Government of Canada provides support to youth and families in Prince Albert

News release

September 11, 2018
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Public Safety Canada

Youth are Canada’s most valuable resource. However, there are many who are vulnerable, and that is why the Government of Canada makes it a priority to support preventative programming for at-risk youth.

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, today announced nearly $1.9 million in funding under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) for the crime prevention project Strengthening Families Program delivered by the Prince Albert Catholic Family Services.

The Strengthening Families Program provides parents and youth with tools and skills that will help strengthen family relationships and empower at-risk youth to make positive and healthy decisions.

The project is comprised of three core components:

  •  child/youth classes that focus on developing communication, problem solving, and coping skills;
  • parent/caregivers classes that teach effective skills for supporting at-risk youth; and
  • family classes that allow children and parents to practice what they have learned through exercises.

The project, which began its work in 2018, is expected to reach up to 150 at-risk youth and their families in Prince Albert over five years.

This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Quotes

“Building a safer society begins in our homes and in our streets. Strong, community-led programs that make use of evidence-based models have proven effective in crime reduction. Our Government’s support for crime prevention projects like the Strengthening Families Program means that at risk youth in Prince Albert will be given the tools needed to help lead to a better future for them and their families. Today’s announcement is a significant investment in the youth and future of this community.”

- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

“Prince Albert is a diverse city whose strength lies in the hearts of its citizens and the agencies that serves them.  Here at PACFS we are very pleased to launch the Strengthening Families Program.   This endeavour is in line with our agency’s purpose of creating stronger and more resilient families.  After all healthier families create a safer and more connected community.  Through proactive measures like this we will continue to reduce barriers, create greater access to resources and facilitate healing and reconciliation.”

- Louise Zurowski, Executive Director, Prince Albert Catholic Family Services

Quick facts

  • From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, the Government of Canada supported 77 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.

  • Up to $44.5 million has been committed in 2018-2019 to support NCPS in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.

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Contacts

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

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
ps.mediarelations-relationsaveclesmedias.sp@canada.ca


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