Gender Based Violence COVID Response Fund - May 13

The government is taking action and here are some of the steps taken so far:  

  • $148 million to help municipalities and social service providers continue to deliver their critical services while keeping clients safe and healthy
  • $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence
  • Shelter workers are deemed essential for child care purposes
  • $2.7 million to Victim Services via the Attorney General’s office

To further support those who need and rely on these services, and to help those on the frontlines caring for some of our most vulnerable, I was proud to announce a $1 million Response Fund. This includes $200,000 for the Assaulted Women’s Helpline as well as the Seniors Helpline.

Minister Dunlop's Statement: