The City of Toronto will receive approximately $6.76 million in public safety funding over a five-year period for the Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention. In addition, the Toronto Police Service will receive up to $400,000 in Public Safety funding over a two-year period to enhance the Neighbourhood Officers Program in eight priority neighbourhoods.
The funds are part of the federal government’s Youth Gang Prevention Fund, which is part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy for programs to curb gun violence.
“On behalf of all Toronto residents, I want to thank the federal government for recognizing the importance of these programs and providing the funding to support them,” said Mayor John Tory. “This is a key step forward to implement our plan to curb gun violence in the city and we look forward to continue working with our partners to support young people, families and neighbourhoods.”
“One of the goals of our Neighbourhood Officer program is to connect community members with the right resources and build relationships based on trust and co-operation,” said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. “With these funds, the Life Skills to Succeed project will ensure 360 young people in four neighbourhoods are given the chance to learn from experts and work with police officers. With this program, they can break the cycle and be given every opportunity possible to contribute to the safety of our communities rather than choosing a life of crime.”