$3 Million Innovation Fund Supports Survivors of Sexual Assault and Harassment through Unique Programs and Partnerships
The Innovation Fund invests in projects that support survivors who are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence and who require services tailored to their needs. The funded projects focus on:
- Indigenous girls and young women in the sex trade or those at risk of being trafficked
- Francophone women with disabilities who have survived sexual violence
- Francophone immigrant women survivors of sexual assault from countries devastated by armed conflicts
- Survivors of sexual violence living in rural and remote areas of Ontario.
The projects that will be supported by the Innovation Fund include:
- The Counselling Centre of East Algoma in Elliot Lake will implement and evaluate a "hub" model that will provide crisis outreach to survivors of sexual violence. The funding will enable the centre to hire a full-time crisis counsellor as well as a part-time nurse practitioner.
- Huronia Transition Homes in Midland will implement a "vertical farming" social enterprise program that will provide flexible employment to survivors of human trafficking. "Vertical farming" is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers. The program will generate income to help provide support services to survivors.
- Le Phénix - service d'intégration social, Inc., a provincial organization, will design, deliver and evaluate a training program and coaching service to help organizations provide support to people with disabilities who have survived sexual violence. This funding will enable the delivery of accessible services in French that are adapted to the needs of Francophone communities.
- The Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto will develop, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate intervention and prevention strategies for girls and young women in the sex trade as well as for those who are at risk of being trafficked. Indigenous women and girls are at increased risk of being trafficked into the sex trade. This funding will provide an outreach worker and cultural training for organizations working with Indigenous women.
- Oasis Centre des femmes in Toronto will conduct research into providing effective support services for Francophone immigrant women who are survivors of sexual assault from countries devastated by armed conflict. The project will focus on how to develop culturally appropriate tools and training to assist counsellors who work with these survivors.
- The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres will implement and evaluate a pilot project on a toolkit of technological tools to help provide support for sexual assault survivors. The coalition will work with six sexual assault centres to create this toolkit, which will be used by frontline support workers.
- The Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County in Pembroke will set up and evaluate a bilingual mobile support unit that will, with local community partners, provide expanded support to sexual assault survivors in the region. Project funding will enable more services to be provided to survivors in Arnprior, Pikwakanagan and Whitewater.