Toronto, we are in a movement for change
to defund the police, rebalance and reinvest
in community-led policing alternatives.

Calls to address systemic racism are being heard globally. My office has received over 30,000 phone calls and emails. We have a responsibility to listen and act against injustices. One way we can act is through our political channels.

A motion aimed at defunding the Police by a minimum of 10% was rejected by  Toronto City Council on Monday, June 29, 2020.

UPDATES

At its meeting in June 2020, City Council adopted 36 decisions related to policing reform. These decisions included areas of public safety, crisis response, and police accountability. Read about the 36 recommendations here.

In August 2020, the Toronto Police Services released a report with over 80 recommendations for police service reforms, compiling feedback and directions from City Council, the Town Halls and the Police Service Boards’ Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP), and the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP) among others. At its meeting on August 18, 2020, the Toronto Police Services Board approved 81 decisions on policing reform, including the reforms requested by City Council. Many of you gave deputations at the Toronto Police Service Board virtual town hall meeting. 

Since then, the City launched the first phase of consultations as directed by City Council. Regarding community engagement, to date, the City has:

  • Completed two public surveys on an alternative community safety response model, with over 5,200 responses to the first community engagement survey with extensive and thoughtful input on a community-based crisis response model. Find the results of the first and second surveys here. With this data, the City will host a series of public consultations to guide future decisions in the design of these alternative models.
  • Created a report to provide a summary of what the City heard through community engagement and outreach activities.
  • Hosted 35 community roundtables, organized in partnership with 17 community organizations and 33 subject matter experts, including individuals working in policing reform advocacy, mental health and addictions services, homeless advocacy, Indigenous and Black serving organizations, and organizations serving LGBTQ2S+ and other equity deserving communities.
  • Held three meetings with the Accountability Table in 2020, composed of 49 community organizations and advocacy groups to monitor and support the development and implementation of the community-led response model.
  • Read more about the City's engagement work here.

At the February 2021 City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the implementation of four community crisis support service pilots that will test a new, non-police led approach to non-emergency, non-violent calls, including those involving persons in crisis and wellness checks.

Want to stay up-to-date on the City's progress? Follow along on the progress of the 36 recommendations passed by City Council in June 2020 on the public online dashboard.

Ontario Human Rights Commission 10-Step Proposal to End Systemic Racism in Policing

In July 2021, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its Framework for change to address systemic racism in policing, calling on Ontario to establish a legislative and regulatory framework to directly address systemic racial discrimination in policing across the province.

The steps outlined in the Framework are based on what the OHRC has heard in over 30 years of engagement with Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities about their experiences with policing. This focus on lived experience has been combined with consultation with experts and extensive research on policing, systemic discrimination and racial profiling.

The OHRC has also consulted with and received support from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) in its efforts to work collaboratively to make systemic changes within policing. The OACP includes Chiefs of Police and senior police leaders from 53 different police services across the province.

The Framework outlines 10 essential steps for eliminating discriminatory practices from policing across the province of Ontario:

  1. Implementing a Crown pre-charge screening process
  2. Implementing specific mechanisms towards ending racial profiling, such as mandating a broader range of race-based data collection and implementing early intervention systems
  3. Amending the Ontario Use of Force Model
  4. Accelerating efforts to civilianize police services
  5. Promoting non-police responses to calls related to mental health, substance use or homelessness
  6. Reviewing School Resource Officer programs
  7. Creating greater transparency in police discipline
  8. Making sure court or tribunal findings of discrimination against police officers are appropriately investigated and addressed
  9. Requiring independent investigations of police complaints
  10. Amending the Special Investigations Unit Act to allow greater disclosure to the public during an SIU investigation.

Read more about each of the 10 recommendations here.

What Happened at the June 2020 City Council Meeting?

To ensure that our motion would be considered, Councillor Matlow pulled our motion and we re-submitted our recommendations as amendments to the Mayor's motion.

Have More Questions?

Where can I find the City of Toronto’s 2019 budget?

You can find the City of Toronto’s 2019 budget summary here

Where can I find the City of Toronto’s 2020 budget?

You can find the City of Toronto’s 2020 budget breakdown here. 

How much of my tax dollars are allocated to the police service & board?

According to the 2018 City of Toronto budget, page 16.

How is the Toronto police service funded?

This graph breakdown of the TPS funding sources is taken from page 463 of the City of Toronto 2019 budget summaryAccording to the breakdown, approximately 88% of the Police Service operating budget comes from property taxes.

What is the police budget spent on?

This graph breakdown is taken from slide 25 of this Toronto Police Service operating budget presentation in December 2019. According to the breakdown, approximately 89% of the TPS budget is related to salaries, salary settlements, benefits, and premium pay.

How can I give a deputation at Toronto City Hall?

Click here for a six-step guide! 

How can I submit comments to a committee of Toronto City Council?

Click here.

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