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Supporting Crisis Hotlines Across Canada

Crisis hotlines are a lifeline to survivors of gender-based violence and are critical support services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for crisis hotline services significantly increased across Canada. Budget 2021 committed $30 million over 5 years to address this urgent need. 

Supporting crisis hotlines is an important initiative that is part of the ongoing efforts by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to address gender-based violence. This work builds on the historic endorsement of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence by the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in November 2022. 

Funding to crisis hotlines will help provide more robust services, resources, and supports to serve the urgent needs of all survivors of gender-based violence and their families, no matter where they live.  

Since August 2022, the Government of Canada has signed bilateral agreements with 9 provinces and territories, and will continue to work with the others to finalize similar agreements:

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