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Canadian government to provide $110 million in transit security funding


Last week, the Canadian government announced plans to spend $110 million during the next three years to improve passenger-rail and public transit system security.

Funds will be distributed based on security risk and passenger volume at commuter-rail and public transit agencies in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Transport Canada and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada also will receive funds to develop best security practices, assess new technologies, conduct emergency response exercises and create a task force focused on intelligence, policing and response.

“Over the last few months, we have met with provincial colleagues and major transit and rail operators across the country to discuss security issues,” said Transport Minister Jean Lapierre in a prepared statement. “As a result, we are now taking concrete action to address the priority security needs of our passenger rail, mass transit and domestic ferry systems.”

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