Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Funding for Two Shelters for Survivors of Domestic Violence
The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced funding of over $7 million to help survivors of domestic violence in Ontario. Funding will be provided to enable the construction of a new shelter and a second shelter will receive funding for renovations and upgrades, including a multi-storey addition.
Green Haven Shelter for Women in Orillia will receive up to $6.2 million to build a new facility with 12 beds and a flexible design to allow for potential future expansion.
Minwaashin Lodge, a 21-bed facility for Indigenous women and families in Ottawa, will receive $1 million for a renovation and addition that will optimize programming spaces and ensure suitable culturally appropriate space.
- Today’s funding announcement will help two women’s shelters to better serve women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence.
- Green Haven Shelter for Women provides services to approximately 140 women and children each year.
- The shelter at Minwaashin Lodge serves 170 women and children each year.
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- Investing in safer, more secure, accessible Violence Against Women shelters is a part of the Ontario government's vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety, free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence. These investments also support Ontario’s goal of ending violence against women and the government's It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.
“The peace of mind that comes with having security and stability is invaluable. These investments are another example of our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivors of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
“Across Ontario, we are investing in a new strategy that will help people get the supports they need to build a safer life for themselves and their children. Funding announced today will allow two shelters in the province to make significant investments so that women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence will have access to services that are dedicated to helping them begin rebuilding their lives.”