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Petah Tikva Anshe Castilla Congregation. Photo: CIJnews

Toronto synagogue receives government funding for security improvements

The Petah Tikva Anshe Castilla Congregation in Toronto was approved for a contribution of up to $18,266.00 through Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) to invest in security improvements, including a closed circuit television surveillance system and perimeter fencing.

During his visit to the congregation on April 7, 2017, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, highlighted the federal governemt‘s doubling of investments to help communities at risk protect themselves from hate-motivated crimes.

“Recent incidents are a jarring reminder that the inclusive and generous Canada we all want is now, and ever will be, a precious and delicate work-in-progress that we dare not take for granted,” said Goodale. “The Security Infrastructure Program is an important initiative to help protect all Canadians’ right to be free to practice their faith and culture without fear. There is no social licence for hate, not in Canada.”

When combined with existing funding, SIP will invest up to $10 million over the next five years. Each year, $2 million will be available to help support not-for-profit organizations make much needed security improvements. This investment builds on recent work to broaden access to the program.

According to Public Safety Canada, interested organizations representing places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers can apply annually from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st through Public Safety Canada’s website, to obtain the application kit and related information.

For more information click HERE.

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