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August 31, 2010 09:39 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Announces Funding to Protect Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Shelburne

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced almost $6,000 in funding for security infrastructure enhancements to help prevent hate crimes directed at the Black Loyalist Heritage Society in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. This organization is receiving Government of Canada funding from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program.

"Our government is committed to building stronger and safer communities. Unfortunately, communities are not immune from violent acts that target individuals or groups based on their race, culture, religion or identity," said Minister Toews. "Hate-motivated crime often leaves more than just physical damage, and can put entire communities into a state of fear and anxiety. The funding announced today will improve security so that the communities and cultures the Black Loyalist Heritage Society serves can continue to remain engaged in the community without fear of harm."

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society is a national organization dedicated to discovering, interpreting, safeguarding, and promoting the history and heritage of the Black Loyalists through educational programs, activities and resources. 

"Through the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot Program, the Government of Canada is taking the steps necessary to assist the Black Loyalist Heritage Society in improving its security so that it can safely continue to promote the history and heritage of the Black Loyalists," said Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore – St. Margaret's. "This is important not just to the black community in South Western Nova Scotia but to all of the descendents of the black diaspora in North America."

The Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program provides funding for security enhancements for not-for-profit community centres, provincially-recognized educational institutions, and places of worship linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

Eligible costs include:

  • security assessments (not to exceed 25% of total project costs);

  • security equipment and hardware such as alarm systems, closed-circuit television systems, digital video recorders, fences, gates, and lighting;

  • minor construction costs related to the project, such as contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, and installation fees; and

  • training costs directly related to the new security infrastructure.

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is a $3 million, three-year pilot program administered by Public Safety Canada. The SIP Program has approved funding to 121 organizations across Canada.

For more information about the SIP Program, please visit

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