City Launches Enhanced Security Initiative Program

City Launches Enhanced Security Initiative Program

On May 30, 2020, the City of Port Alberni is opening applications for the new and improved Enhanced Security Initiative Program (ESIP.)

This matching grant program provides successful applicants with a 50 per cent reimbursement up to a maximum of $1000.00 for security enhancements on commercial buildings or private dwellings within city limits. Examples of security enhancements include video surveillance equipment, security systems, enhanced exterior building/parking lot/lane-way lighting, and deadbolts or door locks.

Brought to you by the City’s bylaw and community safety team, the program is part of a broader crime prevention strategy that aims to help deter, prevent and capture crime in the community. Initially launched in spring 2019 for commercial properties, this revised program now includes security enhancements for private dwellings. “Following the 2019 launch, we received feedback that the program should look beyond commercial businesses to include residential properties. Knowing that we are all vulnerable to crime, the City considered this and expanded the program to include renters and owners of private dwellings,” said Gaylene Thorogood, Manager of Community Safety.

The application process is open until July 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Individuals can submit their application using the online submission tool, by sending the completed electronic form via email to or by mailing it to the City’s manager of community safety. Each application will be assessed by the City’s Review Committee, whose primary purpose is to determine the eligibility of the enhancement(s).

The Committee will make its final decisions by July 31, 2020. All successful ESIP applicants will be contacted directly and will have until October 30, 2020, to complete all work and claim the 50 per cent reimbursement.

For more information on the program and to apply, visit


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Gaylene Thorogood

Manager of Community Safety