Government of Canada funds tailored approach to countering violent extremism in Eastern Ontario

From: Public Safety Canada

February 11, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario

The Government of Canada is constantly working to keep Canadian families and communities safe from violent extremism. Preventing radicalization to violence helps stop tragedies before they occur. To assist these efforts, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Karen McCrimmon, today announced funding to the John Howard Society of Ottawa to disengage at-risk individuals in the eastern Ontario region from extremist-based violence.

The John Howard Society of Ottawa will receive $1.75 million over the next five years to pilot the Project ReSet program, which will work with individuals at high risk of committing acts of extremist violence. A referral system made up of justice and community partners will admit individuals to the ReSet program. Clinicians, social workers, and other specialists will work with the individuals to develop individualized intervention plans to address the risks associated with extremist violence.

This contribution to Project ReSet was made under the Community Resilience Fund, which is a key tool for supporting partnerships and innovation in countering radicalization to violence in Canada.

“The most important job of a government is to keep its citizens safe. Project Reset will help prevent radicalization to violence to help stop tragedies before they occur.”

– Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The funding provided to the John Howard Society of Ottawa through the Community Resilience Fund will support a comprehensive local strategy to address hate motivated violence, which continues to be a complex societal problem demanding a collaborative response. This funding will support Project ReSet’s tailored intervention approach by addressing hate motivated violence in all its forms and contributing to safer communities. Project ReSet will enhance individual, family, and community resilience while reducing the risk for violent behaviour.”

– Christine Macintosh, Associate Executive Director, the John Howard Society of Ottawa

Quick facts

  • The John Howard Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing a range of community services to prevent crime, reduce poverty, and build self-sufficiency.

  • The Community Resilience Fund, led by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence, provides financial assistance to organizations with activities focused on countering radicalization to violence.

  • Supporting comprehensive approaches to intervene with cases of radicalization to violence is a priority for the Government of Canada under the recently released National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence.

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