New investments to help end gun and gang violence in Canada

The federal government has committed $86 million over the next five years to combat gun and gang violence across the country.

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale and Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair, made the announcement today.

The money will be split between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the RCMP.

The CBSA wll use $51.5 million to help prevent guns from coming into Canada illegally, including investing in an all-weather detector dog training facility and the deployment of new dog teams at key highway crossings.

The funds will also cover the expansion of x-ray technology at postal centres and air cargo facilities and training on the detection of concealed good in vehicles crossing the border.

$34.5 million will go towards enhancing the RCMP's new Integrated Criminal Firearms Initiative, which includes building capacity for investigations, training, inspections, technology and intelligence.

In addition, Ottawa is making $200 million available to provinces to address their specific needs.