To the Immediate Attention of OPP Policed Communities
AMO held its third OPP Billing Steering Committee meeting today. Senior officials from the OPP’s Municipal Bureau, and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, provided detailed explanations of what the OPP’s proposed billing model is based on and their perspectives on different alternatives.
In particular, the Committee explored the split between provincial and municipal funding for the OPP, and the split between the base costs for municipal policing and costs tied to calls for services.
The Committee is exploring alternatives for OPP cost recovery and learned more about how municipal policing costs are allocated in other provinces, and how some other provinces deal with their billing models. Finally, the Committee started to consider how the impacts of changing model variables could be managed, including implementation such as new provincial mitigation funding, and phasing changes in over time.
The one thing we know for certain is that change is coming. Through our work, we will be considering options and approaches which will be evaluated against the Committee’s adopted principles. (These were previously shared but are attached for ease of reference.)
The Committee recognizes that the Province wants to implement a new billing model for 2015. The Committee intends to complete its work the end of March/early April 2014 and it will meet again on March 21, 2014.
In addition to improving the OPP billing model, Ontario’s municipal governments are keenly aware of the need to control growth in policing costs, and other emergency service costs. Ontario’s municipalities cannot afford to fund emergency services at the expense of the many other programs and services that make Ontario’s communities healthier, safer and more prosperous.
Together. One voice.
R.F. (Russ) Powers