March 18, 2022 - Montreal, Quebec - Department of Justice Canada
Across the country, governments, police, lawyers, judges and community groups are working in close partnership with communities and families to prevent youth crime and to ensure a fair and effective youth justice system. The Government of Canada is proud to support the innovative work done by its partners to help youth who have been in conflict with the law.
Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the Government of Canada's support to the Chantier d'Afrique du Canada for their project: Jeunes en actions positives (JENAP). The goal of this project is to promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people.
Through this project, the Chantier d'Afrique du Canada will provide individualized interventions to visible minority youth, aged 12 to 17, who are involved in the criminal justice system and who are at risk of being recruited by a street gang. To increase the chances of success of this project, efforts will be made to involve family members, school, police, peers and other community partners to enhance community collaboration. The JENAP project will also contribute to raising awareness among youth who do not yet have citizenship to help them understand the consequences of their actions on their individual and family immigration files.
The Department of Justice is providing $637,000 over four years, from 2021 to 2024 to this project through the Youth Justice Fund.