of Toronto. An intervention team will be created to be the primary delivery mechanism for carrying out prevention, intervention, and crime suppression strategies.$300,000
Treaty Three Police Service

Spirit of hope
The focus of the Spirit of hope project is to address the issues of sexual violence, harassment and human trafficking within Treaty 3 communities. It will include a community-based program that contributes to better outcomes for Indigenous women while reducing the incidents of crimes against them. The project will follow a trauma-informed approach that takes into consideration the Indigenous cultural worldview as well as the 231 calls to justice outlined in the National inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.$300,000
Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS)

Sexual violence and harassment training and public awareness campaign initiative
Frontline officers are often the first ones to look after victims of sexual violence. Through the current initiative, WRPS seeks to further train its frontline officers in trauma-informed interview techniques so that they are able to interact with victims in a compassionate and thoughtful way. WRPS will also develop a three-year public education campaign about sexual violence prevention. The campaign will be an opportunity for WRPS to coordinate action with its community partners and to speak from one voice.$299,067
Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS)

A joint human trafficking unit in Waterloo region and the City of Guelph
WRPS will partner with Guelph Police Service, other victim services organizations and the local county to create an anti-human trafficking unit to detect, investigate, and prevent human trafficking throughout Waterloo Region and the City of Guelph. The unit will consist of a crisis intervention counsellor and three dedicated fulltime investigators.

The unit will respond to human trafficking incidents, offer wrap-around victim support, and conduct investigations to apprehend perpetrators. The funding will also be used for equipment purchases and training of unit members.
$537,460
Windsor Police Service

Guns and gangs enforcement and community partners to reduce youth at risk
The project’s goal is to deter youth from choosing a life of violence and entering gangs. To achieve this, Windsor Police Service will focus on three areas: enforcement, providing exit strategies and prevention. The project will first identify recruitment channels, then offer exit strategies to at-risk youth and deliver consistent prevention strategies at the community level.$300,000
York Regional Police Service

Project Uriel – Angel of wisdom and illumination who can help you find inner power
In partnership with York Region Children’s Aid Society, York Regional Police Service will develop an online reporting tool that social workers will use to report cases of youth they believe are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. This innovative tool will modernize the way social workers report vulnerable cases to the police and help reduce delays in starting investigations. The funding will also help build other partnerships to gather critical intelligence, develop essential prevention strategies and provide immediate resources to victims of human trafficking.$300,000
York Regional Police

Project infantry: Infantry is a military term describing those frontline foot soldiers in combat
Project Infantry is a new multi-sectoral initiative designed to support the work frontline officers do on a daily basis to combat gun and gang violence. The initiative offers to conduct an in-depth analysis into the causes of the most recent surge in gun and gang violence in York Region. The crucial data and evidence gathered will help inform the development of new training, enforcement and prevention strategies to combat the issue. The initiative includes partnerships with York Region Children’s Aid Society, 360kids and the Toronto Transit Commission as well as the Ministry of the Attorney General.$300,000

Community safety and policing grant

The Community safety and policing grant is a grant program that provides police services with the tools and resources they need to combat crime and keep our communities safe. The grant program:

  • provides greater flexibility for initiatives that respond to policing needs and priorities related to safety and well-being
  • focuses on addressing local and provincial priorities

The local priorities funding stream focuses on addressing risks to safety and well-being that are most prevalent in the community.

Projects funded under the current grant cycle of the provincial priorities funding stream focus on targeting:

  • gun and gang violence
  • sexual violence and harassment
  • human trafficking
  • mental health and addictions
  • hate-motivated crime

Projects receiving local priorities funding

From 2022-25, we are investing approximately $225 million to support 101 projects across Ontario that support local community safety priorities.

Central region local priorities funding recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Barrie Police Services Board

Evidence-Based and Harm-Focused Policing
Barrie Police Service will use the funds for projects related to police visibility, alternative response models and culturally relevant diversion. The goal of all projects is to support professional, accountable and sustainable policing services that enhance public safety and community policing.$1,011,090
Barrie Police Services Board

Tech Crimes Advancement
Barrie Police Service (BPS) will invest in technological equipment and training for its Technical Crimes Unit to further its capacity to recover digital evidence and investigate cybercrime. Funding will support frontline officers with investigations involving technology and expand BPS’ capability to collect evidence from digital devices such as cellphones, computers, and video security systems.$1,271,278
Bradford West Gwillimbury & Innisfil Police Services Board

Leading the Way 2.0: A Contemporary Community Policing Initiative
Working with local mental health partner agencies, South Simcoe Police Service’s (SSP) Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) will continue to respond to mental health and crisis calls for service. Funding for this initiative will help maintain the SSP COAST officer capacity matched with the support of their key mental health sector partners: York Support Services Network and the Canadian Mental Health Association (York).$899,343
Brighton Police Services Board

Mental Health Community Support and Education in Secondary Schools
The Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is increasing mental health supports, with a focus on youth, by expanding its Mental Health Engagement and Response Team (MHEART) . It will enhance its partnership with the Community Mental Health Services at the Northumberland Hills Hospital and expand the operations of MHEART to include more hours and more time spent in secondary schools.$98,366
City of Kawartha Lakes Police Services Board

Kawartha Lakes Police Community Response Unit
The Kawartha Lakes Police Service Community Response Unit, in partnership with Ross Memorial Hospital and FourCast Addictions Services, will provide mental health and addictions related outreach and enhanced crisis response. Funding will help expand the unit’s capacity to reduce the number of chronic police interactions with individuals suffering from mental health and addictions and provide a focused, strategic response to identified community safety concerns.$365,358
Cobourg Police Services Board

Integration of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles into day- to-day policing
Cobourg Police Service will use funding for its integration of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) principles into day-to-day policing. Working collaboratively with local partners and stakeholders, including the Town of Cobourg’s EDI Advisory Committee, the project will focus on areas of systemic discrimination, develop measurement indicators against target outcomes and focus on building an equitable and inclusive police service.$220,587
Cobourg Police Services Board

Youth Specific Mental Health Engagement and Response Team Program
Funding will be used to enhance Cobourg Police Services’ Mental Health Engagement and Response Team by developing services, resources and programming dedicated toward youth. This will include working collaboratively with health partners to support and refer youth experiencing a mental health crisis to appropriate community supports. It will also create dedicated processes, strategies and training that handle the complexities associated with working with youth while leveraging existing youth support programs to deter future criminal behaviors.$228,106
Durham Regional Police Services Board

Project Salus
Through Project Salus, Durham Regional Police Service will create youth/gang liaison officer positions across the region and facilitate training to identify at risk youth for referrals to community partners as well as monitor and identify gang members/associates. Training and education will also be provided to frontline officers and community partners. A Bail Compliance Dashboard will also be created to ensure the compliance of high-risk offenders and aid in cross-service information sharing.$9,253,952
Hamilton Police Services Board

Crisis Response Branch
Project funding will help the Hamilton Police Service, in partnership with St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, respond to crises and deliver mental health services. The funding will support officers in various teams that respond to mental health crises such as Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, Crisis Outreach and Support Team and Social Navigator Program, as well as training for officers, civilian and community partners who work in hand with the Crisis Response Branch.$6,774,728
Nottawasaga Police Services Board

Nottawasaga Continue Safe Pathways
Funding will be used to hire an additional crisis worker to expand the Nottawasaga Ontario Provincial Police Mobile Crisis Response Team and support the Community Mobilization Engagement Unit in its ongoing efforts to create awareness about local service agencies and enhance community safety and wellbeing. This will increase interventions and diversions that lower risks to officers and individuals in crisis. This will also increase the number of individuals that are referred to appropriate agencies, which in turn will reduce mental health calls.$294,094
Orillia Police Services Board

Crisis Outreach and Support Team
The Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) will be expanded to include two Ontario Provincial Police constables and two mental health workers from the Canadian Mental Health Association to improve response to mental health-related calls. Funding will also support COAST to continue its proactive engagement with supporting organizations to help reduce police involvement and connect individuals to the appropriate community resources.$281,045
Midland Police Services Board and Penetanguishene Police Services Board

North Simcoe Crisis Management and Response Team
Funding will be used for the North Simcoe Crisis Management and Response Team - a partnership of police and health care professionals that responds to individuals in the community who are in an escalating state of mental or emotional distress. The goals of this partnership are to provide care and service in the community, assess results that can lead to the development of a hospital diversion strategy and maximize the accessibility of resources to community members.$196,731
Peterborough Community Police Services Board

Special Victims Unit
Funding will allow the Peterborough Police Service to continue initiatives with its newly created Special Victims Unit to enhance and improve its response to human trafficking, child exploitation, elder abuse, domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment. The grant will also support collaborative multi-sector training on these issues and additional resources.$1,447,380
Port Hope Police Services Board

Community safety well being and mental health officer
With a rise in mental health cases over the past two years, funding will allow the Port Hope Police Service to put an officer in the community safety and well-being role on a full-time basis. This officer will work with the Mental Health Engagement and Response Team to help those in crisis. They will also provide data to Northumberland County to ensure that the priorities of the Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan are being implemented.$252,940
Regional Municipality of Halton Police Services Board

Regional Community Mobilization Bureau
Funding will help the Regional Community Mobilization Bureau within the Halton Police Services Board to build capacity through community engagements and partnerships. Officers are assigned to variety of programs such as Community Mobilization, School Liaison, Youth Diversion, Older Adult Coordination and Mental Health Crisis Intervention, which will offer support to priority populations including youth, older adults, those suffering mental health and additions, 2SLGBTQQIA+, new Canadians as well as cultural and faith-based groups.$7,206,639
Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board

Community Oriented Response and Engagement
The newly created Community Oriented Response & Engagement Unit is committed to enhancing engagement with Niagara’s community and youth long-term. Youth engagement opportunities will be sought out through various community agencies. The creation of this unit will provide an additional resource to district commanders and a more consistent foot and bicycle patrol presence within districts. Focusing on high visibility areas, the unit will foster new and enhance existing relationships with community members and help instill a greater trust and confidence within the community.$3,430,915
Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board

Opioids Education and Enforcement
In collaboration the Niagara Health System and various community groups, the Niagara Regional Police Service's Opioid Enforcement and Education Unit will continue to better equip first responders to deal with the dangers of opioid handling and exposure.$926,058
Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board

People In Crisis
To provide a robust response to dealing with people in crisis, Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams officers are paired with Mental Health Workers to assist in mental health crisis analysis and management. The goal is to increase outreach and support to Niagara citizens in crisis, help the Niagara Region Police Service work more closely with its community partners, reduce the number of apprehensions, interrupt the cycle of crisis and reduce officer hours spent at the hospital.$956,575
Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board

Real Time Operations Centre
The Real Time Operations Centre (RTOC) assists frontline and investigative units by providing real time actionable intelligence. The RTOC plays a crucial role in notifying police of emerging events and assists in obtaining crucial information to optimize public safety. Currently the region has 60 operational CCTV cameras in the cities of Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. The funding will help with the expansion to other districts.$2,951,243
Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board

Project Aegis
Project Aegis will support Peel Region Police Service’s (PRP) contributions to the region’s Community Safety and Well-Being plan by creating an analytics bureau to gather centralized data and ensure programs are achieving their desired outcome. PRP will also pilot Complex Case Response Teams to better meet the needs of individuals in the community and provide additional support to PRP’s Divisional Mobilization Units which undertake key non-enforcement related outreach activities and support for priority populations in the community.$21,416,717
Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board – Caledon

Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Unit & Community Street Crime Unit
The Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police will enhance its Traffic Enforcement Unit and Community Street Crime Unit with the addition of 10 frontline officers assigned to both units combined. Both units will focus police resources on investigations, enforcement and education opportunities that target specific public safety concerns within the community of Caledon.$899,340
Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board

Project Meliora
York Regional Police Service’s Project Meliora supports frontline officers and enhances community safety and well-being. The grant funding will be used to help support road safety, property crimes, calls from individuals in crisis, those suffering from mental health issues and at-risk youth. The project will also enhance police modernization, community outreach, and community engagement to efficiently respond to local communities.$17,562,613
Shelburne Police Services Board

A Contemporary Policing Initiative
Funding will help address public safety issues including traffic enforcement, mental health and addictions as well as illegal drug trafficking and use. All activities of the initiative such as community engagement, collaboration with local Situation Table and project evaluation, are aligned with the Shelburne Police Service’s priorities to keep the community safe.$98,366
Toronto Police Services Board

Centralized Shooting Response Team
Funding will be used for the Centralized Shooting Response Team (CSRT), a dedicated team that provides centralized and consistent investigative response to all shootings and firearm discharges that take place in the city of Toronto. The team contributes to achieving the goals and objectives of Toronto Police Services’ Gun and Gang Strategy Framework by providing strategic, community informed, and intelligence-led enforcement that enhances public safety while minimizing social costs. $13,337,841
Toronto Police Services Board

Connected Officer - Digital Officer Program
The Connected Officer - Digital Officer Program extends the use of modern technology by enabling Toronto Police Service members to receive and communicate information in a timely and relevant manner regardless of where they are. Funding will be use towards equipping every officer with a mobile device to enable increased community interaction and efficient task completion.$6,512,500
Toronto Police Services Board

Data Governance & Metadata Management
The Data Governance initiative will help the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to establish an enterprise-wide information governance and management framework to guide the overall management of TPS' data. Governance will provide guidance to ensure that data is accurate and consistent, complete, available and secure. This initiative will directly support the enablement of platform technologies to allow faster and easier access to information and services.$3,420,100
Toronto Police Services Board

Data Storage Modernization
Funding will support the Data Storage Modernization Initiative which will revamp Toronto Police Service’s data storage strategy to determine the approach, guidelines and timelines for data storage activities. The strategy will lay out a roadmap to better organize its data assets, find cost efficiencies and better support police investigations and front-line operations.$540,000
Toronto Police Services Board

Inclusive Policing Transformation Project
As a leader in area of diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights, Toronto Police Service (TPS) will use funding to improve how it serves the various diverse communities of the city of Toronto. It aims to collect, analyze and understand the interactions police officers have with those they serve, thus ensuring a future where inclusive policing practices are a part of the foundation of service. The goal is to build data collection strategies and inclusion projects that will help fulfill TPS’ vision of creating best practices on a wide spectrum of diversity related areas.$1,824,800
Toronto Police Services Board

Neighbourhood Officer Program-Expansion
The Neighbourhood Community Officer Program was first introduced across the City of Toronto in 2013. Neighbourhood Community Officers work in partnership with local residents and community-based organizations to address community safety and quality of life issues. The program has been responsible for embedding officers directly into communities, not primarily for enforcement-related activities, but also to build and sustain strong, positive, and collaborative partnerships with community members.$12,239,200
Toronto Police Services Board

Public Safety Response Team
Funding will support the Public Safety Response Team (PSRT) which has a comprehensive mandate that focuses on positive community engagement as well as extreme event response, public order, search management and critical infrastructure protection. PSRT provides the Toronto Police Service with the operational flexibility to meet the complex demands of Toronto’s many communities and neighbourhoods and uses an intelligence-led deployment strategy to enhance safety in the city.$33,000,000
Town of Collingwood Police Services Board

High School Resource Officer
Working collaboratively with community partners, this ongoing project consists of a dedicated uniformed officer with the Collingwood Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police who is responsible for the two high schools in Collingwood. The officer will continue to work closely with staff, parents and community support groups to ensure the safety and security of the students.$84,313

East region local priorities funding recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Belleville Police Services Board

Front-line Community Stakeholders Training
Funding will be used to conduct four two-day training sessions for Belleville Police Service’s frontline supervisors, officers and dispatchers to educate and facilitate partnerships with community stakeholders related to sexual violence/harassment. Training will help ensure a victim-centered approach and integrated service delivery to better support the needs of victims, as well as safeguard compliance with the Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights and the Ontario Victims' Bill of Rights.$343,601
Belleville Police Services Board

Victim Liaison Officer
Belleville Police Service will hire a full-time Victim Liaison Officer (VLO) to ensure a victim-centered approach is entrenched in investigations, along with a focus on integrated service delivery. The VLO will help with understanding the needs of victims, especially victims of sexual abuse and harassment, and ensure compliance with the Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights and the Ontario Victims' Bill of Rights.$271,870
Brockville Police Services Board

A Contemporary Brockville Community Policing Initiative
Brockville Police Service will work collaboratively with social, health and justice-focused agencies and organizations on two priority areas within its community policing programming: mental health and addictions as well as outreach to youth at risk. Funding will be used to address the needs of persons struggling with mental health and addictions issues by steering them to services and supports versus contact with the criminal justice system. Also, funding will be put towards a Community Safety Officer who will provide a range of community policing support programs.$168,627
Cornwall Police Services Board

Enhanced Youth Support/Community Mobilization
Cornwall Police Service will use funding to enhance its Youth Support and Community Mobilization for Crime Prevention Programs. These two successful local initiatives will continue to use well established, effective strategies and add emphasis on integrating innovative outcome-based approaches that are focused on keeping the community safe and resilient.$491,829
Deep River Police Services Board

Assistance through Prevention
Recognizing that video camera systems, education, training and prevention are key elements that can be used to prevent someone from being victimized, Deep River Police Service will use funding to install video systems at the police station and key locations in the Town of Deep River. Deep River police officers, with local partners, will conduct education and training presentations to community members to increase knowledge and prevent them from becoming a victim of person and property crimes.$84,313
Gananoque Police Services Board

Leading the Way 2.0: A Contemporary Community Policing Initiative
As part of this local initiative, a Community Outreach Partnership (COP) will be created - an innovative program that creates a positive bridge between police and community supports to ensure individuals get the help they need. As part of community outreach and engagement programs, a portion of officer time will be dedicated to strengthening community outreach and engagement. Funds will also be used to acquire a comprehensive technical solution for police response to mental health crisis calls.$182,679
Hawkesbury Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team - Enhanced
The Hawkesbury and Russell Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police, along with Hawkesbury General Hospital Mental Health and Addiction Regional Centre, formed the collaborative Mobile Crisis Response Team in 2021. This co-response model provides timely and appropriate intervention to individuals experiencing a mental health and addiction crisis. The funding will help enhance the current model for the Hawkesbury team to address gaps in response capabilities.$98,364
Kingston Police Services Board

Joining Forces in Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Response:  A Contemporary and Collaborative Policing Initiative
Building on the positive outcomes of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team and the Crisis Outreach and Support Team initiatives, the funding will help Kingston Police Service increase staff to enable the team to handle more mental health related calls. This initiative supports Kingston Police’s Mental Health Collaboration Model to be more supportive community partners in mental health strategies.$2,671,559
Ottawa Police Services Board

Advancing Community Policing in Ottawa
Funding will support Ottawa Police Service’s Advancing Community Policing in Ottawa initiative to work with and support its diverse communities. The initiative aims to explore, engage and invest in community partnerships; deliver programs that address risks known to be associated with crime, disorder and victimization; use risk-based approaches to prioritize efforts based on need to ensure resources have the greatest impact; and cultivate a culture of open communication, mutual respect and understanding. Specifically, the initiative includes community outreach and engagement, developing strategies and plans aligned with the province’s Community Safety and Well-Being Framework, refining the service delivery model, enhancing service delivery partnerships and community education and awareness.$8,928,187
Ottawa Police Services Board

Enhancing Traffic and Road Safety in Ottawa
The Enhancing Traffic & Road Safety in Ottawa project is a framework of important goals to improve the impact and efficiency of traffic enforcement efforts. It supports policing efforts as part of Ottawa’s Towards Zero program that aims to reduce collisions, focusing on those with injuries and fatalities. Funding will support the further development of strong partnerships in the community and a vigorous public education component considered essential to achieving this goal.$8,354,264
Pembroke Police Services Board

Project Lifesaver
Participants in the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s Project Lifesaver Program wear a personalized wristband that allows specially trained OPP officers to effectively respond if caregivers notify police that their loved one is missing. Funding will be used to purchase and supply the mobile-location tracking equipment needed for participants to be located quickly and efficiently, thus reducing the risk of harm to themselves as well as time spent by police conducting a search for them.$36,980
Perth Police Services Board

Lanark County Situation Table and Community Safety and Well-being: Collaborating Upstream
The Lanark County Situation Table and Community Safety and Well-being: Collaborating Upstream project will expand on opportunities with partners to help vulnerable populations in the community. Funding will be used for training, advocacy and outreach, and an enhanced coordination role for increased communication and support in areas such as administration, reporting, liaising/networking for related collaborative programs.$168,67
Prescott Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team
Funding will be used to support the continuation of the Mobile Crisis Response Team, a partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and Brockville General Hospital - Mental Health Services, to assist individuals who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis. The team provides comprehensive support which includes contacting the resident, determining what resources are needed, making initial connections with service providers, and following up to ensure services are being utilized.$84,313
Quinte West Police Services Board

Enhance partnerships with community resources to enable robust, wrap around supports for citizens, while reducing unnecessary police interactions.
This project builds on existing police partnerships with St. Leonard's Intersections Program, victim assistance, addictions and mental health and other community support agencies that help expand police capacity to redirect vulnerable members of the community to appropriate resources. Funding will allow partner agencies to increase the hours they can staff programs for referrals by police.$182,679
Renfrew Police Services Board

Renfrew County Risk Watch (Situation Table)
The Renfrew County Situation Table (RCST) will continue its collaborative work among 16 partner agencies representing various sectors including justice, health, education and social services. The RCST project provides immediate help to people who are at an acutely elevated risk to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of police services and help enhance overall community safety and wellbeing.$98,366
Smiths Falls Police Services Board

Strengthening our Community Outreach and Engagement: A Smiths Falls Community Policing Initiative
Funding will support community outreach and engagement programs that focus on addressing mental health and addictions in the community, increasing police surveillance and enforcement regarding gang activity and drug use, and reinforcing outreach with youth at risk. This project continues from the success of the previous grant cycle which supported front line officers that play a vital role in the increased attention to surveillance and enforcement of drug trafficking and organized crime movement through the town.$182,679

West region local priorities funding recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Aylmer Police Services Board

Values Influences and Peers/School Resource Officer and Mental Health Crisis Response Team
Aylmer Police Service will use funding for its Values Influences and Peers School Resource Officer Program to expand service delivery and police officer engagement in local schools and update the curriculum to include youth-relevant issues such as cyberbullying. Funding will also be used to enhance the Mental Health Crisis Response Team by adding one police officer and one mental health clinician to work together on a robust response to mental health crisis calls that includes follow-up and after care.$84,313
Brantford Police Services Board

Crisis Outreach and Supportive Team
Brantford Police Service will use funding for its Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) program. COAST provides a secondary response to crisis calls that supplements the primary response of the Mobile Crisis Response Team. COAST provides assertive outreach to emotionally disturbed persons, those experiencing serious mental health illness and addiction by intervening to reduce the likelihood of incidents becoming critical.$700,686
Brantford Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team
Funding will be used to help Brantford Police Service’s Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRT) program improve its response to individuals in the community suffering from mental health issues. First established in 2015, the MCRT has streamlined communication between officers and mental health staff and has been expanded as needs were identified.$1,460,761
Chatham-Kent Police Services Board

Community Mobilization Section
Funding will be used to expand capacity and support the work of Chatham-Kent Police Service’s Community Mobilization Section, a program that promotes a holistic approach to community safety. Recognizing that crime, poverty, physical and mental health, addictions and isolation are viewed as contributing factors to safety, the team works with multiple community agencies in addressing social issues in the community.$2,079,731
County of Brant Police Services Board

Project Serve and Detect: A Joint Collaboration with Brant Safe Streets
Brant Ontario Provincial Police and the County of Brant are working together to share information on traffic issues, enforcement and education to ensure that the County of Brant can be a safe and secure area to travel for all community members. This includes the use of Automated License Plate Recognition technology that allows for an officer to be more reactive, increase community safety and bring awareness to local safety initiatives.$295,097
County of Wellington Police Services Board

IMPACT - Support After Suicide
The funding will support the expansion of IMPACT Support After Suicide initiative which consists of the Wellington Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) mental health coordinator, a peer navigator, and a mental health clinician. The OPP mental health coordinator activates the team following a suicide and offers supports to family, friends, witnesses, and workplaces. These supports aim to help mitigate the increased risk of depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and suicide that individuals may experience.$674,506
Elgin Group Police Services Board

Community Mobilization and Engagement/Mental Health & Traffic Safety and Enforcement
Grant funding will support the continued work of the community mobilization and engagement/mental health officer who works collaboratively with individuals, community groups and social agencies to identify and create solutions to gaps in service and provide accessibility to services for those in need. In addition, the funding will support officers who provide traffic management and enforcement services in support of the community and frontline members. The Traffic Management Unit is responsive to community-identified traffic issues as well as issues identified through data analysis.$379,410
Essex Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team and Mental Health Response Unit and Youth Crisis Rapid Response  an existing police co-response model with Essex County OPP. This encompasses the Essex County OPP Crisis Response.
The Mental Health Crisis team responds to calls from individuals that have suspected mental health, addictions, and other crises. Their joined experiences and education assist them with de-escalating situations using advanced skills training, an understanding of mental health and addictions, as well as their expertise in dealing with traumatic events. The collective work of the team has led to positive outcomes such as decreased wait times in the hospital, increased and enhanced follow up as well as community referrals, reduction in the number of repeated calls and the efficient mobilization of community services to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the public.$1,250,649
Grey Highlands Police Services Board

Grey Highlands School & Community Engagement & Safety Officer
The Grey Highlands Police Services Board will maintain the role of the school and community engagement and safety officer. This officer works directly with youth in the Grey Highlands community where they are viewed as allies and partners and provide help when needed.$98,366
Guelph Police Services Board

Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team
Funding will be used to continue to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Guelph Police Service’s (GPS) response to mental health occurrences. The project includes enhancing training for officers to respond to mental health calls and increasing community education and awareness of mental health issues and supports as part of the GPS’s efforts to engage and work collaboratively with the community.$2,585,185
Hanover Police Services Board

Community Trails and Downtown Safety - Increasing Police Presence
The Hanover Police Services Board will expand its volunteer organization known as the Trails-Eyes and Ears Group. This volunteer group regularly walks the trails in the Grey-Bruce area and reports suspicious activity and damages to the police. The community has a significant population of people with mental health issues, drug addiction, inadequate housing and homelessness and the trails are an impacted area. The volunteers help increase visibility on the trails and in the parks. The funding will support officers to conduct patrols in downtown, trails and parks and engage with local residents to improve safety.$84,000
Kincardine Police Services Board

School Resource Officer- Education and Awareness Program
Funding will be used to continue the School Resource Officer Program which places a dedicated police officer in schools in Kincardine and the surrounding area. The program includes the delivery of educational programs to develop long-term benefits of social development, risk reduction and intervention, on-site safety and security, investigation of school-based incidents and the development of a large network of community partnerships. The school resource officer also works closely with school administration to assist in planning for school emergencies and addresses routine safety and wellbeing concerns within the school.$98,366
Lambton Police Services Board

Project Vulnerable- Mobile Crisis Response Team
The grant will allow Lambton County’s Mobile Crisis Response Team – comprised of mental health clinicians employed by the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent working alongside Ontario Provincial Police Lambton Detachment officers – to continue to respond to crisis calls as part of an integrated response model by providing funding for one of the clinicians.$379,230
LaSalle Police Services Board

Community Outreach and Support Team Officer
The funding will assist the LaSalle Police Service to continue with its critical mental health support initiative. The new Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) will consist of an experienced police officer partnered with a qualified Community Crisis Social Worker from Hotel-Dieu Grace Health Care to conduct in-home assessments and help individuals with chronic and persistent mental health concerns, those who have been victimized, and those who have frequent contacts with police and hospitals.$337,500
LaSalle Police Services Board

Traffic Enforcement Unit Coordinator
Grant funding will help provide the LaSalle Police Service’s Traffic Enforcement Unit with the necessary tools and resources to enable the deployment of frontline officers when and where they are needed most to support traffic management, enforcement and road safety.$336,888
London Police Services Board

Community Foot Patrol Unit
The Community Foot Patrol Unit (CFPU) is an integral part of the London Police Service comprised of two sergeants and 19 constables who are deployed on foot and bicycles throughout the year. They provide a highly visible and approachable police presence in the downtown core to enhance community safety and well-being. The funding will help the London Police Service continue the successful work that the CFPU engages in daily.$7,174,221
North Huron Police Service Board

Community Support and Street Crimes Unit Initiative.
Funding will support the Huron County Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, Township of North Huron/Wingham, to enhance its Community Support and Street Crimes Unit. The unit will continue to combat drug/gun trafficking and organized crime, as well as enhance supports for individuals in the community that have mental health and addiction challenges.$179,101
North Perth Police Services Board and West Perth Police Services Board

Community Safety Unit
Grant funding will support the Community Safety Unit (CSU) that has been formed by the Perth County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. The CSU aims to decrease mental health and addiction calls for service and educate about community issues such as addiction, mental health and human trafficking by engaging with local schools and local media.$182,679
Orangeville Police Services Board

Dufferin Mobile Crisis Support
Funding will expand the continuum of care for mental health and addiction clients to include a mobile co-response team which partners a police officer and a skilled crisis worker to respond to all mental health calls in the community. This partnership will provide an opportunity to operationalize a model for crisis response where the knowledge, skills and abilities of both police and clinical staff address a number of crisis response system/service issues, as well as to reduce the policing and hospital costs associated with mental health and addictions.$449,232
Owen Sound Police Services Board

Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Response Team 
Owen Sound Police Services will use the funding to continue to support the Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Response Team (MMHART). MMHART helps create a circle of care with community partners for individuals suffering from mental health and addictions issues, reduces mental health calls for service and the time spent on mental health calls by frontline officers, and provides training and education for officers and the community.$150,000
Owen Sound Police Services Board

Part Time Officer Program
Grant funding will offset costs for the Owen Sound Police Service, a small municipal police service that serves approximately 22,000 residents, to hire part-time police officers to help supplement its full-time personnel. As a regional hub for hospital and medical services, shopping and employment, the daily population increases to an estimated 40,000, creating demands on policing. Part-time police officers augment the police service’s frontline policing resources.$538,560
Sarnia Police Services Board

Mental Health Engagement and Response Team
Funding will support the Mental Health Engagement and Response Team, a collaborative response by the Sarnia Police Service (SPS), the Lambton-Kent Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Bluewater Health to provide rapid response to members of the Sarnia community who are suffering from addiction or a mental health condition and are in crisis. The team will be comprised of one sworn officer of the SPS accompanied by a licensed psychiatric assessment nurse (PAN) from the CMHA.$421,567
Saugeen Shores Police Services Board

Support Services Supervisor
In partnership with municipalities of Bruce and Grey, Saugeen Shores Police Service looks to address community safety priorities such as mental health, addictions/substance use, crime prevention, housing, homelessness and poverty. This grant will allow for the hiring of a support services supervisor to ensure the effective deployment of frontline police officers and the implementation of public safety and community policing initiatives that address local priorities.$182,679
St. Thomas Police Services Board

Project Downtown Connect
This initiative consists of two teams; Mobile Outreach and Support Team (MOST) and Foot Patrol Team. The MOST Team provides early and proactive intervention, de-escalation, and safe transition to appropriate care for persons in crisis or at risk of crisis due to mental health or addictions issues. The Foot Patrol Team aims to increase police visibility in busy areas, enhance citizens' feeling of safety, and build bridges between citizens and police.$786,925
Stratford Police Services Board

Part Time Police Officer Program
A part time policing program is a cost effective and flexible means to increase staff complement on a temporary or interim basis while changes to the frontline service delivery model can be fully implemented and assessed and reduce stress on existing staff. This program has been implemented in many police services with very positive impacts on frontline service delivery and community safety. As part of this program, funding will be used to support four part time officers.$533,985
Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services Board

TERM
TERM stands for enhance "Technology", increase "Engagement", expand "Road Safety" and model the way in "Mental Health".  Through this initiative, each category will be improved by acquiring technical tools, building relationships with community partners and agencies, providing traffic awareness campaigns and enforcement, as well as integrating a successful mobile crisis intervention program with the local Canadian Mental Health Association when responding to persons in crisis.$421,566
Township of Blandford-Blenheim Police Service Board, Ingersoll Police Services Board, Norwich Police Services Board, Tillsonburg Police Services Board and Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Police Services Board

Community Mobilization Officer Initiative
Funding will be provided jointly to the five police boards and used to expand the role of the community mobilization officer position within the Oxford Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. It will allow the officer to continue to maintain valuable partnerships related to human trafficking and mental health supports as well as to work with diverse communities in the county and combat crime directed toward them.$400,489
Township of Blandford-Blenheim Police Service Board, Ingersoll Police Services Board, Norwich Police Services Board, Tillsonburg Police Services Board and Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Police Services Board

Community Oriented Response and Engagement Officer
The Oxford detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, supported by the five Police Services Boards, will use funding to transform an existing position into a community-oriented response and engagement officer. The goal is to build partnerships with business stakeholders by having an officer conduct foot patrol within the downtown core business areas with the aim to connect with economically marginalized community members as well as address ongoing commercial motor vehicle traffic and safety issues in the county. $400,489
Waterloo Police Services Board

Community Engagement and Wellbeing Branch with the Crisis Call Diversion Program
The Community Engagement and Wellbeing Branch (CEWB) is comprised of two units: The Community Engagement Unit (CEU) and the Direct Action Response Team (DART). Each unit is responsible for proactive, visible patrol in communities experiencing elevated risk to safety, supporting front-line officers and bolstering community safety and wellbeing. With this funding, the CEWB will also support the Crisis Call Diversion Program, which will see mental health professionals embedded into the Waterloo Police Services Communication Centre for the purpose of screening and diverting calls for service to appropriate response.$9,309,273
West Grey Police Services Board

Enhancing police response to victims of violent crime
The West Grey Police Service’s (WGPS) goal is to expand its Criminal Investigation Office. This funding will allow a dedicated officer to investigate crimes and prepare education sessions for the vulnerable and school communities as well as work on difficult, complex crimes. WGPS will also continue its ongoing community engagement programs that deal with bullying, sexual violence, life choices and resiliency development, anti human trafficking and cyber-safety.$168,627
Windsor Police Services Board

Community Outreach and Support Team, Situation Table and Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team
This funding will help the Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) Windsor Situation Table and Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) to work together to provide supports to individuals experiencing mental health and addictions related to crisis (or who are at risk of facing one). Connecting individuals with the appropriate community resources and agencies ensures high risk individuals have the supports they need to prevent crisis, diverts away from hospitals and/or justice system and allows for frontline officers to focus on law enforcement duties.$1,489,629
Windsor Police Services Board

Problem Oriented Policing Unit
Windsor Police Service will use the funding to enhance its Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit which focuses on crime prevention, law enforcement, provides assistance to victims of crime, public order maintenance, emergency response and helps facilitate referrals to various health/social programs. The POP Unit works with community partners from social services, mental health and medical and addiction assistance and is aligned with the Windsor Essex Regional Community and Safety Well-Being plan.$3,837,684
Woodstock Police Services Board

Community Response Unit (CRU)
The funding will allow Woodstock Police Service to create a Community Response Unit for high visibility in the downtown core and develop localized strategies to assist people with mental health and substance abuse issues. With the creation of this unit, the Woodstock Police Service will provide proactive policing and work with local residents and community organizations to address and support community safety.$997,709

Northeast region local priorities funding recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Elliot Lake Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team - mental health and education
Project funding will support the extension of Elliot Lake’s Mobile Crisis Response Team MCRT) Project. Initiated in 2020, the MCRT is a partnership between the Elliot Lake Police Services Board, the City of Elliot Lake, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Counselling Centre of East Algoma. Through the MCRT, a social worker partners with an officer to provide a joint response to individuals in crisis to better assist those experiencing mental health issues.$281,045
Espanola Police Services Board

Espanola and LaCloche Foothills Region Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan Implementation
Funding will be used to support the communities of Baldwin, Espanola, Nairn and Hyman and Sables-Spanish Rivers in their joint initiative to develop a community safety and well-being plan. With priority areas of mental health and addictions, affordable housing, access to services and seniors, through the plan, the project aims to grow existing community safety and policing resources while also developing new initiatives with the intent to create a sustainable and collaborative framework that will advance this work once the project cycle is complete.$281,045
Greater Sudbury Police Services Board

Police Community Response Centre
The Police Community Response Centre was created to reprioritize calls for service and provide alternative forms of police response. The Greater Sudbury Police Service will use funding to improve CopLogic – an online reporting system that is part of its Police Community Response Centre. Expanding the types of incidents that can be reported to include hate/bias crime and human trafficking will help reduce call volume at the patrol operations level, enhance overall service delivery and provide additional opportunities and avenues for victims and survivors to report crimes of a sensitive nature that are severely underreported.$1,403,952
Greater Sudbury Police Services Board

Sexual Violence Response & Reduction Team
The Sexual Violence Response & Reduction Team will build on work completed and efforts underway to reduce sexual victimization in the community and support survivors of sexual violence in both physical and cyberspace. Two positions with Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) will evolve to improve case management, and GSPS will continue to ensure survivors of various forms of sexual violence have a safe space to report their experience and are met with compassion and understanding.$811,324
Greater Sudbury Police Services Board

The Community Engagement and Response Team
The Community Engagement and Response Team (CERT) will increase staffing to improve coordination among partners for Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team calls for service. CERT will also be enhanced to include proactive initiatives for vulnerable persons experiencing economic insecurity (i.e., homelessness) such as additional patrols in populated encampment areas to offer appropriate resources.$1,881,886
Kirkland Lake Police Services Board

Opioid Enforcement and Collaboration project
The Kirkland Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police will augment its Community Street Crime Unit with an additional member to continue to gather intelligence, conduct complex investigations, enforcement and support community driven initiatives to combat opioid overdoses. Funding will also be used to purchase specialized equipment to create efficiencies and support investigative efforts.$84,313
North Bay Police Services Board

Community Outreach Officer
The funding will be used to support two full-time officers with the North Bay Police Service dedicated to community outreach that will help increase public safety and reduce crime. The Community Outreach Officer Program will focus on improving the lives of community members by preventing and reducing crime through community policing. Officers assigned to this program will work together to build community partnerships, identify local priorities, engage with community members and increase trust.$618,000
North Bay Police Services Board

Gateway Hub Officer Project
Funding will be used to support the role of full-time officer with the North Bay Police Service dedicated to the Gateway Hub. The Gateway Hub is a multi-sectoral risk intervention model (Situation Table) that provides a frontline, multi-agency forum for identifying individuals and families who are at risk. To meet the unique and immediate needs of these individuals and families, the Gateway Hub addresses the complex and often at-risk situations through a multi-sectoral commitment to systemic engagement. These collaborative interventions occur swiftly, offering appropriate agency referrals, services, and assistance to those in need and often within 24-48 hours.$309,000
North Bay Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Team
The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is a community-led collaborative partnership between the North Bay Police Service (NBPS) and the North Bay Regional Health Centre. The funding will be used to support the role of two full-time officers dedicated to the MCT. It will also help increase outreach and support to individuals and families in crisis, help the NBPS work more closely with community partners, reduce the number of apprehensions and reduce officer hours spent at the hospital.$618,000
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team and Community Safety Officer Initiatives
Funding will provide the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service with the resources needed to run its Mobile Crisis Response Team and Community Safety Officer to supplement front-line officers and tackle local issues, as well as continue to train officers on diversity, equity, and inclusion and help people who struggle with mental health and addictions. The grant will also support Dynamic Patrol, a proactive patrol in high need/high risk areas that reduces crime and helps keep the community safe.$2,585,611
Temiskaming Shores Police Services Board

Drug Prevention, Education, Response and Enforcement Efforts
With drug use/abuse and overdose incidents remaining a growing issue in Temiskaming Shores and surrounding area, the Controlled Substance Education and Street Crime Enforcement initiative will focus on making further progress on strategies and improvements in key areas to address concerns for community well-being and public safety as it relates to drug use. $84,313
Timmins Police Services Board

Community Mobilization - Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, Outreach and Community Safety Team, and Indigenous Liaison
Funding will help Timmins Police Service establish the most effective and efficient community mobilization programs by analyzing modifications and implementing them to meet local needs. This approach requires community stakeholder involvement from areas such as the health, social services, and Indigenous sectors.$1,742,477
West Nipissing Police Services Board

Creation of West Nipissing Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team
The Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will use funding to create a Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team that will consist of one OPP constable who will work in conjunction with a mental health professional to address the growing concerns of mental health related calls for service within the Municipality of West Nipissing.$363,576

Northwest region local priorities funding recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Dryden Police Services Board

Community Safety and Well-Being Initiative Enhancements
After the amalgamation of Dryden Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) the OPP plans to continue to work collaboratively with community partners and stakeholders to enhance social outcomes and make positive choices easier for all residents of the Dryden area. This initiative will focus on utilising school programming and the community services officer to support and educate students on different topics such as phone, internet and bike safety.$281,045
Kenora Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team
Funding will support the health, justice, mental health and addiction sectors of Kenora District that have joined together to develop a model for a mobile crisis response to better meet the needs of persons experiencing mental health and/or addictions-related crises. The goal is to build on the existing services and strengths in the district and work collaboratively to improve access to timely crisis assessment and intervention in the community.$93,134
Kenora Police Services Board

Mobile Crisis Response Team - Youth
In partnership with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory Council, Kenora Police Service’s Mobile Crisis Response Team will continue to provide crisis response to services for youth ages 12 to 24 in Kenora. Funding will support the team’s work to respond to crisis calls from youth, as well as meet with youth placed into care who are acutely at risk.$750,000
Red Lake Police Services Board

Red Lake - Ear Falls Mobile Crisis Response Team
Funding will help offset costs for the Ontario Provincial Police Red Lake detachment to continue to support efforts of the Municipality of Red Lake, Township of Ear Falls and community partners to address issues related to mental health that impact the community. This includes the detachment’s role in supervising the Mobile Crisis Response Team.  $196,731
Shuniah Police Services Board

Frontline police officer enforcement and deployment to work with the Municipality of Shuniah
Funding will provide for a frontline liaison officer to work with the Municipality of Shuniah on local priorities and address law enforcement needs to support the Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Framework. The initiative will focus on social development, prevention, risk intervention and incident response with a goal to have a healthier community, increased understanding of vulnerable groups and neighborhoods, increased engagement of community groups and reduced investment in and reliance on incident response.$196,731
Sioux Narrows Nestor Falls Police Services Board

Community Services Officer
Funding provided will cover the expense of a Sioux Narrows Nestor Falls community services officer that will help enhance community safety. The community services officer is a patrol member dedicated to the Township of Sioux Narrows - Nester Falls whose time is spent exclusively in Sioux Narrows and Nester Falls and the Lake of the Woods area that surrounds the community.$196,731
Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Collaborative on Mental Health Crisis Response Project
Thunder Bay Police Service, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, will enhance an existing collaborative, public safety and community policing initiative: the Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT). The IMPACT program partners a police officer and crisis worker together in the same car to respond to all mental health related and/or substance related 911 calls.$1,878,599
Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Innovations in Community Partnerships Project for Collaboration and Support of Front-line Policing
The funding will support dedicated civilian staff to coordinate police initiatives utilizing harm reduction and wholistic health approaches to crisis, crime, and disorder issues. The coordinator will support front line police officers in the development of additional tools, training and education which address the risk factors of root causes of crisis in the community. Additionally, an analyst will provide support to assess trends, track financial and system data to support local hub model partnerships and front-line officers. This will assist in the development of tools and initiatives to support front-line deployment of officers where they are needed most to prevent or respond to community issues.$569,392

Projects receiving provincial priorities funding

From 2022-25, we are investing $43 million for 46 projects across Ontario that support provincial community safety priorities.

Central region

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Barrie Police Services Board

Project One Stop Shop
The Barrie Police Service will use funding for Project One Stop Shop, a centralized social service centre campus that will house a diverse representation of social service agencies. Consolidating services into one location with a circle-of-care model will improve support to Barrie’s at-risk population and allow care providers to better prepare for current and future needs. This integrated service delivery model will reduce services “working in silos” and offer benefits of collaboration, awareness, resources and shared learning opportunities.$1,456,130
Bradford West Gwillimbury & Innisfil Police Services Board

In Our Sights 2.0: A Progressive South Simcoe Policing Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence
The South Simcoe Police Service (SSPS) will utilize this funding to add a full-time investigator to its Crimes Against Persons Unit to address a rise in sex crimes in the area, including human trafficking, sex trade, child exploitation and sexual assault and violence, and bolster its crime analytics capacity. In addition, SSPS will look to increase partnerships with community agencies to address human trafficking and sexual violence, establish a sex crime working group, pursue a multi-agency collaboration as well as enhance operations targeting virtual platforms.$370,383
Cobourg Police Services Board

Homelessness, Addiction Response Project
Funding will be used to expand Cobourg Police Service’s Homelessness, Addiction Response Project (HARP). One officer will be dedicated to identifying service organizations with resources for mental health, addiction and homelessness in the community. HARP will create an outreach and education program, establish an inter-service community communication plan, and develop a permanent police presence in the downtown core that works with community partners to help the homeless and persons suffering from mental health and addiction issues get connected to the services they need.$410,591
Durham Regional Police Services Board

Project UPSTREAM
To make tangible progress and address priority risk factors identified in Durham Region’s Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan, Durham Regional Police Service’s (DRPS) Project Upstream will create a CSWB coordinator position; launch a CSWB Liaison Officer Program; develop and provide specialized training for DRPS officers and community partners; and improve focus on data-driven evaluation and analysis. Project UPSTREAM will also work to help ensure effective collaboration among all community human services partners in the region and will support a reduction in the number of situations of acutely elevated risk.$1,139,040
Regional Municipality of Halton Police Services Board

#NoHateInHalton - Promoting Respect, Equity and Inclusivity in our Community
Halton Regional Police Service and the Region of Halton have partnered to develop a progressive and comprehensive Community Safety and Well Being Plan focusing on four zones of intervention including incident response, risk intervention, prevention and social development. The Region of Halton has had a significant increase in the number of reported hate incidents. With this funding, the #NoHateInHalton project will build further capacity within the Regional Municipality of Halton Police Service and the community to effectively respond to acts of hate. The project will increase support and training for frontline officers, provide education and outreach opportunities to the community, aim to reduce barriers to reporting and increase the feeling of community safety by supporting impacted individuals and groups.$1,204,789
Hamilton Police Services Board

Rapid Intervention Support Team
Funding will enable the development of the Rapid Intervention and Support Team (RIST). RIST will be made up of a program coordinator, officers, paramedics, a housing navigator, an addiction navigator, a mental health navigator, a youth navigator, a women’s systems navigator and an Indigenous navigator. It will focus on supporting those who are homeless, experiencing mental illness and/or struggling with addiction. It will offer in-the-moment supports to navigate social service and healthcare systems and will refer them to appropriate services to improve their quality of life and decrease their negative interaction with police. The youth navigator and youth officers will facilitate the Youth Engagement Series (Y.E.S.) for youth 15-24 years old. The Y.E.S. program will be a six-part presentation series on various topics (human trafficking, guns and gangs, social media, vice and drugs, support services, individuals with lived experience).$1,493,539
Midland Police Services Board

Enforcement and crime suppression of gun and gang violence and drug trafficking
The Ontario Provincial Police Central Region’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) will continue its enforcement and crime suppression efforts to end gun and gang violence and drug trafficking. Project funding will help expand the communities involved to include Midland, Penetanguishene, Caledon, Orangeville, Shelburne, Orillia, Collingwood, and Nottawasaga. It will also help equip CSCU teams with enhanced tools, additional personnel and provide a more collaborative approach to combat gun and gang violence in these communities.$1,127,969
Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board

NRPS Human Trafficking Unit
As the number of sexual services being advertised within the Niagara Region has increased significantly, the expansion of Niagara Regional Police Service’s Human Trafficking has led to the increase in proactive investigations which in turn has produced positive results. Funding will be used to add two detective constables to the unit. They will respond reactively to reports generated by frontline policing on daily basis.$1,350,000  
Orillia Police Services Board

Crisis Outreach and Support Team
The Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) engages and liaises with at-risk individuals in the community prior to a potential mental health related crisis. Through this funding, COAST will add two Ontario Provincial Police constables and two mental health workers from the Canadian Mental Health Association who will respond both proactively and reactively to mental health related calls for service. COAST will also explore the possibility of widening its network of mental health stakeholders to provide greater assistance in proactive mental health outreach.$319,794
Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board

Project Care
Peel Regional Police Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Unit investigates complaints of family violence, support survivors and lay charges. Since the IPV Unit was launched in April 2021 with 48 specialized officers, charges for sexual and intimate partner violence increased 47 per cent. Through Project CARE, funding will support the hiring of additional officers so the IPV Unit can respond to the current level of calls for service and provide additional specialized trauma support and care to victims of family violence. In addition, funding will be used to help increase awareness, education and training about IPV for community organizations, police officers and the public.$1,500,000
Peterborough Community Police Services Board

Special Victims Unit
The Peterborough Police Services’ Special Victims Unit (SVU) is a specialized and dedicated unit to enhance and improve police response to human trafficking. Through this funding, the SVU will maintain one full-time and one part-time human trafficking investigator as well as five full-time victim services personnel. A major crimes detective and a part-time data analyst will be added to allow the team to serve a wider range of victims. In addition, funding will also support the continuation of programs to help fight organized crime, stop human trafficking and find missing persons.$1,500,000
Saugeen Shores Police Services Board

Prepared to Respond - Enhanced Sexual Violence & Harassment Investigations through awareness, education, and training
Saugeen Shores Police Service (SSPS), in partnership with support agencies, will use funding to improve its investigative processes and support for victims of sexual violence and harassment. The project will expand training to assist officers with providing a compassionate approach to develop the necessary skills and knowledge when investigating sexual violence and harassment issues. SSPS will work with Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth to provide a safe and trusting environment for victims to participate in the criminal investigation and subsequent court proceedings.$80,270
Toronto Police Services Board

Toronto Police Service Program for Provincial Genetic Genealogy Investigations
The funding will assist the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to establish a program to make genetic genealogy available to police services provincewide. With more than 100 cases involving offender DNA that relate to sexual offences and 42 homicides with unknown offender DNA, the TPS will establish a coordinated genetic program for the testing of cases provincewide that would benefit from genetic genealogy. This program will utilize advancements in science to assist in cold and historic cases that involve victims who are members of vulnerable groups.$1,500,000
Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board

Project Trident
Project Trident addresses the victimization, criminalization and marginalization of mental health and hate crimes and will use a three-pronged approach: early intervention, diversion, and follow-up. With this funding, the project will engage faith leaders, newcomers and indigenous partners to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. It will prioritize crisis response by delivering an overtime based Mobile Crisis Response Team to augment existing frontline policing, engage young people through creative virtual and social media platforms and continue to implement human rights education.$1,500,000

East region

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Brockville Police Services Board

Strengthening our Capacity to Combat Crime: A Brockville Community Policing Initiative
To strengthen its capacity to respond to the rising incidents and complexities of gang-related activities and combat drug trafficking and use, Brockville Police Services (BPS) will use funds to continue the work of two officers dedicated to its Community Crime Response Unit. BPS will also enhance its capacity to support the coordination and delivery of the Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) by dedicating a MDS support worker (hosted in a partner organization) for half a day per week for three years.$388,703
Cornwall Community Police Services Board

Project Evolution
Cornwall Police Service (CPS) will use funds to implement a Crisis Call Diversion Program and continue its Mental Health Co-Response Team in partnership with Cornwall Community Hospital's Addiction and Mental Health Services. CPS will also increase capacity in its Hate/Bias Crime Investigation Division and in crime data collection and analysis as well as hire a project coordinator to review and advise on equity, diversity and inclusivity.$925,462
Gananoque Police Services Board

Leading the Way to Combatting Gang Violence and Sex-related Crimes in Our Community:  A Gananoque Police Service Policing Initiative
The Gananoque Police Services has seen an increase in crimes, specifically around human trafficking, sex crimes, intimate partner violence and drug trafficking. To meet the need for greater policing capacity to address local crime as well as combat gang violence and sex-related crimes, this funding will support the training of frontline officers in incident command response and human trafficking, introduce and train a new 12-member Emergency Response Team (ERT), provide essential ERT equipment as well as hire a full-time intelligence officer who will focus exclusively on priority crimes.$246,762
Kingston Police Services Board

Project Beacon
Project Beacon will help make Kingston the hub for intelligence-based policing in smaller cities. The number of personnel in the Special Services Unit will be increased, and the Intelligence Unit will be expanded from two officers to six. Patrol officers will receive training to develop intelligence and criminal sources, while special services officers will undertake training in enforcement action. The project also includes a goal to create an annual conference for gang, drug and intelligence policing units in small to medium-sized cities.$1,350,000
Ottawa Police Services Board

Call Referral Initiative
Funding will allow the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to proceed with a Call Referral Initiative to divert 911 calls of a health, well-being, and social nature to an alternate, more appropriate service provider for response. This will include the review of current calls received by the OPS to establish what types of calls are currently received, in what quantity, and determining if a process (intake, screening, triaging) can be created to effectively filter and divert some callers. In coordination with the City of Ottawa and other partners, OPS will analyze current data to identify referral opportunities; design a call referral process and system; identify community agencies who are ready to participate in the initiative; create an accountability framework around successful completion of calls; and create a monitoring and reporting mechanism.$1,350,000
Perth Police Services Board

PULSE Lanark County
PULSE Lanark County aims to enhance collaborations between human service agencies and police through Prevention, Uplifting, Learning, Supporting and Engaging. Funding will support the hiring of a community outreach worker and a coordinator to support the promotion of diversity and inclusion through social media and outreach. Funding will help enhance the existing Victim Advocate program, facilitate the development of curriculum for anti-oppression/anti-racism, and train individuals in applied suicide intervention skills training. It aims to work upstream to stop and/or prevent the cycle of violence by reaching young people, and to continue efforts through the Community Safety and Well-being Plan to educate about Indigenous trauma and reconciliation. It will also support Planet Youth Lanark County to collect data leading to initiatives to help combat and prevent substance use in children and youth.$474,731
Quinte West Police Services Board

Mobile Community Resource Unit and Wellness Expo
Funding will help launch two pilot projects in the municipality of Quinte West - a Mobile Community Resource Unit and a Wellness Expo. The purpose of these projects is to increase awareness of existing mental health & addictions services within the community, decrease stigma and encourage better communication and collaboration between local agencies while reducing the need for police intervention related to mental health & addiction issues.$62,500
Renfrew Police Services Board

Renfrew and Area Conquer
The Renfrew and Area Conquer (RAC) project is the establishment of a community hub, supported by police and community partners. Through this funding, RAC will work collaboratively across various sectors to develop approaches to address mental health, addictions, sexual violence, harassment and hate crimes more effectively.$1,077,780
Smiths Falls Police Services Board

Building Capacity to Combat Crime: A Smiths Falls Policing Initiative
Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) will use funds to address priority crimes such as human trafficking, sexual violence and harassment as well as hate motivated crime. Its project includes training for officers and partner agencies in both hate motivated crime and human trafficking, in-service training of all SFPS officers in sexual violence and harassment, and the procurement of remote interview technology. Virtual Critical Incidence training for six senior officers related to mental health and addictions will also be provided.$63,750

Northeast region

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Anishinabek Police Governing Authority

Mino-ayaawim-an is translated to being “in good condition/healthiness or strength” in the Ojibwe language.
Through this grant, Project Mino-avaawim-an will provide a proactive solution to mental health and addictions in all sixteen communities policed by the Anishinabek Police Service (APS). The project will not criminalize addiction or mental health but focus its enforcement efforts on those who are bringing illegal drugs and substances into the communities. Funding this project will provide APS with the opportunity to create a dedicated Street Crime Unit to conduct directed and focused patrols, building partnerships with mental health and addiction services as well as allowing enforcement activity to focus on non-traditional organized crime within the community.$1,350,000
Greater Sudbury Police Services Board

Crisis Call Diversion Program
Funding will support the Crisis Call Diversion Program (CCDP) - a collaborative effort of the current Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, mental health/crisis professionals in the form of a call diversion crisis worker, the Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) personnel, and frontline police officers. CCDP will have four qualified crisis workers within the ECC who can offer an additional layer of support for callers in crisis.$1,185,566
North Bay Police Services Board

NBPS Analyst and Researcher
North Bay Police Service (NBPS) will use funds to hire a dedicated full-time researcher to explore how to achieve more comprehensive data collection, evaluation, analysis and reporting on police interactions with individuals who may be experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues and economic uncertainty. A new specialized position to analyze the current opioid crisis in North Bay and the surrounding area will also be created. The analyst will undertake a comprehensive review of the current opioid crisis in the community and support NBPS through tactical, strategic, and criminal intelligence analysis as well as play an integral role in identifying and predicting criminal trends.$405,000
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board

Drug Enforcement Unit Officer expansion program
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service (SSMPS) will use the funding to help address human trafficking, as well as gun and gang issues at their roots. SSMPS will re-introduce school liaison officer positions to partner with school administrators and other agencies to address concerns within the schools, help prevent students from engaging in criminal activity and assist those wanting to get out of the criminal/gang lifestyle by connecting them with the appropriate community supports.$1,500,000
Timmins Police Services Board

Gang migration reduction and education
Timmins Police Service will use funding for training, intelligence gathering, prevention and enforcement activities to combat the escalating violence resulting from the migration of gang members to its community. The initiative is part of a comprehensive plan to address and mitigate illegal activity such as the sale of illicit drugs, human trafficking and gang related offences.$463,705
United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Police Services Commission

Mino Bimaadziwin
 “Mino Bimaadziwin – living a good life” will be introduced to the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising communities through proactive, early intervention methods and educational strategies. It will provide assistance to individuals in crisis and those requiring ongoing support services. Funding will help build upon and enhance existing community mobilization and mental health initiatives through the introduction of two special constables and a mental health nurse. These individuals will provide effective, efficient and culturally informed services, and build upon existing relationships with local organizations to provide information and tools to individuals and supports beyond a traditional police approach. Training will be provided to personnel to ensure adequate knowledge of local resources and best practices. Under supervision the work will be addressed with a holistic approach to community safety and well-being.$1,286,785
Wikwemikong Tribal Police Services Board

Creating Promising Practices for Community-engaged, culturally based approaches to Trauma Informed Policing in First Nations with a focus on improving outcomes for Mental Health & Addictions, Human Trafficking and Officer Resilience
Funding will support a project that focuses on addressing crime linked to mental health, addictions and human trafficking in First Nations as a social issue and consequence of complex historic and intergenerational trauma. The project will develop a comprehensive trauma informed approach for Indigenous police that includes creating evidence-based trauma curriculum and training for officers to better respond to trauma situations as well as improve community awareness to increase resilience and reduce the risk of addictions and human trafficking. In addition, the funding will help create trauma-informed and culturally based Anishinaabe wellness support for officers, first responders and clients involved with mental health, addictions and trafficking calls.$1,120,500

Northwest region

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Project Support
The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) will continue to address human trafficking, sexual violence and gang and gun activity. Through this grant, Operation Support initiatives will include hiring a civilian employee to enhance electronic evidence extraction and dedicate a full-time officer for oversight of lawful processes and draft warrants. In addition, funding will help TBPS provide data evidence to other police agencies to support their investigations, develop training for frontline officers and create public education and awareness campaigns to combat human trafficking.$957,235

West region

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount ($) over three years
Aylmer Police Services Board

Improving Police Support for Victims /Survivors of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence
Aylmer Police Service (APS) will use funding to improve its interactions with survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence. Working with partner agencies, APS will build upon its current responses and commitments to prevent and reduce recidivism rates. Project activities will include training to enhance frontline officer knowledge and skills to support and interact with survivors, improving technical equipment for crime investigators, and launching a social media campaign on how the community can partner with police to combat domestic, family and sexual violence.$320,616
Brantford Police Services Board

Brantford Police Service - High Enforcement & Action Team
The Brantford Police Service (BPS) has a High Enforcement and Action Team (HEAT) to address gun and gang violence, and mental health and addictions. HEAT focuses on getting firearms and drugs out of the community and identifying individuals affiliated with organized gangs. This funding will support the HEAT unit, its five investigators, as well as help the unit to acquire a Firearms Testing Chamber for when firearms are discovered and seized. In addition, the HEAT unit will expand BPS’ ability to support and be a resource for smaller police services.$1,500,000
Chatham-Kent Police Services Board

PROJECT ACHIEVE
Through this grant, Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) will fund Project ACHIEVE to directly address community safety priorities such as mental health and addiction issues. Project ACHIEVE will expand CKPS’ specialized training program for officers and deliver programming that provides mental health information and support to officer’s family members. Officers will also be trained in cultural competencies to be better equipped to recognize, understand and support victims of hate crime. Specific equipment will be purchased to extract data from mobile devices for investigation.$533,840
Guelph Police Services Board

Project Stronger Together - Supporting Violence Prevention and Community Well-being Through Community Collaboration
The goal of Project Stronger Together is to improve public safety around sexual violence and harassment, as well as human trafficking, by filling gaps in training, public education and victim support. Funding will be used to expand the reach of the project, with a particular focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in training for officers and in educational materials for victims, partner agencies and the public.$1,093,900
Lambton Police Services Board

Project 1 in 3: Pre-Charge Youth Diversion Program in Sexual Assault Offences – Extension
Funding will be used to further the work of Project 1 in 3: Pre-Charge Youth Diversion Program in Sexual Assault Offences. Training will be provided for officers and community partners on sexual violence, harassment and trauma informed approaches that assist and support frontline officers to improve their interactions with victims during sexual violence and harassment investigations. It will also assist community partners in providing victim and survivor support and bring awareness to the community about the law, consent and programming availability.$753,609
London Police Services Board

Victim Choice Reporting
Victim Choice Reporting is a pilot project that promotes alternative police response to non-emergency calls, resulting in a more efficient and effective use of resources to focus on the victim’s preferred method of reporting crimes to police. It enables specially trained police and community partners to respond collaboratively to harassment, historical sexual assault, and intimate partner violence related calls for service using a virtual application. This funding will allow the project to study the effectiveness of an Intimate Partner Violence Unit with video conferencing capabilities.$1,498,623
Owen Sound Police Services Board

Community Oriented Response and Enforcement Unit Enhancement
The Community Oriented Response and Enforcement Enhancement Project (CORE) aims to reduce increasing crime severity indices, decrease incidences of gun violence and hate crimes as well as provide further supports to reduce the number of fatal overdoses and addictions. It will deploy three officers in a dedicated unit aimed at restoring proactive, intelligence-led policing initiatives that support at-risk and marginalized populations and use enhanced data collection and evaluation through the use of crime and data analysis.$1,194,800
Sarnia Police Services Board

Collaboratively Tackling Human Trafficking
Sarnia Police will use the funding to allow four officers to increase the number of hours they can focus exclusively on human trafficking. Officers will identify human trafficking locations including hotels, motels and private residences and attempt to identify victims, encourage them to leave their trafficker and seek assistance. Officers would also provide victims with the support to move forward with a formal complaint.$296,534
Six Nations Police Commission

Six Nations Police Service Gun and Gang Initiative
With this funding, the Six Nations Police Services (SNPS) will hire three police officers to address gun and gang violence in Six Nations and deliver specialized training for officers to support major investigations targeting organized crime in the area. The SNPS will also acquire a rotating vehicle rental program to support unmarked patrol operations to monitor gang operations including drugs, guns and human trafficking.$1,499,280
Stratford Police Services Board

Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency Co-Ordinator Providing service members with support through awareness, training and relationship building with mental health professionals in the workplace.
The Stratford Police Service (SPS) partnered with the Huron Perth Health Alliance to implement a Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) to support people in the community experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis. One of the unanticipated results of the MCRRT program was creating a safe environment where police officers and civilian staff could share their personal experiences with a mental health case worker. As a result, this funding will support a SPS Mental Health, Wellness and Resiliency Coordinator who will create a welcoming environment where service members can share their personal and professional experiences and struggles in confidence.$381,130
Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services Board

"Continuous Learning" representing the complex, continuous issues faced by human trafficking victims and the ongoing training required by community members and frontline officers
Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service’s (SCPS) collaborative relationship with the Women's Rural Resource Centre has led to a positive environment to facilitate effective and lasting supports to aid victims. SCPS will use funding to introduce a new victim liaison officer position dedicated to educating community members on human trafficking and how to identify victims as well as ensure that follow up services are provided to the victims of human trafficking.$216,000
St. Thomas Police Services Board

Improving Police Support for Victims / Survivors of Human Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harassment
The St. Thomas Police Service will take a survivor centered approach throughout human trafficking investigations and provide training to enhance frontline officer and stakeholder knowledge in supporting interactions with survivors in more compassionate and sensitive ways. Funding will also support the sustainability of the Technological Crimes Analyst role along with associated technology and training, as well as the continuance of a Street Crimes police officer and a targeted social media awareness campaign to inform the community on how to partner with the police to combat human trafficking.$998,841
Waterloo Regional Police Services Board

Gang and Hate Crime Intelligence and Enforcement Initiative
With this funding, the Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) will continue its successful Gang Intelligence and Enforcement Initiative, expand to include hate and hate motivated crime as well as identify new techniques and partnerships to work with at-risk youth. Through the support of the grant, a fifth full-time officer, dedicated to the hate crime portfolio, will be added, allowing for WRPS to maximize the efficiency of the team and meet the evolving needs of the community.$1,500,000
Windsor Police Services Board

Community Opioid and Substance Use Supports Partnership
Funding will allow Windsor Police Service to ensure the public and all stakeholders in high priority areas affected by opioid misuse are supported. The project seeks to further address opioid/substance use and related crime through a coordinated place-based planning, public education and training strategy among police, community, and public health partners. The team will work with the Windsor Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy Enforcement and Justice Pillar Working Group to guide implementation of public education efforts and to continue to consider multi-sector input.$1,487,668
Woodstock Police Services Board

Community Engagement Officer
Funding will be used to introduce a community engagement officer to expand the existing Mental Health Engagement and Response Team (MHEART). MHEART pairs police officers with mental health clinicians to enhance Woodstock Police Service’s ability to respond to complex mental health situations. It reduces wait times for individuals requiring a crisis response and assists in decreasing emergency room visits by providing timely access to community-based crisis services.$458,645

Provincial priorities funding projects (2020-22)

Provincial program grant recipients

Organization and program nameProgram descriptionFunding amount
Aylmer Police Services Board
Improving Police Support for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Training and Equipment
Aylmer Police Service will continue to collaborate with several community agencies to improve interactions with, and experiences for, survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Funding for this initiative will help provide ongoing training to frontline police officers so they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to adopt a victim-centered approach when supporting survivors of violence. The grant will also help upgrade the police service’s interview room space so that it provides a hospitable environment to victims when reporting their assaults, and, design a targeted social media campaign to increase public awareness on how the community can partner with the police to combat domestic and sexual violence.$191,692
Barrie Police Services Board
Every Voice Matters- A Framework for Child and Youth Sexual Violence Investigations
Barrie Police Service (BPS) and its partners will develop a ground-breaking framework that will help ensure the service’s response to complaints of child and youth sexual violence and human trafficking is coordinated, effective, and victim centered. BPS will work with subject matter experts from policing, academia, and community organizations, such as The Hospital for Sick Children and the local children's aid society, to develop the framework. Additionally, BPS will use its experience contributing to the development of the “Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence” to develop this new best-practices guide.$175,000
Bradford West Gwillimbury & Innisfil (South Simcoe) Police Services Board
In Our Sights to Combat Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence: A Progressive South Simcoe Policing Initiative
The Towns of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury have been the target of increased human trafficking and drug and gang activity in recent years. Funding for this initiative will help South Simcoe Police expand the capacity of its Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAPU) to include a dedicated investigator to lead sex crimes intelligence, investigation and enforcement activities. The goal is to strengthen the strategic foundation for the operation of the CAPU through enacting key program development activities such as the development of a strategic framework for the unit.$150,500
Chatham-Kent Police Services Board
Project SAFE
In partnership with Chatham-Kent Victim Services and other key local and provincial community partners, Chatham-Kent Police Service will develop, launch and implement a comprehensive four-pillar strategy to address sexual violence and harassment within the community. The strategy will focus on providing training to frontline supervisors to ensure they have the skills needed to handle cases in the early stages of investigation as well as building community awareness about human trafficking by engaging the public through social media and partnering with schools. Funding will also help enhance supports provided to victims and survivors as well as upgrade the service’s equipment to increase its capacity to collect, secure and present the best possible evidence in court.$195,476
County of Wellington Police Services Board
Collaborative "We Stand With You" - "WSWU"
The County of Wellington Police Service and its partners will develop a collaborative, coordinated, multi-sectoral approach to supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence, harassment and human trafficking. The WSWU project will focus on establishing and maintaining relationships with key community partners to provide adequate supports to victims. Funding will also help provide training to both police and community partners in areas such as trauma-informed approaches and victims’ resources access. The initiative also includes an education component to allow the community at large to play a greater role in fighting sexual violence, harassment and human trafficking.$160,240
Gananoque Police Services Board
Leading the Way: A Gananoque Police Service Policing Initiative
Funding for this initiative will help Gananoque Police Service hire a full-time investigator to maintain effective intelligence gathering and share with key justice partners, provide crime analytics, collaborate with other police services and justice partners on joint actions in the areas of human trafficking, internet child exploitation, child pornography and child luring, and lead sexual violence and harassment investigations.$156,213
Hamilton Police Services Board
Youth Engagement Series
In partnership with the Hamilton YMCA, the City of Hamilton’s Youth Engagement Strategy and the Xperience Annex, Hamilton Police Service is launching a new, youth-focused engagement program to inform and empower at-risk youth aged 12 to 18 who experience difficulties finding their place in their community. Through the program, youth will attend presentations on topics such as human trafficking, guns and gangs, vice and drugs and social media. Funding will be used to coordinate the creation and operation of the program as well as provide additional support to the Hamilton community through the hiring of an additional anti-human trafficking youth in-transition worker and a part-time court support worker. Through awareness and prevention activities, the anti-human trafficking youth in-transition worker will support youth re-entering school after surviving trafficking, in collaboration with local school boards.$147,800
Hamilton Police Services Board
Youth Prevention and Intervention Initiative
Hamilton Police Service and the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington and Area will work collaboratively, utilizing an integrated service model approach involving various programs to improve community safety and well-being. The Youth Prevention and Intervention Initiative will focus on programming, supports and case management activities for in-risk, at-risk, and high-risk youth in Grades 6, 7 and 8 and their families. It will be provided in person or virtually as appropriate and will take place within the community, in partnership with school boards, with the goal of supporting youth to address criminogenic thinking patterns and to develop pro-social behaviors.$160,281
Kingston Police Services Board
Crushing ICE
Funding for this initiative will help Kingston Police Service pay for a part-time investigative officer to focus on online child exploitation crimes. The grant will also help purchase essential technological tools.$112,698
Lambton Police Services Board
Project 1 in 3: Pre-Charge Youth Diversion Program in Sexual Assault Offences
Lambton Police is launching a new, innovative support program that will focus on youth aged 12 to 17 who have been accused of sexual offences and hold them to a level of accountability when charges have not been laid. The program will educate them about the consequences of their actions in the hope of preventing recidivism. The program will also assist in helping victims of sexual offences heal.$200,000
London Police Services Board
Guns and Gangs - Intervention Through Enforcement
Funding for this initiative will support London Police Service’s internal reorganization of certain operational units within its Criminal Investigation Division in an effort to deploy resources more effectively to accurately respond to crime and violence that the individuals are facing, including guns and gangs and drug trafficking. Under this model, the funding will help support an investigator, as part of the Guns and Gangs Unit, to augment London Police Service’s capacity to enhance community safety through short-term projects, intervention and community partnerships. The projects are directed at gang deterrence and suppressions in areas of the city that require resources. Also, the unit will engage at-risk youth in the community by offering social support services, engage in intelligence-gathering, and develop networks with government and community agencies to help London Police better respond to criminal activity in the community.$118,351
Orangeville Police Services Board Ensuring Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police have the resources and trained officers able to assist in the goal of combating Human TraffickingFunding for this initiative will help launch a two-year education program designed to provide online training and courses in the areas of anti-human trafficking to 69 police officers, in collaboration with multi-sectoral partners. Once trained, these police officers will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out human trafficking investigations, bring perpetrators to justice and identify and protect victims.$120,202
Orillia Police Services Board
Streamlined and Collaborative Response to Sexual Violence
The Orillia Ontario Provincial Police detachment will streamline its handling of sexual assault investigations in a victim-centered manner and hire a full-time officer to oversee the early stages of case management before handing over cases to the investigative team. Funding from this grant will also help develop a one-day workshop for detachment members on how to best manage sexual violence cases. In addition, the grant will be used to redesign the two interview rooms so that they provide a hospitable environment for victims when recounting their assaults.$175,411
Regional Municipality of Halton Police Services Board
Human Trafficking Unit
Halton Regional Police (HRP) has established a robust multi-pronged plan to combat human trafficking — a growing public safety concern in the region. Funding will be used to ensure the Drug and Human Trafficking Unit, the plan’s main component, can continue to operate. With five officers exclusively dedicated to conducting human trafficking investigations and carrying out actions to disrupt these types of operations, the unit plays a central role in HRP’s fight against human trafficking. Other aspects of the plan include providing investigative awareness training to all frontline patrol officers as it pertains to anti-human trafficking and maintaining a 24/7 emergency response support service that provides survivors of human trafficking with emotional support and emergency access to accommodation, clothing and other personal needs.$200,000
Town of Collingwood Police Services Board
The enforcement and suppression of gun and gang violence and drug trafficking in the Collingwood
Town of Blue Mountain area along with education and awareness program
Funding for this initiative will help the Collingwood Police Service equip itself with enhanced tools to monitor gang movement and drug trafficking through surveillance operations. Collingwood Police Service will also educate youth aged 13 to 18 about gun and gang violence and substance abuse through a speaker series.$153,307
Windsor Police Services Board
Educate/Prevent/Enforce and Support
Funding for this initiative will help the Windsor Police Service tackle human trafficking and gun and gang violence through a three-phase approach: Education and prevention, enforcement, and victims’ support. Phase 1 consists of delivering an education and prevention program to young women living in group homes who are particularly vulnerable to being lured into human trafficking. Phase 2 consists of carrying out a series of intelligence-led investigations to identify perpetrators and victims of human trafficking. Lastly, phase 3 focuses on providing victims with exit strategies and the supports they need to escape human trafficking.$200,000
Woodstock Police Services Board
Special Victims Unit
In collaboration with key community partners, Woodstock Police Service is establishing a Special Victims Unit to enhance its support to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, child exploitation and elder abuse. Consisting of two constables and a part-time forensic analyst, the unit will be dedicated to the coordination, investigation and follow-up of offences falling under these categories. The unit will closely work with Woodstock Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit and domestic violence coordinator as well as community partners to ensure the needs of victims are met.$200,000

Ontario Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant

The Ontario CCTV Grant is a provincial grant program launched in August 2020 to support police services by expanding CCTV systems to deter criminal activity and improve public safety. As part of Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy, this grant represents a $6 million investment over three fiscal years (2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023).

For 2022-2023, close to $1.8 million is allocated across 20 police services. Successful recipients are required to pay a minimum of 50 per cent of the total project costs, up to a maximum of $200,000.

2022-2023 Ontario CCTV Grant Recipients

Police service nameProject nameMinistry funding
Barrie Police ServiceProject Viewpoint$50,000
Chatham-Kent Police ServiceBird's Eye View II$64,250
Cobourg Police ServiceEnhancing the Next Gen Community Safety Strategy$176,705
Cornwall Police ServiceProject Clear Eye$48,500
Durham Regional Police ServiceSupport and Outreach Services (SOS) Program$52,062
Greater Sudbury Police ServiceEnhanced Lion's Eye in the Sky$67,340
Niagara Regional Police ServiceGuns, Gangs and Violence - The Use of CCTV Cameras to Curtail Violence in Niagara$175,337
OPP Bancroft (HQ)Bancroft CCTV project$27,473
OPP DrydenOntario Provincial Police Dryden$70,000
OPP North Perth CountyNorth Perth Municipal Park CCTV Project$15,000
OPP Sioux LookoutMunicipality of Sioux Lookout and Police Services Board CCTV Camera Project$48,000
OPP TemagamiLake Temagami Access Point Security Camera Project$22,000
OPP West PerthWest Perth CCTV Project$20,000
Peterborough Police ServiceCommunity Safety CCTV Project$185,505
Sault Ste. Marie Police ServiceCCTV camera deployment in violent crime areas$149,246
Stratford Police ServicesStratford Police video surveillance project$200,000
Toronto Police ServiceCCTV Installation & Integration$73,000
The United Chiefs & Councils of Manitoulin Anishnaabe Police ServiceAnimkii Binesi$93,100
Windsor Police ServiceCity of Windsor Traffic Camera Project$200,000
Wikwemikong Tribal PoliceWikwemikong Monitoring Collective Project$50,216

Victim Support Grant (VSG) program

The Victim Support Grant is a provincial grant program launched in June 2021. It provides funding to police services working with community-based agencies, organizations or Indigenous communities to develop resources that support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence or human trafficking. The current grant was available over two years from 2021-2023 to develop new or enhance existing community initiatives.

All municipal police services, First Nation police services and Ontario Provincial Police were eligible to apply for funding through the VSG program. For 2021-2023, approximately $5.9 million has been allocated across 37 police services and their community partners.

2021-2023 Victim Support Grant recipients
Police service and project nameProject descriptionFunding amount
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service

Human Trafficking Community Mobilization
Funding will help train law enforcement personnel to identify and investigate specific issues related to human trafficking. It will also provide resources to hire a criminal analyst to use database research techniques to identify, predict and help prevent human trafficking. The training provided through this funding will help expand specialized, trauma-informed services for Indigenous women and girls in the Territory of Akwesasne.$90,826
Barrie Police Service (BPS)

Project: When You're Ready
Project: When You're Ready" is comprised of three initiatives: Specialized training, outreach team, and “inclusive spaces.” Specialized training will instruct BPS officers on how to identify and support victims and survivors of human trafficking. Instructors include a human trafficking survivor and Indigenous partners to help officers learn about trauma-informed approaches of support. The creation of an outreach team will help connect victims and survivors with community supports and resources. Lastly, the addition of two "soft rooms" and two private sleeping quarters within BPS’s partner housing shelter will help victims and survivors feel safer and protected.$183,300
Belleville Police Service (BPS)

Survivor Centered Services
BPS will create stronger partnerships with its community partners to deliver a wrap-around approach that provides resources and services to victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. Police officers will receive training on the available services to understand their role in trauma assistance. Funding will also be used to hire a registered psychotherapist as a victim services specialist to provide early in-house counseling to victims and survivors.$200,000
Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS)

Project R.I.S.E. (Relationships, Inclusivity, Support, Education)
R.I.S.E. is a multi-faceted approach to enhance community initiatives, including four areas of development. First, the police service will enhance human trafficking investigations through new equipment and software. Second, it will develop partnerships with community organizations to meet victims’ needs. Next, it will provide additional training for frontline officers, specialty unit officers, and civilian members. Lastly, the funding will help establish a culturally friendly environment to give victims, witnesses, and their families or support systems a private, safe, and comfortable place to participate in spiritual or cultural healing customs, such as smudging for Indigenous communities.$192,424
Cornwall Police Service (CPS)

Circuit Breaker
Circuit Breaker will create a collaborative team between CPS and various community partners to provide victims and survivors of human trafficking and intimate partner violence with integrated services. The project will be supported with new technology for police to be able to access and store digital data from encrypted or locked mobile devices, public and private social media, and other cloud data from perpetrators of human trafficking. CPS will work with Languages of Life, a non-profit charitable interpretation and translation service available to help victims and survivors in over 150 languages at any time of day, year-round. The project will also include providing training to officers, CPS staff and partner staff to enhance their understanding of Indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.$170,500
Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS)

Support and Outreach Services (SOS)
SOS is a two-arm project to address intimate partner violence and human trafficking in Indigenous communities in Durham Region. As part of the project, a crisis intervention counsellor will be hired to provide immediate, on-site intervention services to connect victims to a wide range of community services. DRPS will develop and deliver culturally appropriate human trafficking awareness campaigns to reduce the incidence of human trafficking among Indigenous residents and build trusting relationships with Indigenous communities across Durham region.$200,000
Gananoque Police Service (GPS)

Making a Difference: A Community Victim Support Initiative in Gananoque Ontario
GPS has developed a comprehensive community-centred initiative to strengthen the capacity and training for frontline officers and partner agencies to support victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. The project also aims to enhance GPS's soft interview room through improved technology and enhanced remote interview IT capabilities. GPS will also use the funding to improve community engagement in the areas of intimate partner violence and human trafficking.$133,106
Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS)

Project TIIPS (Trauma-Informed Indigenous Prevention & Support)
Project TIIPS will ensure GSPS delivers trauma-informed supports and services to survivors and victims of human trafficking and intimate partner violence. GSPS will work with Indigenous service providers to ensure supports and services are culturally appropriate. One of the goals of the project is to ensure equitable justice by reducing systemic barriers to accessing services by victims and survivors. The project will also provide Indigenous-centered trauma-informed training for police officers.$199,999
Guelph Police Service (GPS)

IPV/HT Victim Services Worker
Funding will help hire an intimate partner violence/human trafficking victim services worker to be the primary point of contact for victims and community partners/agencies. The role will be managed by the local victim services agency that will be embedded in the GPS Intimate Partner Violence Unit. The worker will provide consistency throughout the process by maintaining information and ensuring all victims’ needs are met through proper case management. They will also take on public education and awareness responsibilities. This grant will help GPS provide additional training to its officers in the areas of intimate partner violence and human trafficking.$200,000
Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS)

Project Darian
Project Darian was established in memory of Darian Henderson-Bellman who was shot and killed in 2020 by her partner. The project seeks to develop a stronger relationship between HRPS and the violence against women (VAW) sector, including women’s shelters and multicultural centres to ensure victims and survivors have a safe place to report intimate partner violence. One of the project’s goals is to remove barriers for survivors, including newcomers to Canada who may fear police because of experiences in their country of origin. HRPS will embed a dedicated VAW support worker in its service and adopt a comprehensive risk assessment and management system to identify and mitigate risks of potential human trafficking and intimate partner violence.$199,000
Hamilton Police Service (HPS)

Community Liaison Program
The Community Liaison Program is a multi-sectoral team that aims to enhance and streamline community resources for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. With the consent of victims or survivors, the HPS and community partners will connect them with the appropriate agency for immediate wrap-around support. Through the program, HPS intends to provide additional training to sworn, civilian, and volunteer members of HPS to enhance their understanding of trauma-informed approaches.$200,000
Kawartha Lakes Police Service (KLPS)

Kawartha Lakes Intimate Partner Violence Support Unit
Funding will help set up the Kawartha Lakes Intimate Partner Violence Support Unit, a multi-sectoral partnership between the KLPS, City of Kawartha Lakes OPP, Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services and Women’s Resources. There are two teams embedded in the unit. One team will address a victim’s immediate needs and provide follow-up support through access to long-term community resources. The second team will plan community education initiatives to raise public awareness about intimate partner violence and locally available support services to help victims leave abusive relationships. Training in trauma-informed approaches will also be provided to police officers.$164,948
London Police Service (LPS)

Victim Support Grant Project
LPS will enhance its capacity to support Indigenous victims and survivors of human trafficking and intimate partner violence and strengthen partnerships with community victim support services. The project includes the creation of a video to be used by police, crown attorneys, and victim supports partners as a training tool for staff to better understand the needs of victims and survivors. The video will include interviews with victims and survivors of violence or trauma. Other culturally sensitive and trauma-informed responses will include making medicine bags to give to victims as a gesture of understanding and healing.$125,000
Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS)

Police and Community Collaboration to Identify and Support Human Trafficking Victims
NRPS will partner with multiple community organizers to launch an initiative aimed at improving its human trafficking response. The project will provide survivor-led training to frontline officers within NRPS, as well as community partners involved in assisting victims and survivors of human trafficking. In addition, Victim Services Niagara will provide a victim advocate to work directly with the NRPS Human Trafficking Unit throughout proactive and reactive investigations. The advocate will be instrumental in explaining available resources to victims and survivors. Human trafficking officers will also be equipped with "in the field" download capability to access cooperating victims' cell phones to gather evidence needed to charge human traffickers.$73,466
North Bay Police Service (NBPS)

Nipissing Enhanced Victim Support Project
NBPS is collaborating with Victim Services of Nipissing District to enhance its capacity to support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. Additional resources will be provided to increase community outreach, education, and training. Funding will also help promote enhanced collaboration between community partners. The grant will help hire a victim support outreach coordinator, create a trauma-informed victim statement room and fund the Trauma Support K9 Program.$200,000
OPP Brant County

Intimate Partner Violence/Human Trafficking Victim Support for the County of Brant
Funding will help OPP Brant County create new public education materials for police officers and other emergency services staff to distribute on calls for service. It will also provide a resource guide for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and/or human trafficking. Local media campaigns will be developed to encourage victims to reach out for help. The grant will help hire additional staff, such as a transitional support worker, to expand the array of services and supports provided to victims and survivors. It will also help OPP Brant County provide training to its staff to ensure they are equipped to use trauma-informed approaches when they respond to crises.$104,500
OPP Dufferin (Orangeville)

Mobile Technology Support Victims of Domestic/Human Trafficking
Funding will help set up an innovative mobile solution that allows victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking to choose where to speak to police. They may choose to engage from their homes or other neutral locations rather than a traditional police station. This solution addresses transportation disparity within the county where many areas remain relatively isolated and disconnected from community supports and services. It will also help victims and survivors access support services in a timely manner by facilitating coordination between police and local victim supports agencies. Training will be provided to police officers and community partner staff on the use and function of the new equipment.$45,387
OPP Grey Bruce (Chatsworth)

We Stand With You2 "WSWU2"
The project will help OPP Grey Bruce establish and maintain relationships with key community partners that have been identified to provide the support victims need, when they need it, throughout their journey. Funding will support enhanced training for both police and community partners in trauma-informed approaches and will set up a series of proactive education measures directed to the community.$154,476
OPP Hawkesbury

Welcome Shelter
OPP Hawkesbury and Maison Interlude House, a local women's shelter, will collaborate to hire one crisis worker and support the daily costs of two rooms located in the shelter. In addition, Maison Interlude will provide police officers with the training they need to interact with victims and survivors of human trafficking, sexual violence, and harassment using a victim/survivor-centered approach that encourages more survivors to report their assaults.$120,000
OPP Headquarters (Investigation & Support Bureau)

A Virtual Tabletop Exercise: Elevating and Empowering the Voices of Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking
This project focuses on providing training to police and community partners through virtual tabletop (TTX) exercises, including the creation of a video and a guide. The TTX exercise is an immersive learning experience integrating the firsthand perspectives of victims, survivors, police officers, and community workers regarding the same event. The TTX exercise will train and enable participants to understand trauma-informed approaches by learning how their own actions impact others and by challenging their own personal views and biases. These exercises will help identify gaps in services, and, in the long term, benefit victims/survivors as it will contribute to a greater understanding of their needs and more collaboration between police and community supports.$199,946
OPP Headquarters (West Parry Sound)

WPS OPP Victim Support Program
Funding will help hire a victim specialist who will operate out of the local OPP detachment and primarily work with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. The victim specialist will connect victims and survivors with Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services, other teams within the detachment as well as local support services for better collaboration. The presence of a victim specialist on site will help victims and survivors feel better supported in a police setting.$167,650
OPP South Bruce/Kincardine Police Services Board

Improving Public Awareness and Engagement in Prevention of and in Support of Victims/Survivors of Intimate Partner/Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking
The project consists of providing support and education to officers, community partners, Indigenous peoples, and other members of the public to understand the signs of intimate partner, sexual violence, and human trafficking. It will also improve public awareness of community agencies available to support victims and survivors. Funding will help police officers receive training to improve their interaction with victims/survivors and connect them to specialized services in the community.$107,800
OPP Lanark County (Perth)

Enhanced Collaborative Approaches to Survivor Engagement (CASE)
This project aims to build on the initial success of the CASE Project by improving communication and partnerships with agencies. It will encourage police officers to give referrals to the program. The project seeks to enhance equity, diversity and inclusivity by increasing knowledge amongst referring agencies regarding resources available to support victims who are Indigenous, LGBTSQS+ or from other cultural communities. Funding will go towards education and training sessions as well as increasing the availability of a Victim Advocate to provide increase supports for victims.$105,922
OPP Nottawasaga

Project Safe Paths
The purpose of Project Safe Paths is to enhance the local OPP detachment’s capacity to deal with and support victims of human trafficking and intimate partner violence through strengthened collaboration with multiple community-based service providers. Funding will go towards a dedicated crisis bed, enhanced crisis worker hours, training sessions for officers and educational workshops in schools. The project emphasizes the rehabilitation of victims of trafficking and domestic violence in a way that is respectful of victims’/survivors’ cultural background.$168,000
OPP Orillia (Central)

Project RISE (Restore Identity & Self Equity)
Project RISE will hire a social worker through the local sexual assault/domestic violence treatment centre to be part of a multi-disciplinary team that will provide evidence-based and trauma-informed services to youth impacted by intimate partner violence. The project will also develop a community partner steering committee, launch a community database, provide training and education to police officers, and establish an education platform.$200,000
OPP Sioux Lookout

Trauma Informed Statement Training for Police and Other Service Providers of Victims of Violent Personal Crimes
OPP Sioux Lookout will create three training videos as well as a trauma-informed approach checklist tool for police to use when completing police interviews and statements with survivors of human trafficking and intimate partner violence. The videos will include input from subject-matter experts including crown attorneys, prosecutors and psychologists. In addition, a training conference will be held for police and other service providers, with presentations from subject-matter experts and survivors. The video will be shared with the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance for distribution to over 90 participating police agencies across Canada.$177,415
OPP Stormont Dundas & Glengarry

Hope Springs Eternal
Hope Springs Eternal will provide officers with tools such as videos created by survivors that can be played to victims that police encounter. Funding will also help create a victim-centered space to conduct interviews and facilitate the transfer of care from police to shelter crisis workers. The program will help increase awareness of human trafficking with both community agencies and members of the population not traditionally targeted. This outreach will be done through media campaigns and training. The program will also help increase emergency shelter services and embed counselling services in shelters for victims of human trafficking.$169,298
OPP Upper Ottawa Valley (Pembroke)

Reducing Risk and Enhancing Victim Safety through Multi-Sectoral Collaboration
This project will provide emergency safety and practical assistance to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking who fall through existing service gaps. Examples of assistance include security cameras and emergency gas cards. Technological equipment will be provided to partner agencies so that victims and survivors can report a crime to police remotely without attending the police station. In addition, the project will offer multi-sectoral training to officers to assist in building capacity, increase professional resiliency strengthen support networks.$139,884
Ottawa Police Service (OPS)

OPS Indigenous Victim Liaison
The OPS Indigenous victim liaison will create and foster ongoing collaborative relationships between the OPS, community-based victim services and Indigenous-serving community organizations. These relationships will enhance the ability to provide culturally-appropriate services to Indigenous victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. The project aims to reduce barriers for Indigenous victims/survivors by providing training to OPS members to ensure they understand the urgency to connect victims or survivors to culturally and linguistically specific community service providers.$200,000
Peel Regional Police (PRP) Project 24/7Grant funding will help hire two additional crisis counselors to provide specialized 24-hour support coverage within the Safe Centre of Peel — a family justice centre that is home to 15 community agencies and PRP’s Intimate Partner Violence unit. The added assistance will strengthen the provision of wrap-around care for victims/survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. The grant will also help provide specialized human trafficking training to PRP’s frontline officers and investigators. The training will ensure that instances of human trafficking are properly identified as such and not as cases of intimate partner violence to ensure victims receive the appropriate supports.$200,000
Six Nations Police Service (SNPS)

Anti Human Trafficking Initiative
Through enhanced collaboration and coordination, SNPS and Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services will create local programs and policies to address human trafficking and increase capacity to improve police response to victims and survivors of human trafficking. This includes human trafficking education and awareness training for law enforcement, support personnel and community members.$133,300
Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS)

Making it Count: Building our Community Collaborative Capacity to Support Victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking
SFPS is joining forces with the Victim Service Lanark County and other community agency partners to address a local increase in intimate partner violence. The multi-faceted project will strengthen partnerships between police and community organizations and provide additional training to police personnel and community partners’ staff. This includes hiring a specialized intimate partner worker, multi-sectoral training to officers and forming a high-risk domestic violence table. A “soft interview room” will also be created as a welcoming space where victims and survivors can recount their assault in a partner community agency.$98,902
St. Thomas Police Service (STPS)

Better Together: A Contemporary Collaborative Victim Support Initiative
Funding for this multi-faceted project will help set up a comprehensive victim-support training program for frontline officers. This program will equip them with the skills and competencies needed to support victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. It will also help establish and operate a multi-sectoral collaboration table to help identify victims and provide support. STPS is also looking to set up public engagement initiatives to increase awareness of intimate partner violence and human trafficking as well as the warning signs to identify these crimes in the community.$120,794
Toronto Police Service (TPS)

Project Survivor - Supporting Survivors and Communities through Training, Awareness and Research
TPS will collaborate with anti-human trafficking organizations to train officers through survivor-informed training programs. This initiative will raise awareness about the dangers of sex trafficking, as well as discuss ways to identify vulnerabilities and prevent exploitation. It will empower segments of society that are particularly vulnerable to recruitment into the sex industry. This initiative will also prioritize economic empowerment to assist survivors to sustain themselves financially by providing workshops on skill building, employment, resources and supports. Funding will also help to acquire new technology to aid in the identification and collection of material evidence to substantiate and assist victims'/survivors' disclosures.$200,000
Windsor Police Service (WPS)

Victims Support - Power In Knowledge
Funding for this project will help create a new collaborative multi-sectoral team to increase support to victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking. It will provide additional training to frontline officers; build community relationships through presentations to racialized or newcomer groups; as well as acquire new equipment for education centres and purchase basic needs or life essentials for survivors when needed.$200,000
Woodstock Police Service (WPS)

Human Trafficking - Take Action
WPS has identified the need to deliver a multi-faceted strategy that combines enforcement and education initiatives to minimize the impacts of human trafficking in its jurisdiction. From an enforcement point of view, WPS will conduct two covert operations to identify victims and provide immediate referrals and resources to them. In addition, WPS and supporting agencies will host a large-scale human trafficking conference. To support public education, WPS will also produce educational videos and webinars that will be made publicly accessible through partner agency social media channels. Funding will also go towards financial support for victims for necessities and access to psychological and addiction counselling.$191.500
York Regional Police (YRP)

Access to Justice: Integrated Services for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
YRP is partnering with York Region Center for Community Safety (YRCCS), a client-centered service delivery hub for survivors of intimate partner violence, to better engage with victims and work with caseworkers to ensure victims’ equitable access to services. Through this project, public education and awareness will be offered to places of worship and immigrant welcome centres to help bridge the gap between police services and immigrant and racialized community members who have experienced intimate partner violence. Additionally, through YRCCS's collaborative service model, YRP will engage with other service agencies to contribute to the holistic supports for survivors through dialogue and case conferences.$200,000