28 January 2013



Executive Director, Ottawa Police Services Board



Chief of Police, Ottawa Police Service










That the Ottawa Police Services Board receive this report for information.




On December 15, 2009, the Interprovincial Policing Act (IPA) received Royal Assent and was proclaimed on July 5, 2010.  Quebec gave assent to similar cross-border policing legislation at the same time.


The IPA provides a mechanism whereby a Ministry-designated Appointing Official can grant police officer status to a police officer from another Canadian province or territory who is required to enter Ontario to perform policing duties.  Limited and province-wide status is permitted under the Act.  The new IPA also provides indemnification for civil or criminal administrative actions or proceedings that may be incurred while Ontario or Quebec officers are performing duties outside of their home province.


Under the IPA, the Appointing Officials are required to notify their Police Services Board on a quarterly basis of any appointments made and/or terminated within the given reporting period, including the following information:


            *   Name of the province the extra-provincial police officer is from; and


            *   Duration of extra-provincial police officer appointment (which normally is set at three years unless there are special circumstances that would shorten that time frame).


The purpose of this report is to summarize for the Board the annual level of appointment activity under the Act.




Quebec Activities on Behalf of OPS Officers


The Service de Securité de Québec (SQ) processed 207 applications in 2012 for Ottawa Police Service officers requiring status in the province of Québec to perform daily duties, including returning accused persons on warrants in Québec and continuing investigations where witnesses or accused persons are located in Québec. The SQ has the authority to grant the appointment for the entire province or can limit it to certain geographic districts depending on the officer’s duties and the scope of investigation.


Effective December 1, 2012, the appointments made under the Gatineau swearing-in process expired.  As a result, all of those OPS officers had to re-apply for new appointments. The SQ has been extremely efficient in processing OPS applications requiring Quebec-wide coverage. Gatineau PS has issued 26 appointments to OPS members for the City of Gatineau only.


Ottawa Police Service Activities on Behalf of Quebec Officers


During 2012 the Ottawa Police Service granted 2 inter-provincial appointments to police officers from a police service outside of Ontario. One of the officers was from Montreal (SPVM) and required a 30 day appointment. The other appointment was for an officer from Gatineau PS.


Appointments issued for the entire province of Ontario are processed by the O.P.P. and appointments required for jurisdiction of the City of Ottawa, are processed by OPS. It is important to note that the majority of requests from agencies outside of Ontario are processed by the Ontario Provincial Police as generally these investigations require travelling throughout the province of Ontario and not just within the jurisdiction of the city of Ottawa.




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The implementation of the IPA has facilitated the granting of police officer status to an officer from another province that may require this status on a regular or temporary basis in the execution of his/her duties.  It has proven to be an effective manner to administer the granting of police officer status, and the reporting requirements ensure that the Police Services Board is aware of potential activity within its jurisdiction.




(original signed by)


Charles Bordeleau

Chief of Police


Responsible for the report:  Director-General Debra Frazer