February 23, 2019
Government of Canada announces funding to help Muslim Neighbour Nexus protect against hate-motivated crimes
Canadians have the right to be free to practice their faith and culture without fear. That’s why the Government of Canada helps communities implement measures to protect against hate-motivated crimes through the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP).
Today, Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills, joined the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, for the announcement of over $93,000 in federal funding to the Muslim Neighbour Nexus under the program. Minister Blair made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
This funding will support security infrastructure measures for a new Islamic Centre the organization is building so that Mississauga’s Muslim community is free to practise their faith in peace and safety. These security measures include the installation of a closed- circuit television system, lighting outside the facility, and fencing around the perimeter of the building.
The Muslim Neighbour Nexus has been serving over 10,000 Muslims in the Mississauga region since 2012.
In 2017, the Government of Canada doubled SIP investments by committing additional funding of $5 million over five years, for a total investment of up to $10 million until 2022. Each year, $2 million will be available to support not-for-profit organizations to make needed security improvements.
Acts of hate against places of worship are a jarring reminder that the inclusive and tolerant Canada we all want is now, and ever will be, a precious and delicate work-in-progress that we dare not take for granted. The Security Infrastructure Program is an important initiative to help protect all CanadiansThe Honourable Bill BlairMinister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
There is no place in our society for attacks that target groups simply because of their faith. Our government will continue to stand against discrimination. We have a collective responsibility to stand against prejudice in all its forms, and to never allow intolerance and hate to take root in our communities. The funding announced today will help provide our Muslim community here in Mississauga with an inclusive and safe place of worship.Iqra KhalidMember of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills
- SIP is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure, which will help make Canada safer for all Canadians.
- Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. Approved projects may receive up to 50 per cent of total project costs, to a maximum of $100,000 per project.
- Interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centres can apply annually from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st through Public Safety Canada’s website