COPA was founded in 1995 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in May 2002. It was created in response to requests from Franco-Ontarian groups all around the province for training and information about assault prevention education programs for children and teens.
COPA’s history maps onto the history of the programming it supports and implements to fulfil its mandate. Furthermore, all of COPA’s programs are rooted in its core program - the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project. The common elements that link all COPA’s programming – philosophy, analysis of social factors increasing vulnerability to violence, approach – have their origins in the CAP Project.
COPA also creates, develops, adapts and disseminates a wide array of educational resources in the area of assault prevention – in French and in English - for children and youth in Ontario. Furthermore, COPA prioritizes the needs of isolated and underserved communities – particularly Franco-Ontarian communities - with a view to building their capacity and responding to their needs.
TRAINING AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
COPA develops educational tools, resources and programs that are subsequently disseminated in the context of training and professional development sessions offered in response to the needs of the group.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS
COPA strives to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue in the public sphere on key issues related to assault prevention, equity and inclusion. A range of tools and means are utilized to meet this objective, including: social media communications, an e-bulletin and various public education campaigns.
COPA sits on committees and participates in community and media-related activities in order to stimulate collective commitment and engagement around the issue of assault prevention.