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April 09, 2010 12:32 ET

The Government of Canada Invests in Policing Infrastructure for First Nation Communities in Nova Scotia

Investment will improve policing facilities for First Nations policing services

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) - Today the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova in Nova Scotia, announced approximately $200,000 in funding for policing infrastructure improvements for the First Nation communities of Shubenacadie (Indian Brook) and Pictou Landing in Nova Scotia. This funding is part of approximately $389,000 in funding to be provided through a partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government is stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and giving police the tools they need to make our streets safe," said Minister Toews. "Modern facilities are needed to give law enforcement the upper hand to tackle today's criminals. This government remains committed to making First Nation communities safe."

"By providing First Nation communities in Nova Scotia with improved critical policing infrastructure, we are creating a safer environment and helping those communities prosper," said Minister MacKay.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, $15 million in funding to improve First Nations policing infrastructure was made available to communities currently receiving enhanced funding for police services through Public Safety Canada's First Nations Policing Program (FNPP). Under the FNPP, the Government of Canada provides contribution funding for dedicated and culturally appropriate policing services in First Nation and Inuit communities. The costs are shared by the federal (52%) and provincial (48%) governments.

The Government of Canada expects to contribute approximately $150,000 to the First Nation community of Shubenacadie (Indian Brook) and approximately $52,000 to the First Nation community of Pictou Landing, for a total of approximately $200,000. The government of Nova Scotia contributed approximately $139,180 to the First Nation community of Shubenacadie and $48,000 to the First Nation community of Pictou Landing. Funding from both governments totalled approximately $389,000.

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