Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 28, 2009 14:25 ET

Government of Canada Steps up to Protect Communities Targeted by Hate Crimes

Ten Montreal region community organizations benefit

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support of over $220,000 for security infrastructure enhancements for ten community organizations in the Montreal region.

"Building stronger, safer communities is a priority for this government," said Minister Kenney. "Unfortunately, there are many communities that are targeted by hate. The funding announced today will help organizations in the Montreal region to improve their ability to protect themselves."

The funding comes from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program, which helps defray the costs of security infrastructure enhancements at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

Eligible costs include:

- security assessments (not to exceed 25% of total project costs);

- security equipment and hardware, such as alarm systems, closed-circuit televisions, digital video recorders, fences, gates, lighting, intercom systems;

- minor construction costs related to the project, such as contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, installation fees; and

- training costs directly related to the new security infrastructure

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is a $3 million, three-year pilot program administered by Public Safety Canada. Including the funding announced today, the SIP Program has approved funding for 55 organizations across Canada.

See also:

Backgrounder - Organizations receiving funding (http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2009/nr20090828-1-eng.aspx)

For more information about the program, please visit Public Safety Canada's website at www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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