In January, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police raised concerns with the government regarding sudden changes made to policing grants for 2017-18. In response to those concerns, earlier this week the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Hon. Marie-France Lalonde wrote to Boards and Heads of Council to provide an update.
The implementation of the new grants policy will be delayed by one year. For 2017-18 only, police services will have the option of applying under the old or new model. The grant application deadline has also been extended to March 31, 2017. AMO is very appreciative of the Minister’s intervention.
The previous grants (Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, Community Policing Partnerships, and the Safer Communities 1,000 Officers Partnership) have funded the provincial cost share of over 2,000 front-line officers for the past twelve years. New granting criteria will be established for 2018-19 and will not necessarily be directed to front-line officers in the future. Questions related to this potential financial risk should be discussed locally with Boards and Chiefs. Broader concerns or grant application questions can be raised with the Ministry contact: Silvana Burke at Silvana.Burke@Ontario.ca