Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

January 08, 2008 13:17 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Halifax Prevention of Youth Gang Activity and Crime

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 8, 2008) - Today the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Cecil P. Clarke, Attorney General and Minister of Justice for Nova Scotia, announced $1.9 million in funding through the National Crime Prevention Centre to support a youth gang prevention project in Halifax.

"Our government is committed to funding projects that help prevent youth at risk from getting involved in gang related activities," said Minister Day. "This project will help Halifax young people at risk between the ages of nine and 14 to make good choices and diminish the chance that they will end up committing crimes."

The Halifax Regional Municipality is receiving a contribution of more than $1.9 million over four years to implement the Youth Advocate Program. This program will focus on preventing youth between the ages of nine and 14 from engaging in gang-related activities and criminal behaviour. Program organizers will direct their efforts toward developing intervention strategies to tackle the root causes that influence youth at risk.

"This important project recognizes that the best way to address crime is to prevent it from happening in the first place," said Minister Clarke. "Nova Scotia recently released a provincial crime prevention strategy, and this initiative supports our collective efforts to help our young people make positive choices."

"As a community, we have to reach out to at-risk youth and give them support and opportunities to make choices that don't involve criminal activity," said Mayor Peter Kelly, Halifax Regional Municipality. "We look forward to working with police and the federal and provincial governments to help make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable young people."

The Government of Canada continues to support initiatives that focus on specific crime concerns. Crime prevention priorities were established in partnership with stakeholders, using careful analysis of key crime trends.

Priorities for funding support include:

- supporting vulnerable families and children at risk;

- preventing youth gang and drug-related crime;

- preventing recidivism among high-risk groups; and

- helping crime prevention activities in Aboriginal communities.

"We will continue working with the provinces, territories, stakeholders and communities to ensure that the projects we invest in are designed locally, to effectively reduce and prevent crime locally," added Minister Day.

Today's announcement is in addition to the more than $1.3 million announced in August 2007 to support communities in Nova Scotia to develop and implement projects that address their local crime priorities.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications