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August 20, 2009 11:28 ET

Government of Canada Funds Crime Prevention Efforts in Calgary

Projects to prevent youth-related crime

 CALGARY , ALBERTA - August 20, 2009 – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support of over $3.1 million for three projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime in Calgary.

"The Government of Canada is concerned with crime and gang-related violence in our communities," said Minister Van Loan. "I am pleased to announce funding today for initiatives that address youth gangs, property crime and substance abuse among young people in the city of Calgary."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing over $1 million in funding support over four years to Calgary Police Service's Youth at Risk Development (YARD) Program. This program works in partnership with the City of Calgary and community organizations to implement individualized case management plans for participating youth who are at-risk of joining gangs or who are already involved in gang activity.

The Calgary Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Society was also approved for over
$1 million in federal support over three years to implement their Effective Community Response to Immigrant Youth Gang Crime Project. This project will work with immigrant youth to prevent gang-related crime through education, counselling and community support.

In addition, funding of approximately $900,000 over three years is being provided to Calgary Family Services' Spirit – Girls Identifying Real Life Solutions program. This is a school-based program that uses a blend of group and one-on-one activities to teach girls between the ages of 12 to 15 the benefits of long-term positive relationships and provides them with coping strategies and life skills.

The Honourable Ray Danyluk, Minister of Municipal Affairs for Alberta also participated in the announcement, on behalf of the Honourable Fred Lindsay, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security for Alberta.

"The federal government's support of these community-based initiatives is an important addition to Alberta's efforts to reduce gang crime and the influence of gangs in our communities" said Minister Lindsay. "A strong partnership involving all levels of government, law enforcement, and communities is essential in our ongoing efforts to fight, reduce, and deter crime on our streets and in our neighbourhoods."

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:
The National Crime Prevention Strategy 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.

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