Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

June 22, 2009 15:16 ET

Government of Canada Expands Program to Protect Communities From Hate Motivated Acts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced changes to the criteria for the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program to make it easier for vulnerable communities to benefit.

"Canadians have expressed concern about hate-motivated crime," said Minister Van Loan. "Certain communities have been targets of threats, vandalism, fire-bombings and physical violence. The new eligibility criteria will extend the reach of this program and will help make our communities safer."

Effective immediately, those eligible applicants who have experienced hate crime against their community but not necessarily specific acts of hate-motivated crime at their project site, can now apply for funding.

In addition, the application deadline has been extended to July 17, 2009, to provide applicants with enough time to complete their application. Applicants are encouraged to work together with Public Safety Canada staff in developing applications.

Minister Van Loan recently announced an extension to the SIP Program for an additional year to enable many more organizations from communities at risk to benefit from security infrastructure improvements. Up to $1 million in funding is available for this extension.

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is administered by Public Safety Canada.

For more information, please refer to: Application Guide - Addendum (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/le/_fl/sip-app-guide-addendum-eng.doc)

For more information about the revised application requirements and how to apply, please visit Public Safety Canada's website at www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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