Plans to overhaul policing in Ontario will do little to keep costs in check for cash-strapped municipalities, the president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario says.
Lynn Dollin, who is also the deputy mayor of Innisfil, said municipal politicians hoped the Safer Ontario Act would allow police services to outsource some jobs now performed by sworn police officers. But the act, which the Liberal government wants to pass before Christmas, only allows outsourcing to not-for-profit organizations, according to Dollin.
“I think the act came off with a bunch of fanfare. ‘Isn’t this great, we finally fixed it after 25 years.’ But I think when you dive into the details it’s not as good a news story as you think,” Dollin said.