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Training for Frontline Workers to Stop Gender-based Violence and Support Survivors 2016/17 – 2018/19


The Ontario Women’s Directorate is seeking funding applications for province-wide and regional training of frontline workers to stop gender-based violence and support survivors.

The training will target:

  • Hospitality sector workers (e.g. bartenders and servers) who are in a position to intervene if they witness sexual violence or harassment or people at risk; and
  • Health, education, justice and community service workers who are in a position to intervene and support survivors if they witness or become aware of gender-based violence and support survivors.

Funded initiatives will support commitments in It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment and/or respond to training-related recommendations from the Domestic Violence Advisory Committee (DVAC) and Office of the Chief Coroner.

Applicants are encouraged to consider to the unique needs of diverse groups across the province, including: Aboriginal, Francophone, newcomer, ethno/cultural and religious backgrounds, racialized, older communities, LGBTQ persons (including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning); persons who are Deaf, deafened, oral deaf or hard of hearing, those with disabilities, persons living in rural/remote areas and persons living in poverty. Fifteen percent of funding will be allocated to organizations that support Aboriginal women.

Funding will support initiatives such as:

  • Development of a strategy document, curriculum and implementation plan on how frontline workers in the hospitality industry can recognize and intervene when they witness sexual violence and harassment.
  • Development and/or implementation of training for service providers who are likely to encounter survivors of gender-based violence (e.g. nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers and lawyers);
  • Implementation of best practice policies, procedures and/or protocols to improve support for survivors of sexual violence and harassment;
  • Gender-based training for post-secondary institutions that are preparing students for work within the broader public sector (e.g. nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers and lawyers)
  • Development of culturally sensitive training to address the needs of diverse groups (e.g. Aboriginal, LGBTQ+, women with disabilities) and intersections with other issues (e.g. mental health, addictions, homelessness, poverty and immigration status).

All funding applications must be submitted through Grants Ontario at www.grants.gov.on.ca, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


This invitation for applications is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations may apply for funding:

  • an organization incorporated federally or provincially as a not-for-profit corporation, including social enterprises;
  • an Aboriginal organization that is a legal entity; and
  • a broader public sector organization.

Lead organizations should have a provincial or regional mandate as well as the capacity to train frontline workers within their targeted sector/profession(s). Partnerships and collaboratives will be considered.

Program Guidelines


Vicky M. Gibson
Senior Program Advisor
Ontario Women’s Directorate
416.314.0376 or 866.510.5902

Last updated: February 29, 2016