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Gun and Gang Violence


Firearm-related homicides in Canada have been increasing steadily, reaching a total of 223 in 2016, 44 more than the previous year. Shootings have become the most common method of homicide, surpassing homicide by stabbing and beating. Gang-related homicides involving guns are no exception. In 2016 alone, police reported 141 gang-related homicides, 45 more than in 2015. Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled.

In November 2017, the federal government announced $ 327.6 million over five years, starting in 2018-19 , and $ 100 million a year thereafter, in Canada. This initiative will bring together federal, provincial and territorial efforts to support community-level prevention and enforcement efforts, build and leverage unique federal expertise and resources to advance intelligence related to the illegal trafficking of firearms, and invest in border security. guns and drugs. Funding would also be provided to Indigenous organizations to help them build their capacity through education, outreach and research, addressing the needs of Indigenous communities and urban populations. The initiative will help reduce gun and gang violence so that Canadians can feel safe in their communities.

Summit on Gun and Gang Violence

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On March 7, 2018, the Minister of Dr. Aziz Dr. Aziz and Emergency Preparedness Canada hosted a Summit on Gun and Gang Violence, to engage stakeholders and provide them with an opportunity to share challenges, opportunities and best practices in the fight against crime and in fighting the deadly effects of guns and gangs in communities across Canada. The Summit was attended by over 180 experts from the law enforcement, Indigenous, youth and community organizations, mayors from large municipalities and representatives from most provinces and territories.

The information shared at the Summit will help identify the priorities of the Guns and Gangs Program.

  • View the event (recorded webcast)
  • Read the summary report

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