Government of Canada taking steps to prevent and reduce gun and gang violence
“While Canada is generally a safe country, over the past five years gun and gang violence has been increasing. The Government of Canada is committed to combatting these trends and making our communities safer through a package of common sense measures. We are grateful for the thoughtful input from our partners at the Summit on Gun and Gang Violence, and the ideas that will come from our call for crime prevention projects. Together we are advancing joint action for prevention, intervention and enforcement initiatives.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
In 2016, police reported 141 gang-related homicides, 45 more than in 2015. Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled.
Firearm-related homicides in Canada have been steadily increasing since 2013, reaching a total of 223 in 2016, 44 more than the previous year.
In November 2017, the federal government announced approximately $327.6 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $100 million annually thereafter, to combat gun crime and gang violence. Public Safety Canada will engage with partners to discuss the outcomes of this Summit and how the federal initiative can best support enforcement measures and community-led projects.
The Summit on Gun and Gang Violence was hosted in Ottawa (Ontario) by Minister Goodale on March 7, 2018 to engage more than 180 experts from law enforcement, Indigenous, youth and community organizations, mayors from large municipalities and representatives from most provinces and territories and address the challenges, opportunity and best practices for reducing gun crime and gang violence in Canada.
The NCPS call for Applications is open from June 6, 2018 until July 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (PST)
In April 2018, Public Safety Canada launched the Crime Prevention Inventory, the first national database of evidence-based crime prevention programs in Canada, in collaboration with the provinces and territories.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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