Regulation - LGIC

Matters Respecting the Appointment and Functions of Special Constables and the Authorization of Special Constable Employers under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
Summary of Proposal:
In March 2019, the government passed the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA), as part of the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019. Once in force, the CSPA will replace the current Police Services Act (PSA). The CSPA is an opportunity to modernize policing and enhance community safety in Ontario.

As part of the work to bring the Act into force, the Ministry of the Solicitor General (SOLGEN) is working on regulations on a number of matters.

At this time, SOLGEN is requesting public and stakeholder input on a proposed regulation related to special constables.

Under the CSPA, a police service board or the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police will be able to appoint a person as a special constable if they meet certain criteria (e.g. mandatory training). Special constables can be employed in a police service or by a special constable employer.

Special constable employers will require authorization by the Solicitor General to employ special constables. The regulation outlines the eligibility requirements for special constable employers and the factors the Solicitor General is to consider when issuing an authorization. The regulation establishes various types of special constables and, in relation to each type, specifies the purposes for which a person may act as a special constable, the police powers they may be granted, the weapons they are permitted to use and patrol vehicle requirements that would apply.

For more detail, please see the attached draft regulation.

SOLGEN welcomes your comments and feedback.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
SOLGEN may be consulting with stakeholders to identify potential costs associated with the given regulation coming into force.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
December 21, 2022
Comments Due Date:
February 4, 2023
Contact Address:
Ministry of the Solicitor General
Strategic Policy, Research and Innovation Division
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6