CMNCP has written a letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness – the Honourable Ralph Goodale to offer CMNCP’s support in helping to build a safer, more inclusive and prosperous Canada through crime prevention.
« Dear Minister Goodale,
The Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) wants to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and commend the Government of Canada in its steps toward evidence-based approaches to crime.
The health care system has long shown us that prevention is better and often more cost-effective than treatment. The same goes for crime. In fact, there is significant evidence that crime, victimization, and fear of crime can be substantially reduced through prevention.1 We know that crime prevention would increase the quality of life of millions of Canadian women, men, children, and Indigenous Peoples, while simultaneously increasing savings for Canadian taxpayers. Interpersonal violence alone, for example, costs $83 billion each year in Canada – the equivalent of 5% of the Canadian GDP. We have the knowledge that investing as little 0.1% of our GDP in proven, evidence-based prevention strategies can reduce the harm of interpersonal violence to victims by at least 50% by 2025. »
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