Special Board Meeting to Consider 2023 Budgets to be Held on Monday January 9 at 9:30AM
January 3, 2023
TORONTO: The Toronto Police Services Board will hold a special meeting on Monday January 9, 2023 at 9:30AM.
The purpose of the meeting is to consider the Toronto Police Service and Parking Enforcement Unit’s 2023 proposed operating budgets, the Toronto Police Service’s Capital budget, as well as the Toronto Police Services Board’s 2023 proposed operating budget.
The Board’s meeting will proceed as a hybrid meeting. This is consistent with recent changes by the City of Toronto in the way it is holding its City Council and Committee meetings. We ask that individuals attending in-person consider the guidance provided by Toronto Public Health that “[m]asks are strongly recommended in indoor public settings.” As a result, the Board is recommending masking and physical distancing, and especially masking where physical distancing is not consistently possible.
Sign-up to make a deputation
If you wish to sign up to make a deputation on an item, please use our Making a Deputation sign-up form: https://www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation. Registered deputants will have the option of making their deputation in-person or virtually. Virtual deputations would be available either by video via WebEx, or audio-only by phone.
In addition, members of the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting as an observer through our livestream at: https://youtu.be/JuABjts0pHs.
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw recommending that it approve the Service’s 2023 net operating budget request of $1,166.5M, which represents a 4.3% increase – or $48.3M - over the 2022 approved budget. As the report states, this budget has been prepared as one that is responsive, focused on providing adequate, effective and equitable policing services, building on a ten-year history of fiscal responsibility, cost containment, transformation and operational successes.
This proposed budget makes investments in a number of key areas, including building community trust, improving emergency response time, extending the crisis call diversion program, advancing technology, accelerating police reform, and prioritizing Service Member wellness and improvements in internal trust.
In particular, the proposed budget increase addresses the recommendations made by the City of Toronto’s Auditor General in the areas of priority response times and 911 call times. Key themes identified in these recommendations include the need to improve and use data to enhance staffing and operational strategies, and ensure adequate resources are in place to address priority areas, as well as the need to explore alternative responses for certain lower-priority calls for service, to free up time for Priority Response Unit responders and 911 operators to respond to higher priority emergency calls and improve response times.
The Board will also consider budget requests for the:
Toronto Police Service 2023-2032 Capital Program, recommending the approval of the Service’s Capital Program with a 2023 net request of $16.6M and gross amount of $46.6M, and a total of $219.4M net and $679.0M gross for the 10-year program.
Parking Enforcement Unit operating budget, recommending the approval of a net operating budget request of $51.3M ($52.6M gross), a $0.49M or 0.95% increase over the 2022 approved budget; and
Board’s 2023 operating budget, in the requested amount of $2,176,800, which is a $207,000 or 10.5% increase over the 2022 approved budget. For more information, visit tpsb.ca/budget.
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.