Intervention Programs in Canada
Below is a list of organizations that offer interventions to counter radicalization to violence. While each program is slightly different, their interventions are very similar. Most interventions are led by health or social service professionals who address the needs and vulnerabilities of the individual. Depending on the complexity of case, some interventions can involve professionals from various disciplines, such as health, employment, housing, policing, law, mental health, education, and child welfare services.
More details about each program can be found by following the links to their websites. All organizations listed here receive support from the Canada Centre.
However, the Canada Centre does not provide advice, manage, or obtain information about individual cases.
The ReDirect program focuses on early intervention and prevention with youth before the process of radicalization occurs, or with youth who are in the early stages of radicalization to violence. The program is led by the Calgary Police Service in partnership with the City of Calgary Community & Neighborhood Services, as well as other local health and social service agencies.
The Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV) is an evidence-driven NGO engaged in the prevention of hate-motivated violence in Western Canada. OPV is in the initial stages of creating an intervention program. Their current activities focus on community research, workshops, and the design of educational materials.
The John Howard Society of Ottawa is a non-profit organization with the goal of addressing crime and its consequences through prevention and intervention services as well as advocacy, research, public education, coalition building and cross-sector partnerships. Through its Project ReSet, the John Howard Society of Ottawa offers a multi-disciplinary service in Eastern Ontario to support individuals and families impacted by hate-motivated violence. Project ReSet can provide interventions aimed at disengagement and reintegration for cases of radicalization to violence.
Ottawa MERIT (Multiagency Early Risk Intervention Tables) is an initiative led by the Ottawa Police Service that aims to reduce crime, victimization and improve community safety and well-being. MERIT follows a “situation table” model, which enables local agencies with different mandates, such as health, employment, housing, legal, mental health, education, and child welfare services, to mobilize and respond when individuals have complex health and social problems, including cases of radicalization to violence.
FOCUS Toronto (Furthering Our Communities by Uniting Services) is a collaboration between the Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto, and the United Way, who are partnering with local community organizations to reduce crime and improve community resilience. FOCUS operates four situation tables across the Greater Toronto Area, where each “table” enables local agencies with different mandates, such as health, employment, housing, legal aid, mental health, education, and child welfare services, to mobilize and respond when individuals have complex health and social problems, including cases of radicalization to violence.
Montreal and across Quebec
Social Polarizations is a team of mental-health professionals who specialize in interventions to counter radicalization to violence, based in a local Integrated Health and Social Services Centre, known by its French acronym CISSS. Because the Social Polarizations team works within Quebec’s CISSS system, it can leverage the various health and social services throughout the network of CISSS across the province, enabling them to provide interventions in most locations across Québec.
The Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV; often called the Montreal Centre) can provide information, support, and counselling over the phone to anyone who has concerns about violent extremism. They also provide in-person case management and social reintegration for individuals who have radicalized to violence.
Phone: Montréal 514-687-7141 (or anywhere else across Québec 1-877-687-7141)
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