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Public Safety Canada

June 29, 2011 15:15 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Strengthen Policing Infrastructure in Whitefish Bay

KENORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) - Today, Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament (Kenora), on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, attended the opening of a new policing facility in Naotkamegwanning First Nation. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the governments of Canada and Ontario jointly funded this facility to provide much needed space for police service providers in the community.

"This investment has helped the local economy and will help to improve the safety of Naotkamegwanning First Nation community," said MP Rickford. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, as well as effective partnerships with provinces, our government is investing in critical policing infrastructure, so our law enforcement officers can better protect the safety and security of our communities."

The Government of Canada committed approximately $256,776 for this project, while the Government of Ontario committed approximately $237,024, for a total investment of $493,800.

"This investment confirms our commitment to continued support for community safety in First Nations through improved policing facilities," said Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government delivered $15 million in funding to improve First Nation and Inuit policing infrastructure. This funding was made available to communities receiving enhanced funding for police services through Public Safety Canada's First Nations Policing Program (FNPP).

Under the FNPP, the Government of Canada provides contribution funding for dedicated and culturally appropriate policing services in First Nation and Inuit communities. The costs are shared by the federal (52%) and provincial (48%) governments.

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