TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $98,800 in federal funding to the Beth Joseph Anshai New York Synagogue in Toronto under the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP).
This funding will support the implementation of measures that will contribute to preventing hate crimes by enhancing the security infrastructure of this synagogue through the installation of hardware such as concrete planters, window security films, iron fence, interior cameras and outdoor lighting.
Budget 2017 committed additional funding of $5 million over five years in support of SIP. The program helps communities enhance security infrastructure against hate-motivated crimes.
When combined with existing funding, SIP will invest up to $10 million over the next five years. Each year, $2 million will be available to help support not-for-profit organizations make needed security improvements.
"Recent incidents are a jarring reminder that the inclusive and generous Canada we all want is now, and ever will be, a precious and delicate work-in-progress that we dare not take for granted. The Security Infrastructure Program is an important initiative to help protect all Canadians' right to be free to practice their faith and culture without fear. There is no social license for hate, not in Canada."
— The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"I welcome this funding to improve security for the Beth Joseph Anshai New York Synagogue as it will bring greater peace of mind which will benefit the entire community. We should all feel safe where we live, work and pray. "
— Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament for York Centre
"We are grateful for Public Safety's investment in our community. The Security Infrastructure Program funding will improve the security standards of our facility to better ensure the safety of our community."
— Rabbi Yehuda Zarchi, Spiritual leader of Beth Joseph Lubavitch Chabad Community Centre
- The Security Infrastructure Program is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure, which will help make Canada safer for all Canadians.
- Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 per project.
- In December 2016, important improvements were made to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities. This includes considering a wider range of security measures as eligible for funding (for example, improvements both inside and outside facilities) and reaching out to ensure diverse community organizations are aware of the available funding. Additionally, changes to the application process ensure that funding decisions are provided to applicants within four months of the close of each call for proposal.
- Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers can apply annually from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st through Public Safety Canada's website, to obtain the application kit and related information.
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Scott Bardsley, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-998-5681; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]