Canadians share their views on countering radicalization to violence

News release

September 24, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Countering radicalization to violence and keeping Canadians safe is a key priority for the Government of Canada.

Today, the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre) released an independent report that provides an overview of what the Government heard during its public consultation on countering radicalization to violence.

The What We Heard report indicates Canadians’ support in a few key areas:

  • Building relationships among key people and organizations with important roles in addressing radicalization to violence;
  • Enabling local action and strengthening the way communities can prevent radicalization to violence and address community concerns about hate, fear and conflict;
  • Understanding how violent extremists and terrorists use the Internet and reviewing promising avenues for online prevention and intervention.

The consultation also sought advice on its Community Resilience Fund, which provides financial support to organizations working to prevent radicalization to violence. Participants identified youth resilience to violent extremism online and the need for additional information and resources to build awareness as top priorities for funding.

Information from the What We Heard report will help inform the further development of a National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence.

Quotes

“Countering radicalization to violence is a complex issue and we are taking the time to listen to Canadians and to our engaged stakeholders to ensure our strategy reflects the priorities identified by diverse communities. That is the best way to be relevant and effective.”

- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • The Canada Centre provides national leadership on Canada’s efforts to prevent radicalization to violence, and works with all levels of governments, not-for-profit organizations, communities, youth, frontline practitioners, academia, law enforcement, and international organizations.

  • The public consultation held in spring 2018 is part of the Canada Centre’s ongoing outreach. During fall 2017, the Canada Centre engaged in targeted stakeholder consultations with over 275 groups.

  •  Projects under the Community Resilience Fund are designed to address radicalization at the local level by supporting intervention research and programming, information sharing, and outreach activities.  It has funded twenty-one projects worth a total of over $10 million.

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Scott Bardsley
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613-998-5681
scott.bardsley@canada.ca

Radey Barrack
Legislative Assistant
Office of the Honourable Bill Blair
Member of Parliament, Scarborough Southwest
613-996-7523
Bill.Blair.A1@parl.gc.ca

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
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