Economical Insurance supports reduction of violence in Quebec schools with financial support for Echec au crime and Info-crime Montréal

MONTREAL, June 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Economical Insurance, one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurance companies, is helping Échec au crime and Info-crime Montréal to empower Quebec youth to make their schools safer places to learn and play. Economical is providing three years of sponsorship funding totaling $37,500 to Échec au crime and $12,000 to Info-Crime Montréal towards the delivery of "Unité sans violence," a program that encourages Quebec elementary school students to neither tolerate nor express violence.

Each student in the "Unité sans violence" program makes a personal commitment to reject the type of violence he or she wishes to take action against, such as bullying, verbal abuse or intimidation. The program urges students to stand up for themselves and to engage in positive behaviour so they can react appropriately in response to violence. Participants then become ambassadors for non-violence in their schools and meet with other students to talk about the program. They give reward vouchers to students who demonstrate peaceful behaviour for a prize draw at the end of each month.

"Across Montreal, more than 2,000 students in 36 schools throughout the city benefit from a reduction of violence in their school through this program delivered by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal," said Jean Touchette, president of Info-crime Montréal.

Elsewhere in the province of Quebec, Échec au crime works with local police forces in the delivery of the "Unité sans violence" program. "We strongly believe in this program and how it is educating young people about how they can help curb violence in their own schools," said Tom McConnell, president of Échec au crime. "It's all about empowering our kids to take ownership of their school environment and become stronger and more confident in their lives."

"We share the belief that empowered students can make a difference in helping to make their own schools safer," said Mayssa Rifaï, Economical's Vice-President, Sales and Distribution, Quebec region. "We are proud to support these initiatives in Quebec that are having a positive impact in reducing the risk of delinquency in tomorrow's adults."

About Info-crime Montreal
Info-crime Montréal encourages citizens of Montreal to fight against crime by calling anonymously (514-393-1133) to report any criminal act. A reward up to $2,000 is given anonymously to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of a suspect. Info-crime Montréal is a program in partnership with the City of Montreal, which requires the participation of the general public, the media and the police.

About Échec au crime
Échec au crime is a civilian, non-profit, charitable organization in Quebec that brings together in a tripartite relationship, the police services of a community, the media and the community in the fight against crime. Échec au crime provides citizens a vehicle (1.800.711.1800 or echecaucrime.com) to anonymously supply information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge. Cash rewards of up to $2,000 are offered, upon request, to people who call the program and their information leads to an arrest. Échec au crime is affiliated with Crime Stoppers International.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.3 billion in assets as at March 31, 2016. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical Insurance conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

SOURCE Economical Insurance

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For further information: Doug Maybee, Economical Insurance, (T) 519.570.8249, (C) 519.404.0989, doug.maybee@economical.com; Tom McConnell, Échec au crime, (T) 514.259.8437, (C) 819.943.8127, president@echecaucrime.com; Jean Touchette, Info-Crime Montréal, (T) 514.333 5222, (C) 514.290 3047, jean.touchette@tc.tc

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