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Public Safety Canada

April 24, 2009 10:42 ET

Government of Canada Takes Action to Prevent Youth Crime in Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council and for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Quebec City region, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support of $1.7 million for six projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime in the Quebec City region.

"This Government is taking action to prevent crime before it happens," said Minister Verner. "The funding announced today supports crime prevention projects in Quebec that will provide at-risk youth with alternatives to a life of crime and help them to make positive choices."

"I am pleased to give my support to the crime prevention initiatives of Public Safety Canada, and I would like to take this opportunity to express our full cooperation in pursuing their objectives," said Jacques P. Dupuis, Minister of Public Security for Quebec. "We must do everything we can to prevent crime and keep our youth from joining street gangs. Young people are our future, and it is important to invest in their well-being and work to suppress the negative influences to which they may be exposed."

This funding is part of a series of announcements today in the Province of Quebec. Through Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre we are providing close to $3.8 million to support eleven crime prevention projects that will help at-risk youth to make better choices.

The National Crime Prevention Strategy provides funding support to strategically selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

For more information, please visit www.tacklingcrime.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

One of the government's most serious priorities is to keep Canadians safe in their homes and communities, which is why Public Safety Canada is focusing crime prevention projects on those who are most at risk. Through Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre, we are providing close to $3.8 million to support eleven crime prevention projects that will help at-risk youth in Quebec to make better choices and reduce their chances of a life of crime.

The following projects are receiving support:

Gatineau:

Antre-hulloises inc. - "Je choisis, Je grandis pour la vie" (Gatineau, Quebec): This project will work with youth who are at risk of getting involved in gang-related crime. The project will engage participants in activities that help them develop the life skills required to make positive choices and live healthy lives free from the influences of gangs. The amount of the contribution is $328,452 over three years.

Montreal and surrounding area:

Centre jeunesse de la Monteregie - Developing, implementing and evaluating a promising innovative anti-crime program: The delinquency intervention program "Devenir responsable dans sa communaute" (Longueuil, Quebec): This project will work with youth who have at some time entered the youth criminal justice system and are at risk of reoffending. Project activities will include individual and family counselling sessions, social skills development, parenting workshops and support for school and work reintegration. The amount of the contribution is $955,975 over 38 months.

Solidarite Ahuntsic - "Nos jeunes, l'affaire de tous" (Ahuntsic neighbourhood in Montreal, Quebec): This project will work with approximately 50 at-risk children, youth and young adults between the ages of 6 and 25 to address a number of risk factors for gang involvement such as the absence of positive family role models, poor school attachment, absence of sports and leisure activities and association with gang members. The amount of the contribution is $349,506 over five years.

Trans-Art 2000 - "L'Action des Jeunes Solidaires" (South-West, Montreal North and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Quebec): This project will work with youth who are at risk of getting involved in gang-related activity. This project aims to teach participants how to become positive role models in their community by engaging them in activities where they will develop prevention tools. The amount of the contribution is $80,000 over one year.

Institut Interculturel de Montreal (I.I.M.) - Development of the peer helper model for crime prevention: Getting youth from the ethnocultural communities involved (St-Michel and Villeray neighbourhoods of Montreal, Quebec): This project will work with at-risk Haitian and Latin-American youth by pairing them with peers from similar ethnocultural backgrounds who will serve as positive mentors. This project will also work with the parents and with organizations that provide youth services, such as the police and school authorities, to address risk factors affecting the youth and their parents. The amount of the contribution is $369,229 over three years.

Quebec and surrounding area:

Centre jeunesse de Quebec - Institut universitaire - The PreCrimAdo Program: Preventing the criminalization of high-risk teenagers through application of the mediation approach in youth centres (Quebec, Quebec): This project will work with at-risk youth who have been identified as having serious behavioural issues. Project activities will include counselling and mediation sessions for the youth and their families in order to establish positive parent-child relationships and address the root causes of behavioural issues. The amount of the contribution is $228,913 over 32 months.

Maison Marie Frederic - Developing, implementing and disseminating skills development products for a new program based on a multi-sectoral, collective and integrated approach to preventing recidivism of high-risk or potentially criminogenic behaviours among young people experiencing problems or social exclusion (Quebec, Quebec): This project will work with youth and young adults who are at risk of reoffending. Participants will receive services based on individualized case management plans in order to provide them with the skills needed to refrain from criminal behaviour, make better decisions and live healthier lives. The amount of the contribution is $298,919 over three years.

MotivAction Jeunesse - "Plein Quebec: L'aboutissement!" (Limoilou, Quebec): This project will work with immigrant youth who are at risk of criminal activity and gang involvement. The goal of this project is to provide participants with positive life skills in order to mitigate the influences and risks associated with gang involvement. The amount of the contribution is $105,913 over nine months.

Universite Laval - Centre de Recherche sur les jeunes et les familles a risque, faculte des sciences sociales Universite Laval - The PreCrimAdo program -"L'epreuve des faits" (Quebec, Quebec): This project will evaluate the effectiveness of the PreCrimAdo (teen crime prevention) program, which assesses the use of mediation in three designated youth centres in Quebec. The knowledge gained from the project is expected to be disseminated throughout the length of the project. The amount of the contribution is $636,738 over five years.

Patro de Charlesbourg Inc. - "Les ados out!" (Charlesbourg, Quebec): This project will work with youth who are at risk of criminal involvement. The project will bring participants together in a safe environment where they will connect with peer mentors to discuss issues affecting their day-to-day lives and take part in sports and recreational activities. The amount of the contribution is $50,729 over one year.

Conference regionale des eluEs du Bas-Saint-Laurent -Outreach services in the Lower St. Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec): This project will have a team of outreach workers focus on youth between the ages of 12 and 24 at risk of adopting criminal behaviours by identifying and attending to their urgent needs. These outreach workers will provide informal reference and information services, including referrals or accompaniment to substance abuse and job-search centres. The amount of the contribution is $375,037 over 26 months.


TOTAL: $3,779,411

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