The federal government is providing nearly $8 million to fund 15 crime prevention projects across Ontario.
Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says the $7.7 million will help catch at-risk teens before they turn to crime.
Day says the Conservative government is trying to get tough on hardened criminals.
But he says it’s equally important to nip crime in the bud through community programs.
Hamilton police Chief Brian Mullan, who also attended Day’s news conference, says the cash is welcome.