Government of Canada moving forward with 150 projects to protect against hate-motivated crimes
July 21, 2021 - Markham, Ontario
Hate-motivated crimes are attacks on fundamental rights and freedoms and on Canadian values of respect, equality and inclusion. They have an impact not just on the individual targeted, but on the community at large. That’s why the Government of Canada helps communities implement measures to protect against hate-motivated crimes through the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP).
Today, the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that as a result of the SIP Call for Applications of September to November 2020, 150 projects representing over $6 million to support communities at risk of hate-motivated crime have been recommended for development. This is the largest investment for a given year in the history of the program.
Speaking at the Chabad Lubavitch of Markham, which is seeking just over $40,000 from the last Call to upgrade their fencing to better secure the area around their place of worship, Minister Blair also announced that the next Call for Applications will be launched on July 28, 2021. Eligible recipients, including community centres, educational institutions and places of worship, are invited to apply for funding until September 22, 2021.
The SIP is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure. This funding can be used for security equipment such as doors, windows, cameras, alarm systems, fencing, lighting, minor renovations to enhance security, and basic training for staff to respond to a hate-motivated crime.
The Government of Canada remains committed to helping religious and cultural organizations better protect themselves from hate-motivated crimes. Budget 2021 proposed an additional $2 million to the SIP, for a total of $8 million in funding for fiscal year 2021-22. While the Call for Applications is open to eligible applicants from all communities, this additional funding from Budget 2021 will focus on addressing anti-Asian hate-motivated crime.
In Canada we will continue to work together to build a more just society. One of the ways we can support our vulnerable communities is to help make sure they feel safe in their community centres, schools and places of worship.
“All people living in Canada have the right to practise their culture or faith without fear, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The Government of Canada is committed to keeping gathering spaces safe and secure and responding to the needs of communities most at risk for hate crimes. The SIP supports community centres, educational institutions, and places of worship vulnerable to hate-motivated crime by enhancing their security infrastructure to create safer, more secure, gathering spaces for members of their communities.”
— The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“All Canadians deserve to be safe and live without fear of harassment or discrimination because of who they are. Over the pandemic we have seen a disturbing increase in racism and acts of hate—including anti-Asian racism, and our government is taking action. Racial intolerance has been a reality for many Asian Canadian communities for too long. Acts of hate and racism are attacks on fundamental rights and freedoms, and on Canadian values of respect, equality and inclusion. Our government is stepping up to support vulnerable communities by investing to ensure they feel safe in their community centres, schools and places of worship.”
— The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Preventing hate-motivated crime is a priority for the Government of Canada. By taking measures to address hate-motivated crimes, the Government is demonstrating its commitment to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians, and working towards fostering more collaboration and resilience within the diverse communities that make up the fabric of the Canadian society.
Since its creation, SIP has provided more than $11.2 million in funding to over 383 projects across Canada.
Funding is available to private, not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. Approved projects may receive up to 50 per cent of total project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 per project. Eligible organizations that have multiple locations may now apply for projects at each of their sites, rather than being limited to one project per year.
Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized educational institutions, and community centres can apply through Public Safety Canada’s website.
In Canada, most hate crimes are motivated by race/ethnicity (45%); religion (35%); and sex and gender-based issues (13%).
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