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November 15, 2010 11:22 ET

Member of Parliament Steven Blaney Announces Support for Crime Prevention in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Program offers at-risk youth life skills to make smart choices

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - Today, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced $1.25 million over 5 years in support for a crime prevention project called Forces de frappe that will help at-risk youth in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to steer away from crime.

"Today's announcement is welcome news for this community. Our government is once again demonstrating its commitment to preventing crime and building safer communities," said Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "Through the support we're announcing today, this government is showing it is serious about reducing crime and helping at-risk youth avoid criminal activities."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy's (NCPS) Crime Prevention Action Fund, the Government of Canada is providing funding to Pour un Réseau Actif dans nos Quartiers (PRAQ) to implement the Forces de frappe project. This project provides youth at risk of delinquency and their families access to services such as mentoring and tutoring programs in their community, and offers a combination of cultural, community and sporting activities.

Since 1999, the Quebec Ministère de la Sécurité publique has also been supporting these crime prevention initiatives by working with Public Safety Canada to co-manage the funding allocated to Quebec through the NCPS.

The NCPS is administered by the National Crime Prevention Centre within Public Safety Canada. The strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about effective crime prevention measures. The NCPS's priorities are: 

  • addressing early risk factors among vulnerable children, youth, and young adults;
  • preventing recidivism among high-risk offenders;
  • fostering crime prevention in Aboriginal and Northern communities; and
  • preventing youth gang and drug-related crime.

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