Feds provide nearly $4 million to fight gun violence in Oakville, Milton, Burlington

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March 13, 2023 at 4:16 pm

Nearly $4 million is on its way from the federal government to community-led projects to prevent gun crime in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.

The Government of Canada launched the $250 million Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF) last March. The fund supports local initiatives that prevent gun and gang violence and help young people make good choices.

“One life taken away by gun violence is too many. Today’s announcement of nearly $4 million dollars invested in Halton Region through the Building Safer Communities Fund will support the crucial work of our community organizations,” said Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence and Oakville MP.

“By providing our youth with the tools and resources needed to succeed, we are addressing the root causes of gun and gang violence, while building a safer future for Oakville and for Canada.”

The funding will help address the underlying conditions that give rise to crime. The municipality will distribute it to community-led projects for at-risk young people, helping them set themselves up for success in life.

“Supporting young people fosters a safer community for all of us. Through the BSCF, our government is addressing issues of gun and gang violence at the grassroots level,”

said Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Burlington MP.

The BSCF is one of many elements in the government’s announced plan to keep Canadians safe.

they’ve added resources to fight smuggling and stop guns from coming into the country at the border, banned assault-style firearms like the AR-15 and will soon begin a buyback program.

“Halton is the safest place to live and raise a family in Canada, but recent events tell us that more must be done to prevent crime and protect our community from violence and theft,” said Milton MP Adam van Koeverden.

“Supporting our youth and building tools to prevent gun and gang violence before they start will ensure that Halton Region continues being a community where everyone feels safe. I am proud of these investments and I know they will make a difference.”

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