Regulation - LGIC

Adequate and Effective Policing (General) Regulation under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019

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Regulation - LGIC
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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.

The ministry is seeking to modernize the regulatory framework for adequate and effective policing to provide greater quality and consistency in the delivery of police services across Ontario. At this time, SolGen is requesting public and stakeholder input on a proposed general regulation related to adequate and effective policing. A phased approach will be used to develop new standards for adequate and effective policing, which includes adopting and expanding elements from the existing O. Reg. 3/99 (Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services), identifying matters to be regulated from the Policing Standards Manual and considering valuable feedback from public and stakeholder input.

Under the CSPA, police service boards and the Commissioner of the OPP will be required to provide adequate and effective policing in their area of policing responsibility, in accordance with the needs of the population in the area and having regard for the diversity of the population in that area. The proposed regulation sets out certain standards, as well as requiring chiefs of police to develop procedures and take other steps, in relation to the following policing functions: Crime Prevention; Law Enforcement; Maintaining the Public Peace; Emergency Response; and Assistance to Victims of Crime. The proposed regulation would also prescribe other policing functions for the purpose of paragraph 6 of s.11 (1) of the Act (i.e., additional functions required as part of adequate and effective policing).

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.
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Posting Date:
July 18, 2023
Comments Due Date:
September 1, 2023
Contact Address:
Ministry of the Solicitor General
Strategic Policy Division
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6