Ontario is investing over $1.1 million a year for the next three years to enhance specialized counselling services and community outreach support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Premier Kathleen Wynne visited The Scarborough Hospital today to announce the new funding for hospital-based Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres. Of that funding, approximately $900,000 per year is allotted for enhancing existing specialized counselling services across the province, with an additional $200,000 to develop a province-wide community outreach program.
As part of this investment, Premier Wynne announced that the treatment centre at The Scarborough Hospital will receive over $28,000 in funding.
The Ontario government is also taking steps to ensure that the Standards of Care for treatment centres are being met by enhancing performance reporting standards. Under this initiative, the government will also monitor treatment centres' results to ensure that the new investments are making a difference in the lives of those affected by sexual violence.
Today's announcement is an important step towards achieving the commitments outlined in It's Never Okay, the government's action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. These measures include strengthening the supports provided by hospital-based treatment centres and maintaining round-the-clock access to excellent, appropriate and timely care.
Supporting victims of sexual violence and creating a safer, more inclusive and more equitable province is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talent and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
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