Winnipeg gets federal anti-crime funding

CBC News Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:44 PM CT 

The federal government is providing nearly $1 million to anti-crime projects in Winnipeg, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews announced Wednesday.

Among the projects receiving funding is Turning the Tides — a program designed to prevent at-risk youth in Winnipeg from joining youth gangs.

“Through programs like these, at-risk youth are learning life skills that help them make smart choices, and avoid gangs and a life of crime,” Toews said after touring the site.

“We are delivering on our promise to support families and communities by helping youth stay away from crime and gangs, and out of the justice system.”

Toews said Ottawa would provide $928,000 through the $7.5 million Youth Gang Prevention Fund for five projects in Winnipeg, which he said “further demonstrates the government’s commitment to preventing crime and making Canadian streets safe.”

The projects, all in Winnipeg, receiving funding for a year are:

  • Just TV pilot program, Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, $157,487.60.
  • Project O.A.S.I.S., new directions for children, youth, adults and families, $168,225.58.
  • West Central Youth Outreach Project, Spence Neighbourhood Association, $190,006.12.
  • Circle of Courage, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc., $182,670.28.
  • Turning the Tides, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc., $229,961.89.

The Government of Manitoba is also providing funding for the Just TV pilot program, Project O.A.S.I.S., Circle of Courage and Turning the Tides.

“Preventing crime and making our neighbourhoods safer takes a co-ordinated approach between governments, police and community agencies,” provincial Justice Minister Andrew Swan said.

“These programs complement our efforts to deal strongly with those who break the law by providing youth with structured programming, connections to caring and trained staff and guidance and support to help them choose to avoid a life of crime.”

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