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September 05, 2008 15:57 ET

Canada's Government supports community organizations targeted by hate crime - British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced support for four Jewish community organizations to assist them with security infrastructure enhancements.

"In July 2007, our Government announced the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot Program," said Minister Day. "Today's announcement demonstrates our government's leadership and commitment to protecting the right of all Canadians to live in a society where every citizen is safe in their community."

The Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program is a $3 million, two-year pilot program administered by Public Safety Canada. The program helps defray the costs of security infrastructure enhancements at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship that are clearly linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

Today's announcement will see up to $111,231 in program funding provided to the four community organizations to help with security improvement costs.

Eligible costs include:

- security assessments;

- security equipment and hardware, such as alarm systems, closed-circuit televisions, fences, gates, lighting, intercom systems;

- minor construction costs related to the project, such as contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, installation fees; and

- training costs for the use of new security equipment.

Thus far, the SIP Program is providing funding to 38 organizations across Canada.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Protecting Communities-at-risk: Organizations receiving funds

The following four community organizations from British Columbia received contribution funding to support their efforts to enhancing various security infrastructure needs. Additional funded organizations will be announced separately.

- Beth Tikvah Congregation and Centre (Richmond - $26,605) provides educational, social, recreational and social service programs to the Conservative Jewish community residing in the area of the Greater Vancouver area.

- Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver - $66,219) provides leadership in cultural, recreational, educational, and social activities and enables individuals and families to achieve and enhance a positive identification with Jewish life and Israel.

- Temple Sholom (Vancouver - $8,407) is a place of worship, religious school and community centre serving Vancouver's Jewish community.

- Vancouver Hebrew Academy Society (Vancouver - $10,000) is a community Orthodox day school committed to providing excellence in Judaic and General studies and the continuing intellectual and social development of all students.

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