What Defunding the Police Could Mean for the Social Sector

Creating New Public Safety Processes

Why It Matters

Amid a global conversation on systemic racism and police brutality, Canadians are calling to defund the police and invest instead in social services. According to Statistics Canada, over $15 billion is spent on policing, and operating expenditures have been increasing, even when adjusted for inflation.

As part of worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are calling on governments of all levels to defund the police

Syrus Marcus Ware, a community activist and core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, says defunding the police is necessary, given the


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