September 1, 2020 - Ottawa, ON Public Safety Canada
Canadians have the right to practise their culture or faith without fear. That’s why the Government of Canada helps communities implement measures to protect against hate-motivated crimes through the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP).
Today, the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced the next SIP Call for Applications. Eligible recipients, including community centres, educational institutions and places of worship, are invited to apply for funding until October 31, 2020.
In 2019, the Government of Canada quadrupled the program’s funding as part of its ongoing commitment to helping cultural and religious organizations better protect themselves against hate-motivated crimes. As committed in Budget 2019, $4 million is available each year until 2021-22 and $3 million in ongoing funding thereafter.
Recently, social justice initiatives supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and the LGBTQ2S+ community have demonstrated that there is still much work to do in order to build a more equitable society.
In Canada we will continue to work together to build a more just society. One of the ways we can support our vulnerable communities is to help make sure they feel safe in their community centres, schools and places of worship.