Province announces additional assistance to protect places of worship

“I am pleased that the Government of Alberta is taking this step to better protect cultural communities from hate crimes. These grants add additional security to our important cultural buildings and organizations. Responding to the demands of our ethnocultural groups and allowing for this flexibility is an essential step in ensuring a diverse and inclusive Alberta,” added Muhammad Yaseen, Associate Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

“Vandalism in our cathedral has been a concern for many years and has reached a new level due to world events. We want to be a pillar of our community that is safe and welcoming to all, but instances of aggression and hate can prevent that. Our parish is grateful for the support we have received to make helpful safety improvements, and we encourage other organizations facing hate and prejudice to look into the grant program,” said Reverend Peter Babej, of St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.

The regular grant and cost recovery components of the Alberta Security Infrastructure Program can cover:

  • up to $10,000 for professional security risk assessments conducted by certified experts
  • up to $35,000 for implementing a professional security risk management plan, which includes up to $25,000 for mitigation and countermeasures and up to $10,000 for training safe

The Cost Recovery Grants stream also includes possible reimbursement of up to $10,000 for immediate and short-term security response needs related to a reported high-risk hate or bias incident. to the police.

According to government officials, these changes increase the number of organizations that can be supported by the grant program.

Since its launch in 2021, the Alberta Security Infrastructure Program and its associated Emergency Grant Program have provided more than $1.2 million to more than 100 organizations.

For more information on program eligibility and how to apply, please visit Alberta Security Infrastructure Program website.

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