FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2019
Press Release: CIJA Welcomes Federal Funding for Community Security Training
OTTAWA, ON — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) commended today’s announcement by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale that the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) will be expanded to fund new security measures.
In addition to new physical infrastructure upgrades, community security training will be eligible for SIP grants. As of June 1, at-risk community institutions may apply for up to $10,000 in SIP funding for basic training for staff and others in responding to hate-motivated incidents.
In response, CIJA President and CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel issued the following:
“We commend the Government of Canada for expanding this valuable program, including by enabling funds to be used for incident response training. Today’s announcement modernizes SIP to better reflect current security realities. It also sends a clear message to vulnerable communities that the government stands with us in protecting the families and individuals who enjoy our communal institutions.
“Emergency response training saved lives during the recent antisemitic attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego County. Effective training fosters an environment of healthy vigilance, in which security is seen as a collective responsibility for which every community member can play a role.
“We look forward to engaging further with the government as it implements this initiative, supporting the goal of ensuring all training meets the highest professional standards.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada
- The Public Safety Minister’s announcement may be found here.
- CIJA has long advocated for modifications to the Government of Canada’s Security Infrastructure Program. In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting (October 27, 2018), CIJA escalated its efforts to urge the government to fund community security training.