Parents in the Kenora-area -- who may have younger children with difficult behaviour -- are getting help from Ottawa. Kenora MP Greg Rickford was at Firefly Friday to talk about a grant of $2.4 million dollars over five years, in support of families at risk.

"This is a considerable resource. It covers a time period, that I think, is going to give it every opportunity to work for the benefit of those children, their families and obviously to create opportunities in schools and other areas of the community," the minister said.

The program could help more than 300 children from the ages of 6 to 17 -- along with their families -- learn how to deal with stronger emotions and impulse control. 

"We know there are challenges here in this community. Obviously, Firefly serves a catchment, and this is about addressing those challenges and bringing those opportunities," Rickford added. 

The funding comes from the Ministry for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. According to the ministry, the Canadian Stop Now and Plan Program model provides a framework for effectively teaching children, and their parents, self-control and problem-solving skills. By learning these skills in an educational environment that focuses on the entire family, participants gain practical skills to help them avoid violent criminal and bullying behaviours.  better contribute to their communities.

SNAP was developed by Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health organization in Toronto, in 1985 as an intervention program for boys under 12 in conflict with the law.

Quick Facts

  • FIREFLY will deliver the project, in partnership with the the Keewatin Patricia District School Board, the Kenora Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Provincial Police, to 320 Kenora youth, aged 6 to 17, and their parents who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in violent behaviours.

  • Evidence-based models supported by the Crime Prevention Action Fund help youth make smart choices through the provision of community-based educational, cultural, sport and vocational opportunities.

For more information:

SNAP Crime Prevention in Action

Stop Now and Plan