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May 17, 2010 11:49 ET

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Announces Funding to Protect Communities Targeted by Hate Crime in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support of over $12,000 for security infrastructure enhancements for the Carpathia Children's Centre and On the Move Inc., an early childhood education centre providing educational programs and activities to over 250 children of various cultural communities. The organization is receiving federal support from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program.

"Our Government is committed to building safe and strong communities," said Minister Vic Toews. "We want to ensure that our vulnerable communities are able to protect themselves against hate-crime incidents. The funding announced today will allow the Carpathia Children's Centre and the On the Move Inc. daycare facility to create a more secure environment for children and staff."

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 televisions, digital video recorders, fences, gates, lighting, intercom systems;
  • minor construction costs related to the project, such as contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, 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 provided funding to 101 organizations across Canada.

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

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