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Working with Young Newcomers to Build a Safer, Stronger Community in Ottawa

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Working with Young Newcomers to Build a Safer, Stronger Community in Ottawa

Ontario Supporting 24 Crime Prevention Projects Across the Province

Ontario is supporting an innovative project that will give young newcomers to the province the support they need to make positive life choices and contribute to their community.

With funding from the Safer and Vital Communities Grant, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization will provide counselling and other supports to immigrant and refugee youth who are at a high risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.

This is among 24 crime prevention projects across the province that will help police and local community groups protect vulnerable Ontarians such as youth, seniors and those with mental health issues.

The Safer and Vital Communities Grant helps support local crime prevention initiatives and build relationships among police, community groups, mental health agencies and other organizations.

Supporting local projects that promote community well-being and prevent crime is part of the Ontario government's plan to help keep communities safe.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 2004, the Safer and Vital Communities Grant has allocated approximately $8.6 million to support local crime prevention initiatives while providing support to 343 projects across the province
  • Community-based, not-for-profit organizations as well as First Nations chiefs and band councils are eligible to apply for the grant.
  • The overall youth crime rate in Ontario is 23 per cent lower than in 2000.

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Yasir Naqvi

“I want to thank all community groups that dedicate themselves every day to building safer communities across Ontario. They represent the best of our province, and our government is proud to support them. It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when police and the community work side-by-side to create opportunities for youth, prevent crime and build safer communities.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Providing access to resources at the local level to reduce crime and enhance community well-being is critical to an effective crime prevention strategy. The Safer and Vital Communities Grant is doing just that here in Ottawa and across Ontario.”

Madeleine Meilleur

MPP for Ottawa-Vanier

Bob Chiarelli

“Keeping seniors safe and enhancing community well-being is an important mission for local communities. I’m proud to support the police and community groups as they work together to achieve this objective.”

Bob Chiarelli

MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean

“Supporting immigrant and refugee youth in overcoming the challenges they face in realizing their full potential is central to our mission. This Ontario government funding will enable us to deliver targeted services to some of our most vulnerable clients, creating positively engaged citizens and contributing to a safer, stronger community.”

— Leslie Emory

executive director, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

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