Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 21, 2009 13:45 ET

Funding Assists Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata - an Aboriginal community centre that offers a variety of services and programs.

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.

"Strong, safe communities are highly valued by all Canadians," said Ms. Glover. "Unfortunately, there are many communities that are unfairly targeted by hate crimes and this is unacceptable. The funding announced today will help Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata achieve a greater sense of security."

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: 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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