Government provides up to $1.779 million to North Vancouver to combat gun and gang violence
January 19, 2023
North Vancouver, British Columbia
People in North Vancouver and across Canada deserve to feel safe in their communities.
That’s why the Government of Canada is taking action with a comprehensive plan that gets guns off our streets and puts more resources into our communities. An important element of this work is stopping violence before it starts, which is why the Government launched the $250 million Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF). First announced in March 2022, the BSCF supports local initiatives that prevent gun and gang violence and help young people make good choices.
Today, Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, announced that the District of North Vancouver will receive up to $1.779 million from the BSCF to prevent gun crime and gang violence in the District. This funding will help address the underlying conditions that give rise to crime. It will support community-led projects to prevent violence among young people who are involved in gangs, or at risk of joining them – helping them set themselves up for success in life.
No single program or initiative can tackle the challenge of gun crime on its own. That is why the BSCF is one of many elements in the Government’s plan to keep Canadians safe.
Our work begins at Canada’s borders, where we’ve added resources to fight smuggling and stop guns from coming into the country. The Government banned assault-style firearms like the AR-15 two years ago and will soon begin a buyback program to get these guns out of our communities. Last October, a national freeze on handguns was implemented through amendments to regulations under the Firearms Act. Finally, we recently introduced Bill C-21 – Canada’s most significant action on gun violence in a generation. This landmark legislation proposes significant provisions to combat organized crime and address the alarming role of guns in domestic violence.
“My number one priority as Minister of Public Safety is keeping Canadians safe. Investments in grassroots efforts in the District of North Vancouver are essential to addressing the social conditions that lead youth and young adults to get involved in a life of crime. Put simply, we must stop gun and gang violence before it starts.”
- The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety
“Our government understands that building a safer future means giving younger generations the tools and resources to make healthy decisions. Together with our local municipal partners, we will continue to make positive long-term outcomes in the District of North Vancouver and across Canada.”
- Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour
“We appreciate this funding for our community and will use it to strengthen public safety and support youth crime prevention initiatives. Given the interconnected nature of our North Shore municipalities, policing agencies, school districts, and non-profits, our focus will be producing a North Shore wide public safety and youth crime prevention plan to support North Shore youth.”
- Mike Little, Mayor of the District of North Vancouver
Public Safety Canada is finalizing agreements with municipalities and communities that have been identified through evidence-based criteria and meet the program requirements.
The amount of BSCF support for a community is based on two major elements: crime severity (homicide by firearm, incidents of firearms offences, organized crime/street gang-involved crime) and population density.
The BSCF builds on the success of the Initiative To Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence. This includes the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund - a five year $358.8 million investment announced in 2018 - that brings together federal, provincial and territorial supports to tackle the increase in gun-related violence and gang activity in Canada.
- A comprehensive strategy to address gun violence and strengthen gun laws in Canada: Bill C-21, An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms)
- Gun and Gang Violence
- Homicide in Canada, 2021
- New investments to help end gun and gang violence in Canada
- Youth Gang Prevention Fund
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