The Government of Canada invests in crime prevention in Colwood
Colwood, British Columbia – Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced a federal investment of more than $949,000 to prevent gun crime and gang violence in Colwood, British Columbia.
This investment will help address the root causes of crime by supporting community-led projects for young people involved in gangs or at risk of joining them – helping them set themselves up for success in life.
Investing in crime prevention is part of the Government of Canada’s plan to keep Canadians safe.
We are also securing our borders and fighting gun smuggling. To that end, we have invested nearly a half billion dollars and further strengthened our cooperation with the United States.
In addition, over 1,500 models of assault-style firearms have been banned and a freeze on the sale, purchase and transfer of handguns has been implemented.
The Government of Canada will continue to put in place robust measures to keep Canadians safe.
“Our government is committed to keeping Canadians safe. Investments in grassroots efforts are key to giving at-risk youth opportunities to chart a hopeful path in life. By bringing everyone around the table, we can create safer neighbourhoods and give every Canadian a chance at succeeding, in Colwood and across the country.”
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, President of the King’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs
“Healthy and engaged youth are the foundation of healthy communities,” said Colwood Mayor Doug Kobayashi. “Thanks to funding from Public Safety Canada, Colwood is working with local service providers to amplify and expand upon the work they do to support the health and success of youth. New youth engagement programs are aimed at connecting youth with people, services, activities, and skills to set them on a successful path, supporting their safety and the safety of the community as a whole.”
- Doug Kobayashi, Mayor of Colwood
The Government of Canada’s investment comes from the Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF). Public Safety Canada is finalizing agreements with municipalities and communities that have been identified through evidence-based criteria and meet the program requirements.
The BSCF builds on the success of the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence – a five-year, $356.1 million investment announced in 2018. This includes the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund, which brings together federal, provincial and territorial supports to tackle the increase in gun-related violence and gang activity in Canada, with over $214 million in funding provided to provinces and territories over five years.
In 2023, the Government of Canada announced an extension and expansion of the program, with $390 million over five years through the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund to provinces and territories for a variety of initiatives, including support for law enforcement and prevention programs.
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Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs
Public Safety Canada
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