Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

October 25, 2010 10:09 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Announces Support for Crime Prevention in the Greater Toronto Area

Programs to offer at-risk youth life skills to make smart choices

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced funding for four projects aimed at preventing crime in the Greater Toronto area. The projects will support youth-at-risk and their families with the tools and strategies needed to prevent crime and build safer communities.

"This Government is committed to building stronger and safer communities," said Minister Toews. "We are offering at-risk youth a variety of skills to help them make smart choices, and avoid involvement in criminal activity. This announcement clearly demonstrates our government's ongoing efforts to reduce crime."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy's (NCPS) Crime Prevention Action Fund, the Government of Canada is providing more than five million dollars in funding to four local projects in the Greater Toronto area.

These projects will focus on providing social interventions, engaging youth in constructive activities, reducing certain risk factors such as anti-social attitudes and violence/aggressive behaviours, raising their grades in school and managing their anger, while decreasing drug use.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention. It is a part of the Government of Canada's plan to tackle crime in order to build stronger, safer communities. 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.

For more information, a backgrounder can be consulted at: www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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