The federal government announced funding Thursday for five organizations in the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming as part of an effort to address gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recipients include:
- The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario – $47,000
- Crisis Centre North Bay (Four Elms Emergency Shelter) – $35,000
- Nipissing Transition House – $35,000
- Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre – $35,000
- Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing – $15,000
“These shelters are very important resources in our riding,” Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota said in a statement.
“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, gender-based violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation, and intimate partner violence was far too common. This unprecedented time has brought with it challenges that many organizations could not manage alone.”
The funding is for organizations that provide gender-based violence support and services, such as emergency helplines, crisis and resource centres, counselling support, crisis intervention, drop-in services and support groups.
It can be used for protective equipment, as well as child care, helping women find alternative housing, and additional staff coverage and capacity.
“Women’s shelters and transition houses have worked for decades to support women and children experiencing violence,” Rota said. “This funding will help ensure that this lifesaving work can continue here in our riding.”