February 20, 2018 – Surrey, BC

Today, John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale – Langley City, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $5 million over five years in federal funding from the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) to expand the YMCA’s Plusone Mentoring program.

The Plusone mentoring is a community-based program that aims at engaging early with youth at risk of committing crimes. It uses trained volunteers to individually mentor youth about the life challenges they are facing. The YMCAs of Québec are implementing the program in four cities across the country (Moncton, NB; Montreal, QC; Regina, SK; and Surrey, BC) and are hoping to help 720 participants between 10- and 17-years-old, with one volunteer mentor for each young person.

The program is proven to help deter at risk youth from coming into contact with the justice system. A review found that after six months, 86 percent of young people in the program had significantly improved their behaviour and changed their attitude.

“Our government is committed to implementing evidence-based criminal justice policies that are proven to prevent crime and victimization, and keep our communities and citizens safe. We are proud to partner with the YMCA to implement programming that stops crime before it starts by reaching out and empowering at-risk individuals to make positive and healthy decisions by giving them access to support and opportunities.”

- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The YMCA’s Plusone mentoring program is just the kind of smart, innovative and evidence-based approach to crime prevention that Canadians expect. I know it will be yet another success story for the YMCA, and for our community.”

- John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale-Langley City

"The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is thrilled to partner with the YMCAs of Quebec to provide another positive outlet to vulnerable youth in our community. Today's teenagers face challenges that impact their overall health, confidence and ability to thrive. The YMCA Plusone Mentoring program will allow our Y to connect young people with mentors to share positive experiences, feel more connected to their community and gain a stronger sense of purpose. We are grateful for the Government of Canada&'s funding for this important preventative work."

- Steve Butz, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver

"I am very pleased to share with the Federal Government the YMCA's vast front-line experience with at-risk-youth. When kids come to the Y, it has a huge impact on their success in school, home life and health. It's about prevention. It's about keeping kids who are at-risk off the streets and encouraging healthy habits through the guidance and personalized support of a mentor. The YMCA Plusone Mentoring program is an  established and proven early intervention model, and this program demonstrates that the YMCA is a partner of choice engaged in helping young people  achieve success and attain their full potential."

- Stéphane Vaillancourt, President and CEO of The YMCAs of Québec

Quick Facts:

  • The YMCAs of Québec are implementing the Plusone program in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the YMCA of Regina, the YMCA of Greater Moncton, and the YMCA Scotland (program founder).
  • From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Government of Canada supported 91 community-
    based crime prevention projects across Canada.
  • Close to $43 million is committed to projects in 2017-2018 to support the National Crime
    Prevention Strategy. Through these investments, the government is supporting the
    development of cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations
    and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put
    individuals at risk of offending.

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Scott Bardsley
Press Secretary
Office of John Aldag, Member of Parliament
613-998-5681
scott.bardsley@canada.ca

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Public Safety Canada
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