Policies: Provincial and Territorial Governments

The provinces and territories have jurisdiction over the administration of justice and penal matters, and they are responsible for delivering health, social, and educational programs.

Only one province

To date, only one province has created an inter-ministerial strategy for effective crime prevention.

In 2001, Quebec's Ministère de la sécurité publique launched a Crime Prevention Policy for inter-departmental coordination, collaboration with the private sector, research and training, public outreach, and a number of pilot projects at the municipal level.

In other provinces, however, some departments have developed policies for crime prevention through social development.

In Saskatchewan, for example, the Human Services Integration Forum brings together the departments of health, social services, employment, justice, corrections, public safety and community resources, to focus on crime prevention as one of its primary goals. A Regional Intersectoral Committee is responsible for co-ordinating the Forum's efforts at the local level.

The Caledon Institute has published a Compendium of Promising Crime Prevention Practices in Canada. It contains an overview of provincial and territorial crime prevention efforts and descriptions of programs in each province.

To find out more about what your provincial or territorial government is doing to reduce crime, visit the following websites: