The Liberal government’s first federal budget released by Finance Minister Bill Morneau has promised millions of dollars to help victims across the country.
The budget released on March 22 has allocated $89.9 million over two years for the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for domestic violence survivors.
The investment that was called “unprecedented” in the budget will help support the construction or renovation of more than 3,000 shelter spaces across the country.
The government has also proposed up to $33.6 million over the next five years to help better support victims of domestic violence in First Nations communities.
“No one fleeing domestic violence should be left without a place to turn, including in First Nations communities” the budget said. “Women and children fleeing violence need a safe place to live while they plan and turn the page on violence.”
Another $40 million has been pledged over two years for the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls that was promised on Dec. 8, 2015.
“The number of missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls is a national tragedy,” the budget said.