The Government of Ontario joined the Government of Canada August 26, 2019 in announcing more funding to combat guns, gangs, and violent crime. An additional investment of $54 million over three years starting in 2020-21 will be provided to support Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy (GGVRS). This is meant to further act as a deterrent to crime and aid law enforcement and justice partners to ensure that individuals responsible for gun and gang violence are promptly brought to justice. The GGVRS also includes investments that promote alternatives to gangs, break the cycle of offending and prevent violence before it starts.
While the funding is welcome, the OACP is urging the Government of Ontario to provide funding to police services outside the Greater Toronto Area and the nation’s capital.