Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 10, 2009 10:01 ET

Funding Assists Communities Targeted by Hate Crime

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced an extension to the Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program, which assists organizations in communities targeted by hate crime to enhance their security measures. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply before the June 17, 2009 application deadline. Up to $1 million in funding will be made available for this program extension.

"Our Government is committed to building stronger, safer communities," said Minister Van Loan. "Our government originated this program in 2007 and we are proud that it is helping ensure a greater sense of security and comfort for many communities targeted by hate-motivated crime across Canada."

In addition, Minister Van Loan announced funding from the program for Reena, a non-profit agency which assists people with developmental disabilities to form lifelong relationships within a framework of Jewish culture and values. The funding will assist the organization with security infrastructure enhancements.

Additional funding announcements for successful applicants who qualified in the second round of applications will be made in the near future.

The SIP Program is administered by Public Safety Canada. The program helps defray the costs of security infrastructure enhancements at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

"Canadians deserve to feel safe in their communities. By extending this pilot program for an additional year, many more organizations from communities at-risk will be able to benefit from security infrastructure improvements," added Minister Van Loan.

For more information, please refer to:

Backgrounder - SIP Program Overview: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2009/nr20090510-1-eng.aspx

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

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