Federal Update

On April 16, the Government of Canada tabled its budget. While there were some new public safety initiatives, we were disappointed to see a lack of investments to support our Members.

Some highlights include: 

  • $108 million in funding proposed for Transportation Canada and the RCMP to administer the Transportation Security Clearance Program, which screens workers at ports and airports who perform certain duties or have access to restricted areas, to prevent security threats within Canada’s transportation system. (Page 277) 
  • $200 million over five years, to repair, renovate, and replace policing facilities in First Nations and Inuit communities. (Page 310)  
  • $7.4 million over five years, with $1.7 million in remaining amortization, to the RCMP to modernize the Canadian Firearms Program’s telephone and case management systems. (Page 262) 
  • $390 million over five years, to fund the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence. (Page 259)

The budget also included “$21 million over five years to Public Safety Canada (PSC) to support contract policing” (Page 276).  In a meeting with PSC on May 6, 2024, they confirmed that this funding is to support 2032 contract renegotiations with contract partners.

In addition, the Budget also included that “the government proposes to make technical amendments to the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to clarify the methodology used to calculate veterans’ and RCMP serving and retired members benefits” (Page 428). The NPF will be meeting with the Minister of Veterans Affairs to gain clarity on this matter to better understand if/how it could/will impact our Members.

On May 6 and 8, the NPF met with senior officials from PSC to discuss RCMP modernization and plans for federal policing. These discussions remain ongoing.

As Police Week is this month, the NPF has been on Parliament Hill meeting with several Senators and Members of Parliament to discuss several public safety and policing issues. 

Provincial Updates

British Columbia

The GRP Team has been busy on multiple fronts across British Columbia. In mid-April, the team supported the Board in writing to Minister Farnworth with concerns about the proposed changes by the IIO regarding the duties of officers with respect to IIO Investigations.

The NPF connected with RCMP communities across the province to discuss the ongoing impact of the Surrey police transition on all B.C. municipalities. There is a lot of misinformation, and the GRP team is working to stay on top of it and keep relevant parties informed. We will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation in Surrey.

In early May, the GRP Team and NPF President and C.E.O., Brian Sauvé, were at the Lower Mainland Local Government Association Convention and AGM to meet face-to-face with Lower Mainland municipal leaders. We took this time to discuss bail reform and the role that municipalities can play in bringing change at the provincial and federal levels.

Saskatchewan

The GRP Team was back in Regina in April attending the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Convention. SUMA provided an opportunity to meet with municipalities and other public safety stakeholders from across the province to hear their concerns and discuss ways to “off-ramp” the Saskatchewan Marshal Service with the provincial government. 

New Brunswick 

As a continuation of our engagement efforts to offer solutions to local challenges with southwest regional NB municipalities, Board Director Pat Bouchard, met with the municipality of Eastern Charlotte on April 23. We provided updates on the many improvements around vacancies, recruitment, and other changes coming to the RCMP that will positively impact their communities in the coming months. Our work in this region will continue to support municipalities looking to strengthen their RCMP detachments.

Newfoundland and Labrador 

On April 29, NPF President and C.E.O., Brian Sauvé, and Board Director Pat Bouchard had an introductory meeting with the Executive Lead of the Policing Transformation Working Group, which is conducting the Provincial Policing Review. This meeting was to gain a better understanding of the purpose, scope, and objectives of the province’s Policing Transformation Initiative, which has a mandate to evaluate the current policing model. We will be making a formal submission to the Working Group in the coming months detailing the important aspects they should consider in their review including the incredible value provided by our Members.

Nova Scotia

As part of the NS Policing Review Engagement Advisory Committee’s consultation efforts, NPF President, Brian Sauve, met with one of the co-chairs of the committee on May 7 to discuss the upcoming review and learn about their planned stakeholder engagement efforts. We will be making a written submission to the committee and look forward to working with the Advisory Committee and Deloitte, the external consultant chosen to undertake the technical review.

Halifax

After last month’s Budget Committee passed the funding for six new RCMP Regular Members, we’re happy to share that the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has officially approved this investment through their 2024/2025 budget. This comes after the NPF sent in a written submission, appeared before the Budget Committee, and met with numerous Councillors. This is a significant win for the city given that this is the second year in a row that HRM has invested in more RM positions.  We’re also thankful for the other stakeholders the NPF worked with to make this a success, including the Halifax RCMP, the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners, and the Nova Scotia RCMP Veterans Association.