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Public Safety Canada

March 19, 2008 16:17 ET

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

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety together with the Honourable Jacques Dupuis, Minister of Public Security and Minister of Justice for Quebec, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Quebec with $92.3 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.

"Two of the Government of Canada's top priorities are strengthening capacity to protect Canadians against threats to their security, and enhancing community safety," said Minister Day. "This new Fund helps address these priorities by providing support to the provinces and territories over the next five years for the recruitment of new front-line police officers who bravely serve their communities. I am pleased to be partnering with Quebec to strengthen law enforcement in the region."

"The safety and security of Quebec's citizens are very important to my government, and the continued collaboration with the federal government is critical," said Quebec's Minister of Public Security and Minister of Justice, Jacques Dupuis. "This funding is one of the tools we will use to support our efforts in tackling the criminal elements which plague our region. It is a welcomed contribution."

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. Quebec has the flexibility to use its allocated portion of the funding to hire additional 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