Summary of the Evaluation of the National Crime Prevention Strategy

About the Program

Created in 1998, the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) is Public Safety Canada’s (PS) policy framework for the implementation of crime prevention interventions in Canada. It provides funding to selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime and to increasing knowledge about what is effective in the prevention of crime.

From 2008 to 2019, the NCPS has provided funding to 650 projects in communities across Canada, representing multi-year investments of approximately $500 million. The Strategy is implemented through four funding programs, three of which are included in this evaluation: the Youth Gang Prevention Fund (YGPF); the Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF); and the Northern and Indigenous Crime Prevention Fund (NICPF). Due to its unique nature, the Security Infrastructure Program will be evaluated separately in the 2025-26 fiscal year.

What We Examined

The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the relevance, effectiveness (achievement of outcomes) and efficiency of three of the funding programs under the NCPS: the YGPF, the CPAF and the NICPF. The evaluation covered the period from fiscal year 2018-19 to 2021-22 and was conducted in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on Results and the Directive on Results.

Engagement Findings


The Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Crime Prevention Branch, and the Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch should:

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