Police officers recruitment fund
In 2006, the federal government committed to funding an additional 2,500 police officers in communities across Canada. The funding for that commitment was announced in the federal budget on February 26, 2008, which allocated $400 million over five years for the Police Officers Recruitment Fund for all of Canada. Ontario's share is $156 million.
This amount is roughly 70 per cent less than what is required to fund the promised officer positions.
Ontario continues to lobby the federal government to fulfill its original pledge and to make the funding permanent instead of the current five-year commitment. In the meantime, the province will use the limited funds to increase the number of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and help municipal and First Nations police services to employ more officers.
The McGuinty government is already committed to funding of more than $68 million annually, to help municipalities employ more than 2,000 police officers.
“First Nations communities need extra resources to meet their community safety needs. Ontario has taken a step in the right direction with this initiative. We look forward to more support from the federal government to help meet the needs of our communities.”
“These new officers for municipal services in Ontario are vitally needed to ensure safe and healthy communities throughout the province. Every municipal police service will benefit from this initiative. Each one of these new officers will positively impact their community and we are pleased that the Ontario Government worked with Ontario's police leaders to ensure all Ontario communities benefit from this program.”
“More police officers working in Ontario communities helps us to be even more effective in our work, and I thank the McGuinty government for its efforts and support. The PAO continues to strongly urge the federal government to move forward with their 2006 electoral platform commitment to put at least 2,500 more police officers on Canadian streets and that sufficient funds should be budgeted for this purpose.”
“The OPP delivers a vast array of both provincial and municipal policing services across Ontario and as a result faces unique challenges. We are pleased that the federal government has recognized the need for additional police resources and that the province has committed 125 of these officers to the OPP. The additional officers are funded for five years by the federal government and will certainly bolster the delivery of front-line policing services, however increased permanent funding is needed to meet current and future needs of the OPP.”
“OPP officers provide critical support for community safety all across Ontario. We had expected more resources, but we welcome this increase in the complement of OPP officers. The federal government should, nevertheless, do more to make good on its promise to fund additional police officers for Ontario.”