Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 23, 2007 16:18 ET

Minister Day Announces More than $2.4 Million for Eight Crime Prevention Projects in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - Today the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable David Chomiak, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Manitoba, announced that Canada's New Government is providing more than $2.4 million in funding to support eight crime prevention projects in communities across Manitoba.

"Canada's New Government is serious about keeping communities safe which is why we are focusing on what works. With this funding, we are supporting projects that demonstrate positive results for those who are most at risk," said Minister Day. "Important issues such as gang violence and auto-theft can best be tackled by projects that are developed locally and respond to local needs."

"Tough criminal laws combined with action to address the root causes of crime is the key to keeping our communities safe," said Minister Chomiak. "The youth-crime prevention projects announced today will strengthen public safety and complement the action Manitoba is taking on auto theft and gangs."

"Effective crime prevention is a precursor to a permanent reduction in crime," said Winnipeg's Acting Chief of Police Menno Zacharias. "Working in conjunction with a policing model that responds quickly to citizens' needs, these programs will be important steps in building safer communities."

Our government will continue to work with provinces, stakeholders and communities to develop projects that prove they reduce crime. Our funding priorities are:

- supporting vulnerable families and children at risk;

- preventing youth gang and drug-related crime;

- preventing recidivism among high-risk groups; and

- fostering prevention in Aboriginal communities.

As part of Public Safety Canada, the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) provides funding to strategically selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via Marketwire.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.PublicSafety.gc.ca