April 26, 2019
Public Safety Canada
Gun and gang violence across this country puts our communities at risk. Canadians must feel secure and it is the responsibility of any government to ensure our neighbourhoods remain safe. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to combat gun and gang violence in communities across Canada by investing heavily in the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.
Today, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, and Minister of International Trade Diversification, the Honourable Jim Carr, joined Manitoba’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Cliff Cullen, to announce more than $2.3 million in federal funding over two years to support Manitoba’s gun and gang suppression strategy.
Manitoba will continue its successful work on the strategy, which is based on five pillars – intelligence collection and sharing; education and awareness; disruption and enforcement; community supervision, monitoring and gang-exit strategies; and performance measurement. The funding will support these pillars and the ongoing coordination of existing resources and programming. In addition, the investment encourages education and training, and infrastructure that support evidence-based and intelligence-led policing.
“Gun and gang violence has no place in our communities. It puts our youth at risk and brings fear into our neighbourhoods. The Government of Canada is partnering with Manitoba to support the province’s gang suppression strategy, and ensure all Manitobans can live and thrive in peaceful communities, free from gun and gang violence.”
– The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
“Focusing resources on the needs of the community is an effective strategy to combat gun and gang violence. Our partnership with Manitoba will help support community leaders and programs that can have the greatest impact at the local level.”
– The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
“Our government is committed to protecting Manitoba families by cracking down on gun and gang crime in our communities. We’re happy to have the federal government’s support for our gang suppression strategy, which will help keep Manitobans safe in their homes and neighbourhoods.”
– The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
The Government of Canada invested $327.6 million over five years to help support a variety of initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities under the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.
From the $327.6 million, $214 million will be made available to the provinces and territories through the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund over a period of five years. Through this fund, over the full five years, Manitoba will receive a total of $13 million.
The Government of Canada also invested an additional $8 million over the next four years in the Youth Gang Prevention Fund beginning in 2019, under the National Crime Prevention Strategy, as part of its commitment to community funding under the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.