Helping Communities Tackle Crime and Gang Violence
McGuinty Government Building Stronger Neighbourhoods through Youth Action Plan
Ontario is supporting 32 community initiatives across the province that will help at-risk young people develop job skills and rehabilitate those already in trouble with the law.
The Safer and Vital Communities grants help community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations chiefs and band councils deliver a variety of crime prevention programs. These programs are aimed at vulnerable young people and focus on the risk factors associated with crime and victimization. Helping communities tackle crime and gang violence is part of the McGuinty government's provincewide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.
- This year, Ontario is investing approximately $1 million in 32 youth-focused community projects through its Safer and Vital Communities grant program.
- Established in 2004, the Safer and Vital Community Grant program has invested more than $6 million to support local crime prevention initiatives.
- The overall youth crime rate in Ontario is 23 per cent lower than in 2000. The youth violent crime rate is also down by 17 per cent over the same period, better than the national rate, which dropped 10 per cent.
- Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Youth Action Plan – efficiencies and savings were found to fully offset the cost of expanded and new programs.
- Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives.
“We’re taking action to help vulnerable young people avoid a life of crime and protect our communities. It is on the ground, at the community level, that we can make the biggest difference, and that’s why we’re pleased to support community groups that work to meet these objectives.”