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September 3, 1998

Federal provincial program puts $2.7 million into crime prevention in Newfoundland and Labrador

Communities across Newfoundland and Labrador are being invited to help take a bite out of crime under a program supported by the federal and provincial governments. Federal financial assistance amounting to $2.7 million over a five-year period was announced today by Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Andy Scott, Solicitor General of Canada, and Newfoundland Justice Minister, Chris Decker.

Proposals for funding are now being accepted. A maximum of $50,000 is available for each project. Proposals will be reviewed by a joint management committee made up of federal, provincial, and community representatives.

The Community Mobilization Program, part of the Government of Canada's $32 million per year National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention (Phase II), is a partnership arrangement between the federal government, provinces and territories. The main objective of the Community Mobilization Program is to assist communities in developing community-based partnerships to address the root causes of crime.

"The Community Mobilization Program empowers communities. It encourages individuals and organizations to work together in developing initiatives that will help prevent crime in local communities. The program is a reflection of Canada's commitment to youth and is a key component of the renewal of our youth justice system," said Minister McLellan.

"Newfoundland and Labrador has a long and distinguished tradition of community involvement in crime prevention in collaboration and partnership with government. We see the Community Mobilization Program as an exciting opportunity to build on existing programs, including Newfoundland's Strategy against Violence, the Model for Coordination of Services to Children and Youth, and to enhance the initiatives of the Citizen's Crime Prevention Association. It is also a valuable opportunity to encourage the development of new partnerships that will advance crime prevention, make significant investments in children and youth and improve the security of all individuals," said Minister Decker.

"Developing sustainable approaches to crime prevention is everyone's responsibility. The collective efforts of all levels of government, community organizations, professional associations, service providers, families and individuals is essential to the success of this program and to the overall success of the National Strategy on Crime Prevention," said Minister Scott.

Projects eligible to receive funding under the Community Mobilization Program will address underlying factors that lead children, youth and adults in local communities towards crime.

Additional information and application forms are available from:

National Crime Prevention Centre Department of Justice
Department of Justice Canada Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
284 Wellington Street P.O. Box 8700
Ottawa, Ontario St. John's, NF
K1A 0H8 (709) 729-1360
website: (709) 729-2129
1-877-302-6272 (English)
1-877-302-2672 (French)

Media contact:

Pierre Gratton,               Diane Barnes,
Office of the Minister of Justice of Canada National Crime Prevention Centre
(613) 992-4621 Department of Justice Canada
(902) 626-7475
Cathy Dornan, 
 Director of Communications 
Department of Justice Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (709) 729-5539

 1998 09 03                          12:15 p.m.

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