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Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)


Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum Public Safety Canada contribution of $100,000 per project.


Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) funds private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate- motivated crime. For the purpose of the SIP, a hate-motivated crime is described as a criminal offence motivated by hate towards an identifiable group. Some groups, by virtue of their color, race, ethnic and/or national origins, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or some other attribute are at risk of being the victims of hate-motivated crime.

Eligible Applicants

Private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate- motivated crime. Helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for:

  • Places of worship 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 private educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools; 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.

Note: Crown corporations, publicly funded institutions, for profit organizations, and individuals are not eligible for funding.

Eligible Expenses

Examples of eligible costs include:

  • Security assessments (report and consultation fees) not to exceed 25% of total project cost. Please note that security assessments conducted prior signing a contribution agreement with Public Safety Canada will not be eligible for reimbursement. Applicants who have received a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessment from a police service will not be eligible for reimbursement for any subsequent security assessments;
  • Minor construction related to the project (contractor fees, labour, equipment rental, installation fees);
  • Minor renovation related to the project (renovations to the main entrance or lobby area of a building to enhance the security);
  • Security equipment and hardware costs including alarm systems, fences, gates, lighting, security film for windows, relocation of existing cameras, anti-graffiti sealant, motion detectors, signage and landscaping consistent with a CPTED assessment;
  • Closed circuit television systems (CCTV) which may include exterior cameras, digital video recorder, monitor, and installation costs associated with the system including wiring, brackets and accessories. The system accessories cannot exceed 25% of the total cost of the CCTV system;
  • Training costs for proper use of new security equipment and basic training for staff to respond to a hate-motivated incident; and
  • Project related monitoring, reporting and evaluation costs.

Deadline Date

  The deadline has been extended until October 6, 2021.
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