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THORNHILL, March 18, 2011 - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced over $355,000 in federal support for security infrastructure improvements to protect 17 community organizations in Ontario from threats of violence. 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 Kent. “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 them 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.

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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