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Public Safety Canada

May 21, 2009 12:54 ET

Funding Assists Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton - Mill Woods - Beaumont, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements at the Markaz-ul-Islam Society of Edmonton - a place of worship and Islamic Centre for Muslims.

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.

"We are committed to building safe communities for all Canadians," said Mr. Lake. "This pilot program is helping to ensure a greater sense of security for the Markaz-ul-Islam Society of Edmonton and other organizations targeted by hate-motivated crime across Canada."

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.

For more information, please refer to:

Backgrounder - SIP Program Overview

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

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