The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities says policing costs are becoming unsustainable for municipalities. The lobby group says for many communities in the north, policing has become a significant part of a municipality’s budget. FONOM says Ontario has the highest policing costs in Canada.
It adds over the past decade, emergency services for police, fire and ambulance in the province have risen three times above the rate of inflation. Fonom says one way to address the problem is ensure that arbitration police awards are based on a municipality’s ability to pay.