An Historical Overview of Crime Prevention Initiatives in Canada: A Federal Perspective

Michel Vallée


The author provides an historical overview of crime prevention activities in Canada that have led to the federal government’s current direction in crime prevention policy. Drawing on more than 30 years experience as a federal public servant with the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Justice Canada, the author traces more than 100 years of Canadian federal crime prevention efforts, with an emphasis on both internal and external government documents and historic material from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This brief history of crime prevention efforts in Canada shows a clear trajectory from the mid-1980s onward, towards support for more comprehensive and integrated community-based crime prevention activities. The interventions are increasingly aimed at community safety, health, and well-being while involving the police, other service providers, as well as community members in the process.


crime prevention; government; social development; Canada; overview

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