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Federal Crime Bill Will Cost Ontario Taxpayers More Than $1 Billion

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Federal Crime Bill Will Cost Ontario Taxpayers More Than $1 Billion

McGuinty Government Calls On Ottawa To Pay For Its New Crime Legislation

The federal government's new crime bill will cost Ontario taxpayers more than $1 billion according to a detailed analysis done by the provincial government.

Ontario has determined that the federal legislation will have serious implications for Ontario's justice system. The changes could add as many as 1,500 additional inmates to provincial correctional facilities by 2016 and may require a new 1,000 bed facility to be built. As well, police services will see police officers spending much more time in court instead of patrolling Ontario neighbourhoods. Ontario will make this issue a priority and call on the federal government to offset the more than $1 billion at this week's meeting of federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers in Prince Edward Island.

Quick Facts

  • On January 19, 2012, there were approximately 8,500 inmates in provincial correctional facilities in Ontario
  • Bill C-10 passed Third Reading in the House of Commons on December 5, 2011
  • The legislation is now being reviewed by the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Standing Committee

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“Our government believes in community safety and crime prevention. However, it is unacceptable that Ontarians are expected to bear the cost of federal anti-crime initiatives. We expect Ottawa to do what's right and provide additional funding to help Ontario deal with the consequences of Bill C-10.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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