NEW OPP Billing Model

In 2015, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be using a new formula to bill policing services in communities served by the OPP.  The model includes two components: base policing costs such as crime prevention, proactive policing, officer training and administrative duties, and cost for reactive calls for service. Base policing will account for approximately 66 per cent of the bill, reactive calls will account for approximately 34 per cent.  The cost for OPP services will be $304 per household/commercial property.

The local implications of this new formula will result in Township policing costs increasing from approximately $760,000 to $1,113,000 annually translating into a property tax increase in the range of 10%!  The new formula will be phased in over five years and during this time; the increases will be capped at $40 per household/commercial property per year.  By year five, the municipalities will be paying 100% of the new cost. For 2015, the cost will rise to $247.58.

The current billing is based on a deployment model that reflects a municipality’s actual crime rate. The current cost per household for Drummond/North Elmsley averages about $200 per household.  This is a user pay system that we believe is fair. We believe the proposed Billing Model is fundamentally flawed for the following reasons:

  • Using households to allocate costs is wrong because households are not cost drivers of all crime in a community;
  • It is built on a base rate for all municipalities regardless of police resources used and is unfair to rural townships with lower crime rates.

Drummond/North Elmsley had worked together with our neighbours in Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands, Beckwith, and Montague Townships along with South, Central and North Frontenac Townships on this important issue since November 2013. We called on the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to reconsider or modify the proposed funding model. Our continued collective efforts through letters to the Premier, various MPPs, a face-to-face discussion with OPP representatives, and a delegation with the Minister and senior OPP officials at a recent conference have been to no avail.


For more information please see the following links:

Association of Municipalities of Ontario

AMO  Final Report Presentation Highlights
AMO Announcement  New Task Force on Police Modernization
AMO Conference Ontario Tops Provinces in Police Spending
AMO Ontario Needs Modern Sustainable Policing
AMO OPP Billing Steering Committee Final Report
AMO Policing Facts February 28, 2014
AMO Provincial Auditor 2012 Report


Ontario Provincial Police - Municipal Policing

OPP Announcement New Billing Model 2014
OPP Billing Model Facts Handout 2014
OPP Municipal Billing Review
OPP New Model Backgrounder 2014


Other Resources:

Howard Allan OPP Report
Howard Allan's Presentation on OPP-Billing-Reform
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