Alberta: The government has set up an additional 211 support number to provide Albertans with access to information, programs and referrals on a wide range of community, social, health and government services.
According to the authorities, gender-based violence remains an ongoing problem in Alberta, and across Canada. One measure of this situation is that gender-based violence crisis hotlines in Alberta saw a 50 per cent or higher increase in the number of calls over the past year. Now more than ever, funding is needed to ensure that organizations in Alberta, and across the country, can support victims and survivors of gender-based violence and their families.
Marc Hull-Jacquin, Executive Director Shelter Movers said that the government is contributing $3 million in Shelter Movers is transformational. This will be able to rapidly deploy our unique, community-based, survivor-centred moving service to support thousands of families in crisis across the Prairies. For survivors fleeing abuse in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, this will be life changing.
Shelter Movers currently operates in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Waterloo Region, and Greater Moncton.
Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth said, “One of the most dangerous times in the life of someone experiencing violence is when they are getting ready to leave. Through this investment in Shelter Movers, we are committed to making part of that decision easier.”