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September 11, 2009 14:18 ET

Government of Canada Funds Crime Prevention Effort in Muskoka Region

Program to Offer Boys Life Skills to Make Smart Choices

HUNTSVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Minister of Industry, and Minister responsible for FedNor on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support of close to $500,000 for a local project aimed at providing support and resources for at-risk boys in Muskoka.

"Our government is committed to keeping our communities safe and preventing crime before it happens," said Minister Clement. "The funding announced today will fund a program aimed at offering young boys the support they need to succeed and avoid a life in crime. I am very honoured to be announcing this project in the memory of Carolyn Bray."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing close to $500,000 to the Community YWCA of Muskoka to implement the Quest: Life Skills program for Boys. This project will work with male youth ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old, who are at risk of criminal involvement. As part of the program, the participants will take part in field trips, will be able to explore potential career options, and will also be provided with life-skills training.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

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