History of sexual assault services funding in BC

From 2002 when emergency sexual assault support (ESAS) program funding in BC was cut until 2020 when grant funding started to revive these programs, there have been added challenges to communities in BC seeking to support victims and survivors of sexual assault. In February 2022, the BC Ministry of Finance announced it was adding $22 million of core funding to the government’s budget that will fund sexual assault support programs across the province for the next three years. This offers a promise of sustained funding for communities to help them respond to and prevent sexual assault. Now those communities need our support to help build back and increase capacity to improve their response to and prevention of sexual assault.

We call on community leaders to sign the pledge and be a champion for sexual assault awareness and prevention. You and see a complete list of programs receiving funding here.