The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian governance body that oversees the Toronto Police Service. The Board is dedicated to ensuring that police services are delivered in partnership with our communities, to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be. It is responsible, under the Police Services Act, for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in Toronto.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Toronto Police Services for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Ontario’s Police Services Act requires the Toronto Police Services Board to:

  • Generally determine the objectives and priorities for police services in the municipality, after consulting with the Chief of Police.
  • Set policies for the effective management of the police force.
  • Recruit and appoint the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police.
  • Direct the Chief of Police and monitor their performance.
  • Determine the budget for the police force.

Download the Toronto Police Services Board Program Map.

Operating Budget

The total budget is $4.612 million gross and $2.312 million net.


  • 0.1% Budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to maintain existing service levels.
  • 0.018M Increases primarily in salaries and benefits for cost of living adjustments offset by a reduction in discretionary expenditures.
  • 2020/2021 Final year of Independent Missing Persons Review to be concluded in April 2020.

Key Challenges

  • As the demand for adequate and effective policing increases due to population growth, and the implementation of transformation continues, the Board must address increasingly complex community concerns and governance issues.

Priority Actions

  • Remain focused on how police officers can best respond to people who are dealing with mental health and addictions issues, as well as how to support employee health and wellness programs internally.
  • Continue to build on confronting issues of bias, including critical examination of the Board’s Policy on Collection, Use and Reporting of Demographic Statistics – which includes race-based data.
  • Respond to anticipated changes as a result of the Safer Ontario Act, and other new and amended legislation relevant to the Board’s work.
  • Continue the second year of the Missing Persons Investigations Review with a focus on policies and procedures governing missing person investigations ($1.8 million gross and $0 net).

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available

Letter and Attachments from the Toronto Polices Services on Toronto Police Services Board – 2019 Operating Budget Request