Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 21, 2009 14:31 ET

Funding Assists Communities Targeted by Hate Crime in Thornhill

THORNHILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) and Member of Parliament for Thornhill, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements for the Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue - a facility that provides religious services to Russian, Israeli and Canadian-born communities.

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 with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting diversity and equality within our communities," said Minister Kent. "Hate crimes are cowardly acts that are never justified. The funding announced today will help a vulnerable community to better protect itself and create a secure environment for its members."

Minister Van Loan recently announced an extension to the SIP Program for an additional year to enable many more organizations from communities at risk to benefit from security infrastructure improvements. Up to $1 million in funding is available for this extension. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply before the June 17, 2009 application deadline date.

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is administered by Public Safety Canada.

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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