Feds give City of Hamilton $4 million to combat gun and gang violence

Published August 19, 2022 at 10:00 am

Feds give City of Hamilton $4 million to combat gun and gang violence
The same day the Canadian freeze on gun imports goes into effect, Hamilton received $4 million from the federal government to address gun and gang violence.

On the same day the Canadian freeze on gun imports goes into effect, the City of Hamilton received $4 million from the federal government to address gun and gang violence in the city.

Announced Friday, the feds call the funds “a comprehensive plan that gets guns off our streets and puts more resources into our communities.”

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger says the funds will be put into social programs that address the underlying causes of gun and gang violence.

“I sincerely thank our federal partners for these critical investments and their commitment to tackling gun and gang violence with a multi-pronged approach which includes addressing root causes and prevention,” said Mayor Eisenberger.

“With this support, we can continue to make progress in our work to build a more vibrant and safer community and provide all young people with the tools they need to succeed and thrive.”

The feds launched the $250 million Building Safer Communities Fund in March, designed to support local initiatives to prevent gun violence and “help young people make good choices.”

“Our government knows Canadians want safe neighbourhoods and communities to raise their families and live their lives,” said Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi. “Today’s announcement is a welcomed $4 million investment from the Building Safer Communities Fund to help get guns off Hamilton’s streets, provide more opportunities for at-risk youth in our society and address underlying social conditions that give rise to crime.”

Canada instituted a ban on handgun importations, which compliments the national “freeze” on handgun ownership announced in Bill C-21.

As of Friday, individuals and businesses are no longer able to import handguns.

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