Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 26, 2008 12:15 ET

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Partner to Put More Police on our Streets

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, along with Acting Attorney General Gord Mackintosh, on behalf of the Honourable Dave Chomiak, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Manitoba, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Manitoba with $14.4 million as part of a new Police Officers Recruitment Fund. This Fund supports the Government of Canada's national effort to recruit 2,500 police officers and provides flexibility to the provinces and territories in hiring additional personnel across the country.

"The Government's most important duty is the protection of Canadians against threats to their safety and security, and I am proud to say that we have been taking action to get the job done," said Minister Toews. "By making funding available to support the recruitment of new front-line police officers, we are delivering on a key platform commitment to enhance community safety. I am pleased we are partnering with Manitoba today to strengthen law enforcement in the province."

"Federal support for more front-line officers will build on the record investments we've made in police agencies across the province to keep Manitoba families safe," said Manitoba Acting Attorney General Gord Mackintosh. "Our government has committed to put 100 more police officers on our streets, and we welcome support from Ottawa that can help us deliver on that pledge."

Budget 2008 has created a third-party trust fund of up to $400 million. The fund is allocated over five years on a per capita basis. Manitoba has the flexibility to use its allocated portion of the funding to hire additional police officers over these five years.

Each province and territory - in recognition of their jurisdiction over policing - is responsible for distributing funds to municipal and provincial/territorial police services. The provincial and territorial governments are encouraged to report directly to their residents on the expenditures and outcomes on the implementation of this initiative in hiring additional officers.

Tackling crime and strengthening the security of Canadians are paramount responsibilities for the Government of Canada. The introduction of the Police Officers Recruitment Fund further demonstrates that the Government takes these responsibilities seriously by providing assistance to the provinces and territories for the recruitment of 2,500 additional front-line police officers.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca