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Public Safety Canada

September 13, 2012 13:26 ET

Harper Government Helps Keep Our Communities Safe by Tackling Crime

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, announced that the National Crime Prevention Centre is ready to receive applications for its next funding intake.

"The Harper Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe," said Minister Toews. "Youth crime and violence are serious concerns for many Canadian families and communities, which is why I am happy to announce today that we are once again investing in community-based projects that help those who are most at risk of offending. Projects that receive funding will provide at-risk youth with life skills that will empower them to make smart choices and to stay away from crime."

The priorities of this funding intake are:

  • preventing violence among at-risk youth ages 12 to 17 years;
  • preventing offending among Aboriginal children and youth ages 6 to 17 in urban centres; and
  • preventing school-based bullying.

The government is providing up to $10 million toward new crime prevention projects in this call for applications. The deadline for applications is October 25, 2012.

"The Government has extended funding for the LINKing Refugee Youth and Families to Positive Social Supports project, a unique program that the Government supported through the previous funding intake," said Minister Toews. "This project will continue to help newly-arrived refugee youth in Winnipeg steer clear of gangs and crime."

In 2011 alone, the government funded 138 community-based crime prevention programs through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, in which nearly 16,000 at-risk youth participated.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) 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. It is a part of the Government's plan to tackle crime in order to build stronger, safer communities.

Backgrounder

Keeping our Communities Safe by Tackling Crime Through Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy

For more information about National Crime Prevention Centre funding and to find out how to apply, please visit http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cp/cpaf/index-eng.aspx

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Contact Information

  • Julie Carmichael
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    613-991-2865

    Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    613-991-0657
    media@ps-sp.gc.ca