Public Safety Canada – National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC)

Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) is responsible for implementing the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS). The NCPC provides national leadership on effective and cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime by intervening on the risk factors before crime happens. The NCPC's approach is to promote the implementation of effective crime prevention practices through supporting targeted interventions and sharing practical knowledge.

The NCPC works closely with partners and stakeholders in the provinces and territories to develop and implement results-driven programs that target persons who are at higher risk of offending because they present multiple known risk factors. These programs are responsive to the needs of regions and communities across Canada. The NCPC provides communities with tools, knowledge and support to undertake crime prevention initiatives in communities large and small across Canada.


National Crime Prevention Centre- Preventing and reducing substance-related crime among at-risk populations

The links between substance use and delinquency are well established, particularly the role of early substance use in later delinquency, which indicates the need for prevention and early intervention with young people. To address this issue, the NCPC has focused funding on evidence-based projects that aim to prevent and reduce substance-related crime among those most at-risk, including:

  • Children aged 7-12 years, who have already begun using substances and exhibiting anti-social behaviour.
    Individualized and integrated interventions will be developed with schools and involve families to prevent future problematic substance use and reduce involvement in related anti-social behaviour.
  • Youth aged 13-17 years, who are using substances and are at risk of delinquent behaviour.
    The NCPC will partner with schools, the RCMP and local police forces, and social services to identify and refer at-risk youth to appropriate services, and develop and implement individualized and integrated intervention aimed at reducing their propensity to offend, including their use of substances.
  • Juvenile and adult ex-offenders no longer under correctional supervision who have a substance use disorder.
    The NCPC will work with partners to develop and implement interventions to prevent recidivism and support such at-risk individuals through social reintegration measures.
  • Aboriginal people who have a substance use disorder and demonstrate problematic behaviour.
    The NCPC will engage Aboriginal communities in the development and implementation of culturally appropriate interventions that meet the particular needs of Aboriginal people (on- and off-reserve) who engage in problematic substance use and exhibit problem behaviour.

Please visit National Crime Prevention Centre for more information on allactivities.

For more information on Crime Prevention projects related to problematic substance use visit the link and use Crime Prevention – Substance Abuse as a filter for your search.

For questions regarding project funding contact the NCPC office nearest you, call 1-800-830-3118 or send an email to If you wish to, register for the NCPC mailing list to receive information from the Centre.

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