Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 26, 2010 13:11 ET

Justice Minister Nicholson Announces Support for Crime Prevention in North Sydney

Program offers at-risk youth life skills to make smart choices

NORTH SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, announced support for a crime prevention program that will help prevent adolescents in the North Sydney area from becoming involved in criminal activities.

"The Government of Canada is dedicated to preventing crime and building stronger communities," said Minister Nicholson. "The financial support announced today will have a direct impact in the lives of youth in North Sydney to help them make smart choices and avoid involvement in criminal activities. Today's announcement clearly demonstrates our Government's ongoing efforts to reduce crime and make our communities safe."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), the Government of Canada is delivering $894,144 over 38 months to the Island Community Justice Society for its Northside Youth Inclusion Program. This project will provide at-risk youth employment training, conflict resolution training, and arts-based programming.This will help to promote positive behaviours, volunteerism, and connectedness to their community, all of which will help to create strong and healthy neighbourhoods that are resistant to crime. 

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.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Hon. Rob Nicholson
    Pamela Stephens
    Press Secretary