Canada's new Government funds transit security in Alberta



    CALGARY, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
$86,250 in funding to enhance transit security in Alberta. The City of
Lethbridge will receive $30,000 and the City of Red Deer, $56,250, to carry
out risk assessments and to develop security plans.
    "This total funding of $86,250 represents an important step towards
securing transit systems province-wide," said Minister Prentice. "The cities
of Lethbridge and Red Deer will now have the means to prepare their transit
systems for potential threats which reinforces the measures already underway
in larger centres."
    Under round two of Transit-Secure, the Government of Canada's passenger
rail and urban transit security contribution program, up to $2 million in
funding will be provided to rail and urban transit operators outside Canada's
six major urban areas, as well as inter-city rail and bus companies.
    The two-year, $80-million application-based contribution program,
launched in July 2006, is one of the programs included in the $115 million in
funding announced by Prime Minister Harper for Initial Measures to Enhance the
Security of Canada's Passenger Rail and Urban Transit Operations. The program
provides direct assistance to passenger rail and urban transit operators to
further enhance their security measures and to be better equipped to address
potential threats of terrorism.
    "Canada's New Government continues to make investments in the security of
our transportation systems," said Minister Cannon. "The funding announced
today will help smaller operators, along with inter-city rail and bus
companies, develop the building blocks that will help them further enhance
their systems."
    Up to $37 million in funding for round one of this program was announced
in November 2006. The first round was open to operators in the six largest
urban areas in Canada - Montreal, the National Capital Region, Toronto,
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. These operators, along with rail and transit
operators outside the six major urban areas who have not yet received funding,
will be eligible under future rounds of funding.
    Under the program, funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with
75 per cent from the federal government and 25 per cent from the recipient.
This funding is part of $1.4 billion in national security funding committed in
Budget 2006 for a variety of security initiatives that will help protect
Canadians and their communities, including $254 million for transportation
security.
    Details of the contribution program are available at
    www.tc.gc.ca/vigilance/sep/rail/Contribution_Program/menu.htm.




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For further information: Contacts: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable
Jim Prentice, Ottawa, (819) 997-0002; Nicole McNeely, Communications,
Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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