The Toronto Police Services Board is responsible, under the Police Services Act, for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in Toronto.

Budget Notes

Provide, through civilian governance, adequate and effective police services in Toronto in accordance with the Police Service Act.

View the Toronto Police Services Board Program Map in greater detail.

The Toronto Police Services Board is responsible, under the Police Services Act, for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in Toronto.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $2.809 million gross and $2.309 million net.

Through a reduction of consulting expenses, the Program is able to fully offset $0.018 million in salary and benefit pressure in non-salary accounts to achieve the same net budget level as 2017, while maintaining the same service levels for 2018.

Fast Facts

  • The Toronto Police Services Board is a seven member civilian body that oversees the Toronto Police Service.
  • The Police Services Act also sets out who will be members of the Board. In Toronto, it states that three members will be appointed by the provincial government; one member will be the Mayor of Toronto (or designate); two members will be City of Toronto Councillors and one member will be a citizen selected by the City of Toronto Council.
  • The primary role of the Board is to establish, after consultation with the Chief of Police, overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police services.
  • The Toronto Police Services Board provides governance to Toronto Police Service and its members, a strength of 7,881 members.
  • The Police Services Act establishes the number of Board members in direct relation to the population of the area it represents.
  • The Toronto Police Services Board is the only Board in Ontario to be headed by a full time Chair.
  • In Toronto, civilian governance of the police dates back to January 1, 1957, when the police departments from the original thirteen municipalities in the Toronto area amalgamated to establish Metropolitan Toronto Police.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

The primary role of the Toronto Police Services Board is to establish, after consultation with the Chief of Police, overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police service and fulfilling the mandate established in the Police Services Act.

The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget will enable Toronto Police Services Board to:

  • Respond to anticipated changes to the Police Services Act
  • Monitor implementation of the Transformational Task Force Final Report.
  • Continue to provide governance and civilian oversight and to monitor achievements of the Toronto Police Service.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Monitoring the Implementation of Transformation Task Force Recommendations¬†will be achieved through quarterly progress reporting and Board actions required to support the modernization process.
  • Anticipated amendments to the Police Services Act are expected to result in changes in 2018 affecting the Board’s governance and oversight priorities.
    • A move toward an expanded monitoring and independent research role is anticipated.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget for Toronto Police Services Board is $2.809 million gross and $2.309 million net representing 0% change to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget.
  • Continued governance and civilian oversight to monitor the Toronto Police Service will be delivered through re-allocation of $0.026 million to address changes in base budget non-salary areas.
  • Staff complement will be maintained at 7 positions in 2018.
  • The 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget provides funding for the Board to continue to provide civilian oversight and monitor achievements of the Toronto Police Service.