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VANCOUVER – March 4, 2011 – The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Member of Parliament Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo), on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced over $13,000 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for two community organizations in British Columbia: the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture in Vancouver and the Interior Indian Friendship Society in Kamloops. These organizations are receiving federal support from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) Program.

“This government is committed to building stronger, safer communities,” said Minister Day. “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 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.

“We are once again demonstrating our commitment to making certain that all Canadians feel safe and secure in their communities,” said Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops. “The resources our government is delivering today will have a direct impact on lives in Kamloops by improving security against acts of intolerance and property damage.”

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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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