BC will receive $2 million in funding from the federal government to address extremism in the province. The federal program known as “Shift” is set to work with numerous partners such as municipal governments, law enforcement and community outreach organizations. The main objective of “Shift” is to interact with vulnerable people who may be on the path to radicalization. According to the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence, “radicalization to violence” occurs when a person or group takes on extreme ideas and begins to think they should use violence to support their beliefs.
The Canada Centre is implementing a plan to increase digital literacy to prevent radicalization. The Centre wants to work with the Global Internet Forum to identify and take down extremist content and eventually restrict it from ever being posted. Funds will be used to create programs that promote positive mentioning which counters those who are searching terms associated with radicalization with positive ads.