OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - To help reduce hate-motivated crimes in Canadian communities, Public Safety Canada will open calls for proposals for a renewed Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) on December 1st.
While the program has been in place for a number of years, improvements announced today represents a renewed commitment to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities at risk for hate-motivated crimes.
A wider range of costs will now be considered eligible, allowing communities to implement security measures both inside and outside of their facilities, and all not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk can apply, not just those who have been victimized. Changes ensure that funding decisions are provided to applicants within four months of the close of each call; and include a more efficient application process.
Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers can apply through Public Safety Canada's Web site, to obtain the application kit and related information.
Public Safety Canada will also reach out to eligible communities to ensure those who need this support are aware of the program and its applications process.
- SIP funds projects for security infrastructure enhancements to eligible not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.
- Program funds help cover the costs of minor security infrastructure enhancements such as lighting, fencing, cameras, and alarms systems.
- Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $100,000 per project.
- Proposals for the new intake process will now be accepted from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st of each year. This change has been implemented to help process proposals and move funds to eligible communities as quickly and efficiently as possible.
"Over the past few weeks, Canadian communities have been exposed to hateful vandalism and mischief targeting religious institutions, here in Ottawa, and elsewhere in Canada. Together, we stand in solidarity with those affected and condemn these cowardly acts. I am pleased to say that projects funded under this program help ensure Canadians are free to practice their faith, culture and activities peacefully; and I encourage eligible organizations to submit their proposal for consideration."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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