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How is Restorative Justice Funded?

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How is Restorative Justice Funded in Canada?

Restorative justice programs in Canada are funded through a combination of public and private sources. The funding landscape may vary depending on the province or territory, as well as the specific type of restorative justice program. 

It's important to note that funding availability and sources may evolve over time, and the funding landscape can vary across different provinces and territories in Canada. Restorative justice programs often need to diversify their funding sources to ensure sustainability and long-term success. They may also need to regularly demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of their initiatives to maintain ongoing support from funders and stakeholders.

Here are some common sources of funding for restorative justice initiatives in Canada:

Government Grants: Provincial and federal governments in Canada provide some grants to support restorative justice programs. These grants may be offered by justice departments, community safety agencies, or other relevant government bodies. In BC, the places to start are with Civil Forfeiture Grant Program and the Community Accountability Program (see links below)


Non-Profit Organizations: Many restorative justice programs are run by non-profit organizations. These organizations may receive funding from government grants, private foundations, and charitable donations.


Community Foundations: Community foundations are organizations that provide funding and support to local initiatives, including restorative justice programs. They often focus on meeting the needs of their specific communities.


Corporate Sponsorship: Some restorative justice programs receive funding from corporate sponsors through corporate social responsibility initiatives. Companies interested in supporting community-based projects may fund restorative justice efforts.


Private Foundations: Various private foundations in Canada support social justice and community development initiatives. Restorative justice programs that align with their mission and objectives may be eligible for funding.


Crowdfunding and Community Fundraising: Restorative justice programs may engage in crowdfunding campaigns or community fundraising events to gather financial support from community members and individuals interested in promoting restorative practices.


Private Donors: Generous individuals and philanthropists who believe in the principles of restorative justice may provide financial contributions to support these programs.


Social Impact Bonds: In some cases, restorative justice initiatives may be funded through social impact bonds, where private investors provide capital to fund the program, and government agencies pay investors a return based on the program's success in achieving predetermined outcomes.


Collaborative Funding: Restorative justice programs may collaborate with various stakeholders, such as government agencies, community organizations, and philanthropic bodies, to pool resources and secure funding collectively.


Justice System Budgets: In certain instances, government funding for restorative justice may be integrated into the budgets of justice departments or corrections agencies.


Public Schools: Some public schools are able to acquire funding to support a restorative program that serves the school community directly. 

Join VIRRJA for more details on How to Fund Your Restorative Justice Program 

How to Apply to VIRRJA

We welcome all interested individuals or programs to join VIRRJA.


  • New Member programs and individual practitioners are welcome to apply 

  • Membership Annual Fee is renewable annually on or before January 31. 

    • $25.00/year for RJ programs on Vancouver Island, sunshine Coast and all Gulf Islands-

    • $25.00 / year for affiliate RJ programs and practitioners

    • $10.00 / year for Students

Contact for more information 


Click for membership renewal link 


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