ARCHIVED - Member of Parliament Kelly Block announces funding to protect communities targeted by hate crime in Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – March 4, 2011 – Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon – Rosetown – Biggar), on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced $4,345 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for the White Buffalo Youth Lodge in Saskatoon. This organization is receiving federal support from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program.

“This government is committed to building stronger, safer communities,” said MP Block. “The unfortunate reality is that Canada is not immune from violent acts that target individuals or groups based on their race, culture, religion or identity. The funding announced today will help improve security so our citizens can continue to remain engaged in their communities without fear of harm.”

The White Buffalo Youth Lodge is dedicated to improving the quality of life and health for children, youth, young adults, and their families in the local Saskatoon area through integrated, holistic and supportive services.

The Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program provides funding for security enhancements for not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions, and places of worship linked to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. This announcement is part of the $99,000 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for eight community organizations in western Canada announced by Minister Toews in Winnipeg today.

Eligible costs include:

The SIP Program was created in 2007 and is a $3 million, three-year pilot program administered by Public Safety Canada. The SIP Program has approved funding to 121organizations across Canada. It was then twice re-extended by the government in order to provide groups with more time to apply. Public Safety Canada is currently considering options for the continuation of the program.

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