26 May 2014



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 in Ontario and was proclaimed on July 5, 2010.  The province of 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 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 provinces.


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 for the calendar year 2013.




Quebec Activities on Behalf of OPS Officers


The Service de Securité de Québec (SQ) processed 121 applications in 2013 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 authority to certain geographic districts depending on the officer’s duties and the scope of investigation.


Similarly, the Service de police de la Ville Gatineau may also appoint officers from Ontario to perform duties within the boundaries of their municipality. In 2013, Gatineau issued 2 appointments to OPS members.


Ottawa Police Service Activities on Behalf of Quebec Officers


During 2013, the Ottawa Police Service granted 70 inter-provincial appointments to police officers from a police service outside of Ontario. All of the appointments were granted to members of the Service de police de la Ville Gatineau. The appointments took place on February 16th, 2013 and will expire February 16, 2016.


Appointments issued for the entire province of Ontario are processed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Appointments required for the 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 OPP, as generally 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 Interprovincial Policing Act (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 activity within its jurisdiction.



(Original signed by)


Charles Bordeleau

Chief of Police


Responsible for the report:  Director-General Debra Frazer