Federal funding for Toronto Police to expand counter radicalization to violence initiative
“Intervention and prevention programming in our communities are critical to countering radicalization to violence. This investment in FOCUS Toronto will advance the important work of the Toronto Police Service in implementing a collaborative program that draws on the support, expertise and advice of practitioners and civil society to prevent this phenomenon. The Government of Canada is proud to support locally-driven initiatives such as this.”
- Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Eglinton—Lawrence (Ontario)
“The funding provided to the Toronto Police Service through the Community Resilience Fund has allowed us to improve our countering violent extremism approach. The most beneficial aspect of this funding is that it will enhance the ability of multiple agencies to identify individuals of elevated risk of offending and allow for referral to existing multidiscipline collaborative agencies city-wide in order to prevent and counter radicalization as early as possible.”
- Chief Mark Saunders, Toronto Police Service
The collaborative approach used by FOCUS Toronto is also known as a “situation table” or “intervention table,” and is a regular meeting between law enforcement representatives and practitioners who work together to review cases of individuals at high risk of radicalization, and coordinate interventions to remove them from that path.
The Canada Centre provides funding to organizations that work to counter radicalization to violence in Canada through the Community Resilience Fund. Projects under the Community Resilience Fund will improve Canada’s ability to address radicalization at the local level by supporting intervention research and programming, information sharing, and outreach activities.
The Community Resilience Fund provided $2.4 million in funds for existing and new projects in 2017-2018 and $4.4 million in 2018-19. For 2019-20 and beyond, this fund will have $7 million available each year for existing and new projects.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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