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Government taking action on gun crime in Calgary with up to $7.7 million for prevention programs

July 12, 2023  By Government of Canada

July 12, 2023, Calgary, Alta. – The Government of Canada is taking action with a comprehensive plan that gets guns off Calgary streets and puts more resources into communities, which is why the Government launched the $250 million Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF). First announced in March 2022, the BSCF supports local initiatives that prevent gun and gang violence and help young people make good choices.

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, recently announced that the City of Calgary will receive up to $7.7 million from the BSCF to prevent gun crime and gang violence. This funding will help address the underlying conditions that give rise to crime. The municipality will distribute it to community-led projects for young people involved in gangs or at risk of joining them – helping them set themselves up for success in life.

No single program or initiative can tackle the challenge of gun crime on its own. The BSCF is one of many elements in the Government’s plan to keep Canadians safe.

This begins with strong borders, where they’ve invested nearly a half billion dollars over the past two years and deepened cooperation with the United States to fight gun smuggling. It includes strong legislative and regulatory action. Finally, it includes strong prevention strategies, like today’s announcement, to stop gun violence before it starts.


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