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July 06, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Crime Prevention Efforts in Montreal

Gang prevention program to offer at-risk youth life skills to make smart choices

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) - Today, Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu (Lasalle, Quebec), on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced an investment of approximately $7.5 million to support a gang crime prevention project geared towards youth through the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal – Institut Universitaire. Funding for this project comes from the Youth Gang Prevention Fund which is part of the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS).

"The Government of Canada is committed to preventing crime and building stronger communities," said Senator Boisvenu. "The financial support announced today will have a direct impact in the lives of Montreal youth to help them make smart choices, and avoid involvement in criminal activity. Today's announcement clearly demonstrates our Government's ongoing efforts to reduce crime and make our communities safe." 

"The agencies delivering programs and activities to youths and adults who are at a high risk of reoffending may be effective in their respective areas, but no single agency is set up to address the complex issue of street gangs in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary way," says Clément Laporte, Coordinator of the Centre of Expertise on Juvenile Crime and Behavioural Disorders at the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal – Institut Universitaire. "This synergy is what we are trying to achieve with the creation of the project Programme de suivi intensif de Montréal-Gangs de rue (PSI-Montréal)."

The project, Programme de suivi intensif de Montréal-Gangs de rue, is aimed at youth at-risk aged 15-25 who are members of gangs or involved in gang-related criminal activities. Based on their individual risk profile, each youth will receive between 75 to 100 hours of direct intervention spread out over three phases lasting approximately 16 to 18 weeks. They will also be subject to intensive supervision and participate in social integration activities. The families of these youth will also have access to support services.

The NCPS provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention. For more information, please visit the website

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