Following Toronto City Council’s adoption of the report highlighting proposed gun violence prevention actions on July 23, today the City submitted an application for funding from the federal government’s National Crime Prevention Strategy. This funding is available to support projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.
The City has applied for $32.6 million in funding over five years, to be used to create new or expand existing community crime and violence prevention and intervention programs.
If the application is approved, funding will go to the various initiatives that can be found in the Revised Appendix B – Proposed Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Investments document that was presented to Council last week. These proposed initiatives fall into both the direct intervention and strengthening community readiness projects categories as outlined by Public Safety Canada. The list is available on the City’s website at http://ow.ly/vZq230ld0UV.
“In the wake of the gun violence we have seen so far this year, we have worked with City staff, Toronto Police and other community organizations to make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent gun violence and to address the root causes of this violence,” said Mayor John Tory. “We are sending a clear message with these requests to the federal government that we want to do all we can – with their help – to make sure our communities are addressing the roots of violence.”
The Mayor has already met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and had discussions with Ministers Ralph Goodale and Bill Blair about this funding.
“I will be relentless in advocating for this investment in our communities,” said Tory. “I am confident this plan, with its emphasis on community investments, will help our children, will help our communities, will help our police, and will help keep our city safe.”
The programs considered for expansion include:
• Youth Violence Prevention Plan
• Community Crisis Response Program
• Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) programs
• Community Healing Project
• Toronto Youth Partnership and Employment Program (TYPE)
• Employment Connections – Youth Reach and Youth Works
New programs considered for funding include:
• Community/City/Police/gang violence intervention/interruption service model
• Youth violence intervention case management model
• Employment and mental health community resources
• Children’s mental health and trauma recovery resources
• Youth transitions program
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