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Canadian government earmarks $18.8 million to boost transit security


The Canadian government recently set aside $18.8 million to help transit operators develop security-related training programs, risk assessments and plans, and install and upgrade surveillance systems.

Under the Transit-Secure program, the government earmarked up to $18.1 million for rail and urban transit operators, and up to $676,500 for “smaller operators” to help them develop risk assessments and comprehensive security plans, according to a Transport Canada statement.

“This transportation sector continues to present unique security challenges because of high traffic volumes and extensive, open networks,” said Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon. “We depend on partners to help us face these challenges by playing key roles in emergency management, preparedness and response to create an effective, efficient and secure transportation system.”

Eight operators in Quebec will receive up to $5.4 million; four operators in Ontario, up to $11.2 million; one operator in Saskatchewan, up to $35,576; and one operator in Alberta, up to $2.1 million.

Launched in July 2006, the $75 million Transit-Secure program provides direct assistance to passenger rail and urban transit operators to further enhance their security measures and be better equipped to address potential terrorism threats. Under Transit-Secure, funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with up to 75 percent coming from the federal government and 25 percent from the recipient.

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