Government of Canada provides support to implement the SNAP program nationwide

News release

April 3, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Keeping our communities and citizens safe is a priority of the Government of Canada.

Today, the Government of Canada announced $6.3 million over five years in federal funding has been made available under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) for Stop Now And Plan’s (SNAP®) VENTURE Philanthropy Approach to Create Massive Social Change in Canada for High Risk Children (and their Families), delivered by the Child Development Institute.

The SNAP Venture Philanthropy Approach project aims to implement the SNAP model in 100 new communities across Canada, by offering training, consultation, equipment/materials and evaluation support to interested organizations. This project will work to ensure that children and families receive the treatment they need, decreasing the number of high-risk children who enter the juvenile justice system in Canada. The project, which began its work in 2017, is expected to reach 14,000 high-risk children and their families.


“Our government believes that by investing in community-based projects we can help those who are the most at risk. I’m pleased that children and families in the Toronto area will benefit from this program at the sites chosen in the Greater Toronto Area. We are proud to support this project through an investment from the National Crime Prevention Strategy.”

- Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York

“We are delighted to have Public Safety Canada funding support that allows us to use an innovative approach, which offers start-up training and consultation fees. This support will enhance our ability to reach Canadian communities in need of evidence-based mental health services and support for their children; thus helping to create massive social change that will foster happier, healthier children and families and safer communities.”

- Dr. Leena Augimeri, Director SNAP Scientific & Program Development, Child Development Institute

Quick facts

  • SNAP is an evidence-based, award-winning crime prevention model program developed in Canada by the Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP participants learn to calm down and reflect before reacting and to seek out positive solutions to their problems related to antisocial and violent behaviours.

  • The Child Development Institute is an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto, offering innovative, evidence-based programs for children ages 0-12 and youth ages 13-18, and their families.

  • From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Government of Canada supported 91 community-based crime prevention projects across Canada.

  • The National Crime Prevention Strategy provides national leadership on cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put individuals at risk of offending.  

  • Close to $43 million is committed to projects in 2017-2018 to support the National Crime Prevention Strategy.

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Scott Bardsley
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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