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.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Make your voice heard - Sign up to Speak at The Toronto Police Service Board virtual town hall meeting on July 9, 2020, starting at 9:00 AM.

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GIVE A DEPUTATION

You must sign up to speak no later than 12:00pm on July 3, 2020.

This is an opportunity for members of the public to be heard. But there is no item up for consideration, and no decision will be made as a result of this meeting.

WHAT IS DEPUTING?

What Happened at City Council?

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.

What Failed

  • Defund and reallocate a minimum of 10% from the police budget next year to underfunded community services and policing alternatives.

  • Disarming and demilitarizing the police from using deadly force against civilians.

  • Directing staff to work directly with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour community-led organizations, mental health, restorative justice and legal experts to identify alternatives 911 responses to replace armed police response.

  • Asking city staff to explore and report back alternative 911 and other emergency responses. 

What Passed

  • Spending an additional $50 million over the next 10 years to equip police officers with body-worn cameras.

  • Directing the Chief of Police to immediately provide the line-by-line breakdown of the Toronto Police Service's 2020 Budget and to make the breakdown publicly available by July 2020.

  • City Council also approved my recommendation, and long-standing position of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, to establish an accountability office for Toronto Police. This would require annual reporting on police practice and policies.

  • City Council directed the City Manager to report on the implementation of a City of Toronto Mobile Crisis Assistance Intervention Service that would deploy unarmed, medically trained crisis intervention assistance personnel when responding to calls for people in crisis, based on the successful CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) model from Eugene, Oregon.

  • Ensure the newly hired Chief of Police has a proven track record of successful reform.

  • Post all relevant open data with regards to race-based data strategy to the open data portal.

 

 

Have More Questions?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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