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  • September 19, 2008


McGuinty Government Increases Support for YORK REGION Women

September 19, 2008

Women and their children will have more options to escape violence in their homes as Ontario makes good on its promise to restore funding cut by the previous government.

Women’s agencies in the Central East Region will receive $1,751,416, with York Region specifically receiving $272,917 from an $18.9 million investment in more than 200 Ontario organizations.

Across Ontario, the $18.9 million investment will:

  • add 83 beds to existing shelters
  • raise the minimum per bed funding to $30,000 from $25,000
  • provide an across-the-board five percent increase to shelters to restore funding cut by the previous government,
  • provide $1.5 million to second stage housing providers; and,
  • support a new Francophone shelter in Timmins

“The sad reality is that no group of women – young, old, immigrants or Canadian-born – is free from acts of domestic violence,” said Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur. “In challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to meet our commitment to help women and children who aren’t safe in their own homes.”


  • Statistics Canada estimates that only 28 per cent of victims of spousal violence report it to the police.
  • The Neighbours, Friends and Families public education campaign provides information to help people recognize the signs of abuse and know what to do.
  • The Ministry of Community and Social Services provides $136 million annually to programs that help reduce domestic violence, a 42% increase since 2004.


  • Learn more about the government’s Domestic Violence Action Plan
  • To locate a shelter, visit Shelternet or contact the Assaulted Women’s Help Line at (416) 863-0511 in the Greater Toronto Area, or toll-free anywhere in Ontario at 1-866-863-0511. TTY service is available at 1-866-863-7868.

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