Helping at risk communities protect themselves from hate-motivated crimes

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Pam Damoff

Pam Damoff

Pam Damoff, a politician, community activist and business professional with over 25 years’ corporate experience on Bay Street, was elected to represent the riding of Oakville North-Burlington in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election. Prior to the election, Pam served as an Oakville Town Councillor from 2010-2015.

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To help reduce hate-motivated crimes in Canadian, targeted communities were invited to apply for funding designed to enhance and improve security at their sites. The Security Infrastructure Program will fund added internal and/or external security infrastructure enhancements to eligible not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime, such as places of worship, community centres and provincially or territorially recognized schools.

Program funds help cover the costs of minor security enhancements such as lighting, fencing, cameras, motion detectors, signage, security window film and alarm systems, as well as minor construction and labour costs associated with installing the additional security.

I’m pleased to see the government committed to supporting communities at risk of being victimized. Hate-motivated crimes will not be tolerated in Canada. Our government strongly believes that community members should be able to practice their faith, culture and activities peacefully. Freedom, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our way of life and we are committed to protecting it.

While the Security Infrastructure Program has been in place for a number of years, this week’s announcement represents a renewed commitment to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities at risk for hate-motivated crimes.

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“Over the past few weeks, Canadian communities have been exposed to hateful vandalism and mischief targeting religious institutions,” said the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “Together we stand in solidarity with those affected and condemn these cowardly acts. I encourage eligible organizations to submit their proposal for consideration.”

Interested organizations must complete an application for funding under the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program at www.publicsafety.ca . Detailed information on the criteria for funding and examples of eligible costs are included in the application kit. All not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk can apply, not just those that have been victimized. Proposals will be accepted from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 and from June 1st to July 31st each year. Applicants will be informed of funding decisions within four months of the close of each call for submissions.

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