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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.

2019 Crime Prevention Investment Plan projects

Organization ​Project name and description
Aboriginal Friendship Centre​
Crime Prevention and Community Reintegration Program:
Provides healing for individuals who experience social and cultural challenges resulting from intergenerational trauma​
Aspen Family and Community Network Society
​Expanding Element:
Reduces youth's risk of criminal involvement by increasing their natural support networks and pre-employment skill development
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Mentoring At-Risk MASST Youth Through Transitions:
Provides support for children exiting MASST by connecting them with an adult mentor
Calgary Alpha House Society​
DOAP Team & Calgary Transit Partnership:
Connects with vulnerable individuals accessing Calgary Transit, or on Calgary Transit property, and provides them social supports
Calgary John Howard Society
Immigrant Youth Crime Prevention Project:
Supporting immigrant youth in preventing their involvement in crime.
Calgary Legal Guidance Society​
​Sahwoo Mohkaak Tsi Ma Taas:
Provides social and cultural support to Indigenous Peoples that is inclusive, culturally informed and designed to encourage personal understanding, healing, and accountability
Calgary Youth Justice Society
​In the Lead - Diversion:
Strength-based leadership program that targets justice-involved youth
Centre for Newcomers
Real Me Project for High Risk Immigrant Youth: 
Preventing and reducing gang involvement of immigrant youth
Centre for Sexuality  WiseGuyz in a Criminal Justice Settings:
Engages justice-involved boys in a program on sexual health, gender, and positive relationships
Closer to Home Community Services Society​
Reduces recidivism through working with Indigenous women and youth and their families who are affected by the criminal justice system
Elizabeth Fry Society​
​Sohksipaitapiisin - Indigenous Justice Program:
Increases resiliency and reduces criminal recidivism amongst Indigenous women and youth
Pathways Community Services Association​
The Oskayapewis Project:
Preventing criminal involvement and reinvolvement amongst Indigenous youth
Two Wheel View​​
​Bike Mechanic Training Program for Youth:
Targets youth at risk of criminal behaviour in gaining increased employability and problem-solving skills​​