Ontario Froze All The Money Raised On GiveSendGo For The Freedom Convoy

They also froze the donations raised for an Adopt-A-Trucker campaign.

Ontario Froze All The Money Raised On GiveSendGo For The Freedom Convoy
Toronto Associate Editor

The money raised in two campaigns meant for the Freedom Convoy protesters won't be making it to their pockets after the Ontario government froze the funds.

Ontario froze access to donations raised on GiveSendGo, a Christian crowdfunding website, on " Freedom Convoy " and "Adopt-a-Trucker" campaign pages.

According to an emailed statement from the premier's office, the attorney general successfully petitioned the Superior Court of Justice "for an order pursuant to section 490.8 of the C riminal Code prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations" made through either of these campaigns.

"It binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations," the statement said.

The Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign alone raised over US$8.5 million, (about CA$10.7 million) while Adopt-a-Trucker received just over $700,000.

Following the news, GiveSendGo put out a statement on Twitter.

"Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign," the crowdfunding site tweeted on February 10.

Since January 29, Freedom Convoy demonstrators have been occupying Ottawa's streets in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates as well as the lockdown measures that span across the country.

A GoFundMe page that raised over $10 million for the Freedom Convoy was taken off the website after it was found to be in violation of GoFundMe's terms of service, specifically the term that prohibits promoting violence and harassment. Anyone who donated to this fundraiser will have their money returned to them.

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Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor