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March 02, 2010 17:17 ET

Government of Canada Supports Crime Prevention Efforts in Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Programs to offer youth life skills to make smart choices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced over $2.2 million in federal support for "The Mandella Project" being offered by the Salmon Arm Partners in Community Leadership Association. The project is aimed at preventing crime in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. 

"This Government is committed to preventing crime and building stronger communities," said Minister Toews. "The funding announced today will support an important project that will help at-risk youth make better choices and avoid becoming involved in criminal activity. This announcement clearly demonstrates the government's commitment to preventing crime and making our streets safe."

Through the National Crime Prevent Strategy (NCPS), the Government of Canada is providing $2,228,832 over five years to Salmon Arm Partners in Community Leadership Association for the Mandella Project – From Risk to Resilience. The project will work with youth struggling with substance use-related issues who are at greatest risk for offending or re-offending. 

"This funding will help at-risk youth in Salmon Arm to find positive alternatives to criminal behaviour," said B.C. Solicitor General Kash Heed. "It will help contribute to crime prevention in the community by helping youth who are struggling with substance use issues to build important skills, establish connections with positive role models and find positive new ways to contribute toward their lives and community."

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The NCPS is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention. The NCPS's priorities are: 

  • addressing early risk factors among vulnerable children, youth and young adults;
  • preventing recidivism among high-risk offenders;
  • fostering crime prevention in Aboriginal and northern communities; and,
  • preventing youth gang and drug-related crime.

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