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Crime Prevention Investment Plan

The Crime Prevention Investment Plan (CPIP) supports social development projects that seek to influence the root social and economic causes of crime. CPIP focuses on mitigating risk factors and bolstering protective factors. The long-term goal of CPIP is to reduce criminal offending or re-offending and enhance the well-being of individuals.


New CPIP funding strategy

The City of Calgary has launched a new CPIP funding strategy to inform investments from 2019 to 2022. This new strategy is designed to ensure  CPIP funds are invested in evidence-based projects supporting crime prevention through social development. Priority will be given to projects  focusing on individuals and families  utilizing an early identification, or prevention of reoffending approach to crime prevention:

CPIP funding will support time-bound projects for four (4) years. Eligible projects must align with one of following three areas:

  • Early identification - Projects targeted towards people most at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.  These  projects seek to mitigate risk factors and increase protective factors to interrupt pathways to crime.
  • Prevention of reoffending - Projects  targeted towards individuals who have already committed a crime, seeking to decrease the likelihood of escalation or re-occurrence. This level of crime prevention can also include diversion projects that redirect persons in conflict with the law to more appropriate community-based services.
  • Indigenous projects - Projects that align with one of the other focus areas and specifically work with individuals and incorporate the concepts of Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin. Siim ohsksin: Wahkotiwin which is based on Indigenous cultural approaches to discipline, responsibility, respect, accountability and is made actionable by a strong oral process.

A CPIP Research Brief and Guiding Document has been developed to guide CPIP investments. Organizations should use this document to determine if their projects align with CPIP funding priorities. This document provides information on definitions of crime prevention, direction on using evidence-based approaches to crime prevention and current statistics on crime in Calgary.

Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin

While current crime prevention activities for Indigenous people focus primarily on the prevention of “criminal” activities, the rates of involvement with the justice system continue to increase. The diversity of Indigenous people in Canada invalidates a blanket-approach solution being effective. Considering the differences in culture and language, the common goal then becomes to establish or re-establish a relationship and connection to other people, community, traditional practices and values.

Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin are the closest approximations for the Western idea of “crime prevention,” and underscores a complex ideology with multiple meanings:

  • To be responsible for yourself;
  • The wise ones warning us;
  • Watch your actions; and
  • Telling us not to do it.

This approach is positioned on the cultural principles of discipline, responsibility, respect, accountability and is made actionable by a strong oral process.

In response and through a culturally driven process that draws on the guidance of Elders, community members and stakeholders, the Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin guiding document includes:

  • An Indigenous funding framework and strategy to inform planning and funding of crime prevention programs among Indigenous people in Calgary.
  • An evaluation design and process with tangible criteria and evaluation indicators.

Measurements from the evaluation will guide the context, content, criteria and implementation of future calls for CPIP applications that focus on crime prevention and Calgary’s Indigenous population

Who can apply for funding?

CPIP funding is open to not-for-profit voluntary organizations registered under the Companies Act, RSA 2000, cC-21, the Societies Act, RSA 2000, cS-14 or the Business Corporations Act, RSA 2000, cB-9.

To be considered eligible for funding, the applicant must:

  • Have a solid track record for effective service delivery;
  • Have strong operational capacity, including sound governance, stable financial outlook and the use of evidence-based practices; and
  • Have a strategic or business plan related to the proposed project.

What projects are eligible for funding?

The following criteria will be used to evaluate alignment of project proposals to one or more of the CPIP funding parameters: 

  • Demonstration that the project will address one or more community safety need/s or gap/s for individuals living in Calgary;
  • Demonstration that the project will effect positive changes to the risk and protective factors for individuals living in Calgary;
  • Demonstration that the project can divert individuals from further involvement in the justice system;
  • Demonstration that the project uses evidence-based practices;
  • Demonstration of project alignment to, and use of at least one CPIP research brief in project design;
  • Demonstration that a sound evaluation plan is in place to measure the project’s impact; and
  • Demonstration of alignment in theory and practice to Siiim ohksin: Wahkotiwin for projects targeted to Indigenous people.

What are the reporting requirements?

All organizations that receive CPIP funding must submit year-end reports annually. Reports must include audited financial statements, list of partners, outcome/accountability measures, significant lessons learned, recommendations and future action steps to be taken to further address the crime prevention issue identified.

Initially, CPIP contracts are awarded for one year. Funding after the first year depends on the project and organization’s performance and ability to meet contractual obligations. Based on assessment, funding may be provided for up to three additional years.

2018 Crime Prevention Investment Plan projects

Organization ​Project name and description
Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association Calgary Community Action Plan on Human Trafficking:
Developing an action plan to reduce and prevent human trafficking.
Antyx Bob Bahan Community Mural:
Place-making project to engage youth of Greater Forest Lawn about community inclusion and safety
Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Calgary and Area Mentoring MASST Youth Through Transitions:
Youth transitioning from MASST thrive through a rich network of developmental mentoring relationships
Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary 828-HOPE:
Ensuring vulnerable youth are connected to the right programs and natural supports.
Calgary Alpha House Society Downtown Outreach Addictions Program (DOAP) Team:
Coordinated access to medical, shelter, housing and addiction programs.
Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth Calgary Housing Summer Programming for Youth:
Provide social intervention programs/services, and offer free summer programming as a way to keep youth in Calgary Housing engaged
Calgary Counselling Centre ​Increasing awareness of Honour Based Violence:
Engaging the ethno-cultural community to improve those service providers' capacity to address honour based violence
Calgary John Howard Society, The ​Immigrant Youth Advocacy & Mentorship:
Supporting immigrant youth in preventing their involvement in crime.
Calgary Sexual Health Centre Society WiseGuyz in a Criminal Justice Setting:
Deliver the WiseGuyz healthy relationships program and measure the effectiveness of the current curriculum in a community based, justice focused setting
Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary Real Me Project for High Risk Immigrant Youth:
Preventing and reducing gang involvement of immigrant youth.
Community Mediation Calgary Society ​Neighbourhood Mediation Services:
Neighbourhood-based conflict management and dispute resolution services.
HIV Community Link Society Shift Prostitution Outreach Program:
Reducing the vulnerability of sex workers.
Pathways Community Services Association Iksokapi:
Preventing criminal involvement amongst Indigenous youth.
Two Wheel View Bike Mechanic Training Program for Youth:
Creation of bike mechanic skills development and mentoring program for youth