Quebec is investing a million dollars to counter the sexual exploitation of young people

News 18 December, 2017
  • Marc-André Gagnon

    Monday, December 18, 2017 15:40

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    QUEBEC – The government Couillard announced on Monday an investment of 1 million dollars over five years in 19 projects aimed at preventing the sexual exploitation of young people.

    Nearly a score of organizations across Quebec for a share of this funding to complete one of their projects.

    “Through this program, organizations benefit from additional resources to implement projects adapted to their local reality,” explained the minister of public Safety, Martin Coiteux.

    This investment is part of the Program of prevention and intervention in relation to sexual exploitation of youth (PPI). Grants to organizations shall be renewable for the duration of the program, that is, until 2020-2021.

    This will allow the body Squat Basse-Ville, where they attended the government’s announcement in Quebec city, to have$ 60,000 more to consolidate its business and hire an worker or a worker from street.

    Mode of funding problem

    The director-general of the Squat Basse-Ville, Véronique Girard, has taken advantage of the presence on its premises of the minister Coiteux and his colleague minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, to raise awareness of the difficulties brought in by the mode of project financing.

    If these rare opportunities for funding to enable it to meet specific needs, there is also the “reverse of the medal,” she stressed in a press conference.

    “Several of the projects see the light of day, but annually, several projects also fall, because the funding has expired, and that the potential for the remake to be financed are minimal, in spite of the persistence of needs,” said Ms. Girard. This phenomenon creates a great loss of expertise within community-based organizations.”

    “It is true that the needs are great,” admitted the minister Coiteux, prior to asserting that the project financing is in addition to the programs of recurrent funding to existing ones.

    – With QMI Agency