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Local women’s shelters, sexual assault centres receive support during pandemic

Both the women’s shelter and the sexual assault centre in the Border City are getting a financial boost from the federal government. The Lloydminster Interval Home and the Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre were chosen to receive part of a $40 million fund to help support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund was announced in early April and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development confirmed over the weekend the money has since gone out to non-profits across Canada.

“Organizations that provide a safe place for survivors of violence are open and ready to provide support and we are deeply grateful for their tireless work at this challenging time. The quick flow of these emergency funds will help ensure that these organizations have the resources they need to continue their life saving work,” says Minister Maryam Monsef.

About 420 shelters and 89 sexual assault organizations in Canada have received funding. Indigenous Services Canada is also distributing $10 million to its network of 46 shelters on First Nations reserves and in the Yukon.

Lloydminster Interval Home can be reached by phone at 780-808-5282, email [email protected] or the 24-hour crisis hotline at 780-875-0966 or by texting 780-808-1777.

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Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre can be reached at 306-825-8255 or email [email protected]

Battlefords’ and Area Sexual Assault Centre can be reached by phone at 306-445-0055 or email [email protected]

Battlefords Interval House can be reached by phone at 306-445-2742 , email [email protected] or the 24-hour crisis hotline at 306-445-2742.

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