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Program offers at-risk children and youth life skills to make smart choices

REGINA – March 15, 2011 - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, announced over $6.3 million in support for ten crime prevention projects that will help provide at-risk youth in Saskatchewan with the life skills they need to make smart choices and avoid criminal activities.

"Our government is once again demonstrating its commitment to preventing crime and building safer streets," said Minister Toews. "Today's announcement is welcome news for families and communities in Saskatchewan. The support we are announcing today shows that we are serious about reducing crime and providing at-risk youth with the tools they need to make smart choices."

The Government of Canada has increased investments for crime prevention by 46% from $19.89 million in 2008/09 to $29.1 million in 2009/10, and has already committed almost $40 million in the current fiscal year for approved projects across the country.

"We are pleased to see more support for crime prevention in the province," Saskatchewan Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Minister D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert said. "Projects like these that help encourage at-risk youth to choose a positive path in life will benefit our communities."

The NCPS is administered by the National Crime Prevention Centre within Public Safety Canada. The strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about effective crime prevention measures. The NCPS's priorities are:

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