Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

June 14, 2009 17:52 ET

Funding Assists Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support in the amount of $64,000 for security infrastructure enhancements for Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) - a Hindu organization that allows for the practice, worship, and advancement of the Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan faith.

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 Minister Kenney. "The funding announced today will help to safeguard the safety and welfare of our vulnerable communities."

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 July 17, 2009 application deadline.

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

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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