Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 22, 2009 11:18 ET

Public Safety Canada: Funding Assists Communities Targeted by Hate Crime in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements to the Congregation B'Nai Torah and the Tiferes Bais Yaakov School.

The Congregation B'nai Torah is an Orthodox congregation that serves the religious, social, educational, and community needs of the Jewish community. Tiferes Bais Yaakov is an Orthodox Jewish High School for girls, striving to instil in them the understanding of, and commitment to, the Torah.

The funding for these organisations comes from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program, which helps defray the costs of security infrastructure enhancements at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

"Every Canadian deserves to feel secure in their community," said Minister Van Loan. "We are very fortunate to live in a multicultural society where equality is highly valued and hate crimes are not tolerated. The funding announced today will support security infrastructure enhancements for organizations whose security has been jeopardized."

Minister Van Loan recently announced an extension to the SIP Program for an additional year to enable many more organizations from communities at-risk to benefit from security infrastructure improvements. Up to $1 million in funding is available for this extension. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply before the June 17, 2009 application deadline date.

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is administered by Public Safety Canada.

For more information, please refer to:

Backgrounder - SIP Program Overview

(http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2009/nr20090510-1-eng.aspx)

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit Public Safety Canada's website at www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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