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ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia, September 13, 2012 - Today, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre is ready to receive applications for its next funding intake.

"The Harper Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe," said Minister Fast. "Youth crime and violence are serious concerns for many Canadian families and communities, which is why I am happy to announce today that we are once again investing in community-based projects that help those who are most at risk of offending. Projects that receive funding will provide at-risk youth with life skills that will empower them to make smart choices and to stay away from crime."

The priorities of this funding intake are:

The government is providing up to $10 million toward new crime prevention projects in this call for applications.  The deadline for applications is October 25, 2012.

"The Government has extended funding for the Abbotsford Youth Crime Prevention Project, a promising program that the Government supported through the previous funding intake," said Minister Fast. "This project will continue to help at-risk and homeless youth in Abbotsford steer clear of gangs and crime, as well as protect them from becoming victims."

In 2011 alone, the government funded 138 community-based crime prevention programs through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, in which nearly 16,000 at-risk youth participated.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) is administered by Public Safety Canada. The strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention. It is a part of the Government's plan to tackle crime in order to build stronger, safer communities.


Keeping our Communities Safe by Tackling Crime Through Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy

For more information about National Crime Prevention Centre funding and to find out how to apply, please visit

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Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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