City issues Building Safer Communities funding opportunities

December 19, 2023

The City of Fort St. John has issued several funding opportunities aimed at fostering a safer and more vibrant community. The funding, provided through the Government of Canada's Building Safer Communities Fund, will support programs that focus on crime and violence prevention, particularly among youth.

The City is looking for interested organizations to deliver the following programs:

  1. Recreation, Arts & Culture Access Grant: The Recreation, Arts, and Culture Access Grant will facilitate access for youth at risk to recreation programs with the intention that funded activities support pro-social activities and peer interactions.
  2. Connect Parent Program: Deliver the 10-week Connect Parent Program twice annually with a focus on Indigenous families with adolescents to improve the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of their children and youth aged 12 to 18, with a particular emphasis on nurturing attachment security.
  3. Strengthening Families Program: Enhance and expand the Strengthening Families Program to support a wider range of families in developing parenting and youth life skills, with a particular focus on preventing substance misuse.
  4. Mental Health First Aid: Create a program to train adults who interact with youth in identifying signs of mental health and substance use issues, initiating meaningful conversations, and linking young individuals to essential supports and resources.

Mayor Lilia Hansen stated, "These initiatives are instrumental in creating a foundation for community well-being. We invite local organizations to actively participate in this opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of our residents."

Interested organizations can view detailed information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and funding guidelines at


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