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WINNIPEG, November 14, 2012 – Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, accompanied by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface, announced the renewal of a partnership between the Government of Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Through an agreement among Public Safety, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and Habitat for Humanity Canada, eligible federal offenders, such as those on parole, can work as supervised volunteers to help build homes for low-income working families and volunteer in Habitat ReStores across Canada. 

“Our Government is pleased to continue its partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada,” said Minister Toews. “Together, we are providing safe and affordable home ownership to low-income working families, while giving federal offenders the skills and experience they need to one day become productive members of society.” 

“Habitat for Humanity Canada is proud to be partners with a Government that is creating positive change for low-income families who buy Habitat's affordable homes and for CSC offenders who want to give back to society,” said Stewart Hardacre, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “This partnership truly reflects Habitat's core belief that a ‘hand up, not a hand out' gives people self-worth and an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”   

The Government of Canada is also providing $125,000 to a Ready to Move project at Rockwood Institution as part of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.  Offenders are helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home at the institution, which will be moved to its final destination once completed.  This project will give offenders important work and construction experience for approximately six to 10 months.

“We are pleased to support Habitat for Humanity in its efforts in Winnipeg to find local solutions to local problems,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “By investing in a project that provides offenders with hands-on work experience and training, we are doing our part to support offender rehabilitation.”

These partnerships are part of CORCAN, a key rehabilitation program of the Correctional Service of Canada that contributes to safe communities by providing employment training and work skills to offenders in federal penitentiaries and the community.

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Julie Carmichael
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