KELOWNA – $30,500 in funding for two different programs will help make Kelowna safer for families. The programs are:

  • $25,000 for the Métis Exploitation and Gang Awareness Program run by the Métis Community Services Society of BC
  • $5,500 for the Gangbuster Campaign, run by the Kelowna RCMP


“Keeping gangs from recruiting members into their ranks will help keep these vulnerable people that are all too often targeted, on the right track.” -Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart

“Programs like these are steps towards keeping violence and crime off the streets in Kelowna. This funding will help combat gang problems and help us work towards a safer community.” -Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“Our ultimate goal is reducing crime in the Kelowna area, and showing young people better options than joining a gang is one component.” -Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

Additional Information:

  • These one-time grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are being provided to 29 organizations that include community and youth groups, Aboriginal organizations, First Nations bands and police departments.
  • The announcement of support for these projects coincides with Crime Prevention Week in British Columbia, Nov. 1-7 – a time to highlight provincial and community efforts to reduce crime.
  • The provincial government continues to play a key leadership role in crime prevention, providing more than $375,000 in direct funding for crime prevention programs. An additional $768,000 is being provided this year to support gang prevention, sexual exploitation prevention and Aboriginal crime prevention initiatives through partnerships with the federal government.
  • In B.C., proceeds from successful civil forfeiture actions fund the forfeiture program itself, with surplus amounts going to support crime prevention and remediation activities.
  • During the five-year history of British Columbia’s civil forfeiture program, the Province has provided more than $2.1 million from civil forfeiture proceeds to dozens of community projects aimed at curbing crime and helping victims throughout B.C.
  • In 2011, $100,000 was provided for six projects focused on the prevention of domestic violence and services for victims of domestic violence.