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Public Safety Canada

November 06, 2006 09:42 ET

Canada's New Government Invests in Quebec's At-Risk Youth Through Crime Prevention Programs

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 6, 2006) - As a part of Crime Prevention Week in Quebec, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and the Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal today announced $10 million to support community-based crime prevention initiatives in Quebec that address crime and street gang issues, through the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC).

"Canada's New Government is investing $10 million in Quebec programs that support youth at risk, and help to keep Quebec's streets and schools safe," said Minister Day. "By partnering with Quebec's government and community-based organizations, we can reduce crime by stopping it before it happens," he added.

"Youth gang issues are a growing problem in Montreal. They often make headlines and threaten the safety and security of our community," said Minister Fortier. "This funding will allow our government to work in partnership with Quebec and non-governmental organizations to set up youth crime prevention programs that will make our streets safer."

Mr. Jacques P. Dupuis, Quebec Minister of Public Security, said he is pleased with the Federal government's financial support for crime prevention. "This financing will allow us to support organizations that are fighting crime every day in Quebec. Our approach in this regard is based on partnership and community involvement, which are both essential to successful crime prevention. The funding announced today will enable the implementation of several measures that will make a real difference in the lives of youth who are vulnerable to gang activity," stated Minister Dupuis. Details pertaining to the management of these funds will be spelled out in a Canada-Quebec agreement to be finalized over the next few weeks.

Minister Day and Minister Fortier took this opportunity to announce a contribution of $500,000 over four years to the Table de concertation-jeunesse Bordeaux-Cartierville for their project Une ecole pacifiquement ouverte sur son milieu. The project will help prevent bullying in eight schools in Bordeaux-Cartierville. It will give children the opportunity to attend a series of workshops dealing with issues such as conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of conflicts and racism, as well as offer tools to help parents find solutions for their children.

As part of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, the NCPC works to increase community action to prevent crime, develop and share knowledge of effective crime prevention strategies and coordinate multi-level support for crime prevention.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Minister of Public Works and Government Services
    and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal
    Office of the Honourable Michael M. Fortier
    Frederic Baril
    Press secretary
    819-997-5421
    or
    Quebec Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Security
    Office of the Honorable Jacques P. Dupuis
    Marie-Josee Duhamel
    Press secretary
    418-643-2112