According to Statistics Canada, an average of three hate-motivated crimes – threats, vandalism, fire-bombings, and even physical violence – take place across the country each day. To deal with this unfortunate reality, Public Safety Canada implemented the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). By investing in the security infrastructure of at-risk community institutions, the SIP makes our country safer for all Canadians.
Project proposals from institutions across Canada will be considered; however, applications from areas with a higher frequency of hate-motivated crime may be given priority.
Institutions interested in applying for funding under the SIP are required to clearly demonstrate how the implementation of their proposal will contribute to reducing hate-motivated crime and increase safety in their community. A clear description of the nature and extent of previously committed hate-crime incidents in the vicinity of the institution will strengthen the application by:
- Establishing the security risk;
- Demonstrating the need for certain security measures; and
- Verifying the proposal’s impact on community safety, thereby proving the effectiveness of the SIP in responding to the security concerns of targeted communities.
Funding is available to three types of not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime:
- Places of worship and reflection, such as a temple, mosque, synagogue, gurdwara or church, where a group of people can gather to perform acts of religious praise, meditation, honour or devotion;
- Provincially/territorially recognized educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools and early childhood education centres; and
- Community centres, such as a community drop-in centre or aboriginal friendship centre, where members of a community can gather year-round for social or cultural activities.
Approved project proposals may be eligible for funding up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 per project.
Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide cash and/or in-kind contributions that amount to a minimum of 50% of the total project costs. These contributions must be from non-governmental sources and must be confirmed at the time the application is submitted.
Examples of eligible costs include:
- Security assessments/reports by a security firm and related consultation fees not to exceed 25% of total project costs.
- Minor construction costs related to the project, including fees for contractors, labour and equipment rental required to install security infrastructure;
- Security equipment and hardware costs such as alarm systems, fences, gates, lighting, security film for windows, closed-circuit television systems, exterior cameras, relocation of existing cameras, anti-graffiti sealant, motion detectors, signage and landscaping consistent with a CPTED assessment.
Examples of ineligible costs include:
- Capital costs that include land, construction or renovation of buildings, and vehicles;
- Core or ongoing operating expenses related to the project, including maintenance;
- Equipment and/or hardware which includes any of the following: benches, concrete barrier wall, doors, emergency automated telephone system, walkie talkies, fingerprint reader system, heat sensors, night vision goggles, body armour, panic button, projectors, reflector mirrors, security desk, smoke alarms, radios, intercom or public address systems, barbed or razor wire fencing, interior cameras, hidden cameras or dummy cameras, windows, window bars and tire shredders;
- Any equipment or hardware not related to deterring hate-motivated crime;
- Hiring of security guards; and
- Any expenditure incurred prior to the signing of a funding agreement.
The criteria-based assessment process ensures that all project proposals are evaluated objectively against the assessment criteria, the SIP terms and conditions, and the availability of Program funds.
Project proposals will be reviewed against the following assessment criteria:
- The extent to which the proposal is in keeping with, and directly supports and/or advances the objectives of the SIP;
- The extent to which the project proposal demonstrates an impact on reducing hate-motivated crime;
- An account, within the past four years, of hate-motivated incidents against the community at the project site OR within a 5 km radius of the project site;
- The capacity of the applicant to develop, implement, manage, monitor, document and evaluate activities within the specified timeframe and budget;
- The capacity of the applicant to maintain any equipment or infrastructure proposed under the project;
- The level of community support; and
- The overall viability of the project proposal, including whether proposed expenses are reasonable, and the period of time required to administer the project. Although a statement of support from local law enforcement is not mandatory, it may assist in the assessment of this criterion.
Following the assessment and approval of proposals, applicants will be notified in writing of Public Safety Canada’s decision. Please note that project recommendation and approval are subject to the availability of funds. In addition, proposals may be approved in their entirety OR in part.
To request an application kit and/or additional information, contact Public Safety Canada at email@example.com.
Requests for assistance may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Program Officers are available to provide advice on the eligibility of applicants, activities and costs, and to answer general questions.
Program Officers will not review completed applications prior to submission.
Completed applications must be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
Once your organization is prepared to submit an application for a future project, we suggest that CIJA review each package to ensure it will meet the defined criteria, and survive the administrative process. As well, CIJA will be happy to provide a support letter which is required, and will serve to provide additional substantiation and support of your application for consideration with Public Safety Canada.
For more information please visit Public Safety Canada.