The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Youth Crime Prevention Programs in British Columbia
SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 8, 2007) – The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced $350,000 in funding to support two youth crime prevention projects in the cities of Surrey and Vancouver.”Our Government is committed to keeping our communities safe and providing opportunities for those at risk to make better choices,” said Minister Day. “The projects we are funding today will help curb problems such as gang violence and drug abuse. We will continue to work with local stakeholders to prevent crime in Surrey and Vancouver.”
The two projects are:
Project iR3 (Intervention, Rethink, Refocus & Reintegrate)
Surrey School District No. 36 is receiving $249,488 over 21 months to work with Surrey youth in grades six through eight with a first-time suspension for either violence or drug and alcohol activity. Students will serve their suspension time in a supported and supervised atmosphere designed to increase education, and personal and social awareness.
NASCARS (Never Again Steal CARS)
Ray-Cam Co-operative Association is receiving a one-year contribution of $99,340 for this Vancouver-based project that will work to prevent youth from repeating auto-related crime, and prevent peers and siblings of those already committing auto-related crime from becoming involved. The project will address early risk factors among youth and vulnerable families where there is a history of violence, drug or substance abuse, or criminal activity and gang involvement.
“The Province is committed to preventing crime in partnership with the Government of Canada and communities across B.C.,” said John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia. “The funding provided to these communities today gives at-risk youth an opportunity to turn their lives around as well as the tools needed to build a productive future.”
“The BC Crime Prevention Association supports all initiatives that invest resources in at-risk youth,” said Valerie MacLean, Executive Director of the BC Crime Prevention Association. “Experience has shown that this is the most effective way of preventing a prospective young offender from becoming an adult criminal.”
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.
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.
For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca
For more information, please contact
Public Safety Canada
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety
Director of Communications