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January 28, 2008 10:46 ET

Minister Fortier Announces Almost $2.3 Million in Funding for Six Crime Prevention Projects in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2008) - Today the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with Mr. Guy Ouellette, Parliamentary Assistant to the Quebec Minister of Public Security, on behalf of Mr. Jacques P. Dupuis, Quebec Minister of Justice and Minister of Public Security, announced close to $2.3 million in funding to support six crime prevention projects in Quebec.

"The Government of Canada is proud to be investing in these six community projects, which will help thousands of Quebec youth at risk from falling into a lifestyle of violence, gangs and crime," said Minister Fortier. "By collaborating with our partners, we are helping to strengthen families, provide young people with brighter futures, and ensure that Quebec's communities remain safe."

"As part of our provincial crime prevention efforts, we are pleased to participate in today's funding announcement for communities across Quebec. When all levels of government work together in support of community-based solutions to crime, we will be better able to achieve meaningful results," said Mr. Ouellette.

"Empowering communities can make THE difference in the personal journeys and-especially-the engagement of young people and families at risk," said Ms. Caroline Savard, Director General of the Societe de criminologie du Quebec. "Likewise, the assessment of programs and the transfer of knowledge subsequently gained are essential in our efforts to tackle crime."

Crime prevention funding is focused on priorities established in partnership with stakeholders, using careful analysis of key crime trends. Priorities for support include:

- 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.

Today's announcement is in addition to the more than $7.3 million announced in 2007-2008 in support of Quebec-based crime prevention initiatives.

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.


BACKGROUNDER

The Government of Canada is serious about keeping our communities safe, which is why we are focusing crime prevention projects on those who are most at risk. Through the National Crime Prevention Centre, we are providing almost $2.3 million to support six crime prevention projects that will reach out to more than 5,300 youth at risk in the province of Quebec.

The following projects will work to prevent and reduce crime in local communities across Quebec:

1. The West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) - Development of a Best Practice Prevention Approach to Strengthen Black Families and Reduce Delinquency: This school-based prevention project approach addresses the increasing rates of delinquency among youth in the West Island Community of Montreal and the rising rate of referrals to the youth protection system. The project will further partnerships; continue sports, recreational and tutoring services to youth; and evaluate achieved outcomes. The West Island Black Community Association received a grant in the amount of $50,000 over a one year period.

2. Le Centre Option-Prevention T.V.D.S. - Declic! - Criminalized Gang Membership Awareness and Prevention Project: The goal of this project is to increase awareness among young people of the dangers of joining street gangs. The organization will offer online interactive training to be disseminated to five Montreal secondary schools in neighbourhoods where there is a high incidence of gang-related crime. The Centre Option Prevention T.V.D.S. received a contribution of $149,903 over a one year period.

3. Centre jeunesse de Montreal - Institut Universitaire - Direction des services de readaptation a l'enfance et aux adolescents (CJM-IU-DSREA) - Assessment of Cognitive-Behavioural Program Applied to Teenage Girls Placed in CJM-IU: The goal of this project is to work directly with 200 teenage girls in foster care who are struggling with serious behavioural or delinquency problems. The Centre jeunesse de Montreal received a contribution of $1,218,034 over 39 months.

4. La Maisonnette des Parents - Sport au Max: This project will target 12 boys (ages 8 to 12) and their families. Through the Sport au Max program, these youths, who present a high risk of violence, aggression and delinquency, will learn to develop social and relational skills with their peers and the wider community. La Maisonnette des Parents received a contribution of $45,646 over a one year period.

5. Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach - Kawawachikamach Integrated Crime Prevention Initiative: This project will target Aboriginal youth and youth at risk by focusing on breaking patterns of alcohol abuse and violence perpetuated from one generation to the next. Activities will emphasize positive role models, promoting healthy lifestyles and stimulating personal ambition by promoting education in the community. The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach received a contribution of $300,000 over a three year period.

6. Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, an organization for young adults - Reaching runaways on the streets, a shared child-protection responsibility. The purpose of this project is to effectively counter the undesirable effects resulting from the criminalization of young runaways on the streets through concerted action by institutions, communities and police forces. Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, an organization for young adults, has received a contribution of $498,657 over 36 months.

TOTAL: $2,262,240

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Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Office of the Minister Jacques P. Dupuis
    Minister of Justice and
    Minister of Public Security of Quebec
    Philippe Archambault
    Press Secretary
    418-643-4210