NDP MLAs Malcolmson and Routley say funding will support crime prevention projects in Nanaimo and North Cowichan

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NANAIMO –New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Doug Routley say that people in Nanaimo and the North Cowichan Valley region will benefit from projects that will advance public safety, help prevent violence, and promote healing.

“We all want young people in Nanaimo to feel supported so they can have their best start, and break free of harmful cycles,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “We’re funding programs for groups like Boys and Girls Club and our Nanaimo School District to help our young people gain skills, knowledge, and confidence.”

In Nanaimo and North Cowichan, five projects are receiving a total of $147,652 to implement crime prevention and remediation projects in their community. Local projects include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island, Youth Early Prevention Program – $40,000
  • Community Circles Restorative Justice Society, Building Partnerships to Strengthen the Community – $27,410
  • The Municipality of North Cowichan, Crofton Youth Room – $9,767
  • Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools, Wellington Secondary Healing Carving Program – $40,000
  • Vancouver Island Region Justice Association, Capacity for Change Program – $30,475

“We are fortunate to have organizations like these working on the front lines in our community,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “Taking monies collected through crime, and directing it to organizations that are actively working to build healthier, safer communities we all want, just makes sense.”

The New Democrat government is providing $8.2 million in one-time grants through the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program to support 189 community projects across the province. These projects are being led by local governments, community-based not-for-profits, school districts, health authorities, academic institutions, police departments and Indigenous organizations.

The Civil Forfeiture Office was established in 2006 with the purpose of removing the tools and proceeds of unlawful activity and redirecting them back into programs that support community safety and crime prevention initiatives.

Learn More:

Provincial News Release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/30892