MONTRÉAL, August 6, 2021 / CNW / – Hate crimes are violations of fundamental rights and freedoms as well as Canadian values of respect, equality and inclusion. They hurt not only those targeted, but the community at large. This is the reason why the government of Canada helps communities implement a variety of measures to protect themselves against hate crimes through the Safety Infrastructure Projects Funding for Communities at Risk (SIPP) program.
Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Joël Lightbound, announced that following the call for projects for the PFPIS, which took place from September to November In 2020, 150 projects worth over $ 6 million were recommended to support communities at risk of hate crime. This announcement, made on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honorable Bill Blair, reports the largest investment for a given year in the history of the program.
During his speech at the Annour Community Center, which submitted a proposal for some $ 89,000 for funding through the PFPIS aimed, among other things, at the purchase and installation of surveillance cameras and access control systems In order to prevent hate crimes, Mr. Lightbound also announced that the new call for projects has been launched. Eligible recipients, including community centers, educational institutions and places of worship, are invited to apply for funding until September 22, 2021.
The mission of the PFPIS is to help communities at risk of hate crimes to better secure their infrastructure. Funding can be used for security equipment, such as doors, windows, cameras, alarm systems, fences, lighting and minor renovations to increase security, as well as to provide employees basic training on how to respond to hate crimes.
The government of Canada remains committed to helping religious and cultural organizations better protect themselves against hate crimes. Budget 2021 proposed an additional $ 2 million for the PFPIS, making a total of $ 8 million in funding for fiscal year 2021-2022. While calls for project applications are open to eligible applicants from all communities, this additional funding from Budget 2021 will be directed to tackling hate crimes against Asians.
At Canada, we will continue to work together to build a more just society. One of the ways we can support our vulnerable communities is to make sure they feel safe in their community centers, schools and places of worship.
“All the people who live in Canada deserve to be safe and have the right to practice their culture or faith without fear, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Through the PFPIS, the government of Canada supports vulnerable communities in their fight against hate crimes by providing funding to community centers, educational institutions and places of worship to improve their infrastructure. We are committed to creating safer gathering places for vulnerable communities. “
– Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- Preventing hate crimes is a priority for the Government of Canada. By taking action to tackle hate crime, the government is demonstrating its commitment to keeping all Canadians safe and to fostering greater collaboration and resilience among the diverse communities that make up the fabric. of Canadian society.
- Since its inception, the PFPIS has provided more than $ 11.2 million in funding to more than 383 projects in the Canada.
- Funding is available to private not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of hate crime. Approved projects can receive up to 50% of the total project cost, up to a maximum of $ 100,000 per project. Eligible organizations that have multiple locations can now apply for projects at each of their sites, rather than being limited to one project per year.
- Interested organizations representing places of worship, educational institutions recognized by a province or territory and community centers can apply for funding through the Public Safety website. Canada.
- At Canada, most hate crimes are motivated by race or ethnicity (45%), religion (35%), and sex and gender issues (13%).
SOURCE Public Safety and Civil Protection Canada
For further information: James Cudmore, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-407-8515, [email protected] ; Media Relations: Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]