Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)

The Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)

The SIP 2021 Call for Applications is now closed and is no longer accepting applications. The deadline to submit an application was on October 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).


To make the SIP more responsive to the needs of communities, the list of eligible expenditures under SIP has been expanded to include up to $10,000 for basic training for staff to respond to a hate-motivated incident.

The existing list of physical infrastructure upgrades will also include security enhancements for doors, windows, intercoms and public address systems, as well as minor renovations to enhance security up to $35,000.

Please refer to the Program’s Terms and Conditions and Application Guide for more information.

Eligibility Criteria

Funding is available to private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate- motivated crime. It helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for:

Crown corporations, publicly funded institutions, for profit organizations, and individuals are not eligible for funding.

For the purpose of the SIP, a hate-motivated crime is described as a criminal offence motivated by hate towards an identifiable group. Some groups, by virtue of their color, race, ethnic and/or national origins, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or some other attribute are at risk of being the victims of hate-motivated crime.

For a complete list of eligibility criteria, please consult the Application Guide and the Program’s Terms and Conditions.

Funding Criteria

Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum Public Safety Canada contribution of $100,000 per project.

Proposals may be approved in their entirety or in part.


Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide at least 50% of the total project costs. These contributions must be from non-governmental sources and must be available at the time the application is submitted.

Funding or reimbursements cannot be provided to applicants for any activities that have been started or completed prior to signing a contribution agreement with Public Safety Canada.

Funding recipients are required to pay for the total of the project up front and will be reimbursed once the project is completed based on invoices and proof of payment.

For a complete list of funding criteria, please consult the Application Guide and the Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply


Please consult the Application Guide, SIP Application Resources and the Frequently Asked Questions prior to starting the online application process.

Templates and forms have been updated to reflect changes made to the program’s Terms and Conditions. Please make sure to complete and submit the most up-to-date versions below.

Interested organizations are encouraged to submit their application online.

A complete application package consists of:

Letters of support

Two (2) letters from the community supporting the proposed project

Quotes for Security Equipment, minor renovation and security assessment

Two (2) detailed and comparable quotes, each completed by and originating from two different security companies, using the mandatory standardized Quote Template 

Quotes for training on how to respond to an event

One (1) quote from a certified security professional on official company/consultant’s letterhead. The quote must include:

  • the number of hours of training required;
  • the number of participants to attend the training;
  • the cost per hour or per participant;
  • the total cost.


A completed and detailed budget for the proposed project using the mandatory budget template. Only items listed in the budget will be considered for funding. The items listed in the budget template must match exactly the items listed in the standardized Quote Template.

Sketches or floor plans

Sketches or floor plans marking the exact location of where all the proposed interior and/or exterior security equipment will be installed at your project site. Only the security equipment that has been clearly marked on sketches or floorplans will be considered for funding.
Photographs with clear markings of where the proposed security equipment will be installed can also be submitted as supplemental documentation in addition to the required sketches or floorplans.

Documentation confirming that the institution is recognized at the Provincial or Territorial level.

Only for project proposals involving private educational institutions

In addition, the following supplemental supporting documentation is to be included with your application:

For all applicants

Police reports, statistics, media reports and/or photographs regarding the risk of hate-motivated crime against your community.

For applicants whose project site has been the victim of a direct incidents of hate-motivated crime.

Police reports, media reports and/or photographs regarding the direct incidents of hate-motivated crime against your project site.

Useful Resources

Please familiarize yourself with the following associated documents.

Communication of Results

Public Safety Canada aims to deliver decisions four (4) months following the close of a Call for Applications. Higher volumes of applications may extend this timeframe.

The decision will be provided electronically to the email address declared as the primary contact on the submitted application form. Please ensure to check your junk or spam inbox regularly.

A Program Officer may contact you requiring further information prior to receiving any formal decisions.


Please contact us at for assistance or to obtain an alternate format of the online application form. Program Officers are available to provide advice on the eligibility of applicants, activities and costs and to answer general questions.

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