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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Violent crimes create unimaginable trauma, suffering, and pain;
  • Canadians are victims in 2.2 million incidents of violent crime a year;
  • Youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and other marginalized groups are more likely to be victims of violent crime;
  • Indigenous Peoples report being victims of violence at twice the rate of non-Indigenous people, and are six times more likely to be murdered;
  • Municipalities are best positioned to mobilize services to tackle the causes of violence, but large budgets for policing crowd out early prevention;
  • Canada must act to significantly reduce violent crime, consistent with its commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Mandate letters of Canada’s ministers require evidence-based decision making to deliver results; and
  • Public health strategies that tackle causes of violent crime, such as poverty reduction, education, and health, are proven the most effective and least costly way to stop violence.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Make Canada safer for all by using evidence-based interventions to significantly reduce violent crime;
2. Engage with vulnerable groups to develop violence prevention strategies;
3. Establish a permanent office for violence prevention, reporting to the Prime Minister, to spearhead action across all relevant ministries, in partnership with the provinces, territories, municipalities, and Indigenous Peoples, and to ensure significant measurable reductions in victimizations; and
4. Redirect the equivalent of 10% of current federal expenditures on policing, courts, and incarceration towards adequate and sustained funding for effective local prevention programs.

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