Police Services

On behalf of local governments, UBCM is currently engaging on a range of issues that affect police services in BC:

Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing


The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing (TFRS) agreement is an unconditional grant that returns 100% of net provincial traffic fine revenue (violation ticket fines minus provincial recovery costs) to local governments. This includes local governments under 5,000 in population, who receive traffic fine revenue through a reduction in the Police Tax. Traffic fine revenue is not allocated based on the jurisdiction where a ticket is issued, but rather the ratio of a local government’s policing costs to aggregate local government policing costs in BC.

On April 5, 2018, the provincial government advised UBCM of its intention to amend the TFRSA. The consultation process and UBCM response to provincial proposals is outlined in a September 2018 Compass article. UBCM continues to wait for a response from the provincial government, who have been considering UBCM's submission and changes to the program since August 2018.

UBCM has been told that the outcome of the provincial review will not result in a reduction in traffic fine revenue to local governments. This longstanding program has helped offset a small portion of the over $1 billion each year that BC local governments spend in policing.

Minister Farnworth to UBCM Re: Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Agreement [PDF - 990 KB] - Sept 2019
Minister Robinson to UBCM Re: Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing [PDF - 474 KB]
 - June 2018
UBCM to Minister Robinson Re: Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing [PDF - 88 KB]
- Apr. 2018
Minister Robinson to UBCM Re: Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing [PDF - 619 KB] - Apr. 2018

Amendments Proposed for Traffic Fine Revenue Agreement - Sept 2018

RCMP Labour Relations


In January 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, as part of its decision in Mounted Police Association of Ontario v Canada (Attorney General), ruled that the RCMP had the right to collective bargaining, similar to other members of the public service. After several rounds of amendments, Bill C-7 (An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts and to provide for certain other measures) received Royal Assent in June 2017.

Results of a December 2018 vote have recently been revealed to confirm that RCMP members voted to certify the National Police Federation (NPF) as their bargaining agent. The NPF becomes the sole bargaining agent for all RCMP members below the rank of Inspector. 

UBCM respects the right of RCMP Members to unionize, and advocates for a labour relations system that considers local government ability to pay, is affordable and sustainable, and provides for local government input. Concerns previously expressed and re-itterated through correspondence include, but are not limited to:

  • The need to consider local government ability to pay;
  • The expanded scope for collective bargaining potentially testing the affordability and sustainability of policing in communities that pay for RCMP services;
  • The need for the RCMP Commissioner, under the management rights clause, to preserve the affordability of policing services;
  • The need for flexibility, given that the needs of urban local governments often differ from those of rural local governments; and,
  • Disappointment in the lack of consultation with local governments, and the need for a labour relations system where local governments are able to provide input.

UBCM continues to advocate for some level of engagement/input during the collective bargaining process. Local governments that utilize RCMP services should be aware that policing costs will likely rise as a result of the collective bargaining process.

UBCM to Minister Ralph Goodale re: RCMP Unionization and Collective Bargaining [PDF - 83 KB] - Nov 2018
Public Safety Canada to UBCM re: Bill C-7 [PDF - 574 KB] – Jan 2018
UBCM to Public Safety Canada re: Bill C-7 [PDF - 88 KB] – Oct 2017
UBCM to BC Senators re: Bill C-7 [PDF - 87 KB] – Oct 2017
Treasury Board of Canada to UBCM re: Bill C-7 [PDF - 819 KB] – Sep 2017
UBCM to Public Safety Canada re: Local Government Concerns with Bill C-7 [PDF - 132 KB] – April 2017
City of Revelstoke to Public Safety Canada re: Labour Relations Model [PDF - 108 KB] – Jan 2016
Public Safety Canada to Local Governments re: Labour Relations Feedback [PDF - 413 KB] – Jan 2016

RCMP Elect Bargaining Agent - July 2019
Budgeting for Increases to RCMP Compensation - Nov 2018
RCMP Contract Management Committee Update – Dec 2016
Update on National Contract Management Committee – June 2016
RCMP Contract Management Committee Update – June 2016

RCMP Auxiliary Program

The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program [PDF - 56 KB] has existed in British Columbia for over 50 years, and is governed by provincial policy, although general policy guidelines are issued by National Headquarters (Ottawa). Approximately half of all Canadian Auxiliary Constables are located in British Columbia.

As part of an Auxiliary Program safety review that began in 2014, the RCMP has introduced a tiered model that will allow divisions and contract partners to choose one or a mixture of tiers based on local needs and circumstances. Other changes include developing a national training standard and creating high visibility uniforms. Activities will vary depending on tier chosen, but can include public safety education, crime prevention, assisting at major events, traffic control, and/or general duty operational patrols with RCMP Members.

Each tier comes with unique costs, training and administrative requirements. UBCM has expressed concerns regarding the proposed uniform, requesting that the RCMP introduce a new uniform that visually conveys the professionalism and authority held by Auxiliary Constables. The provincial government has conveyed a similar message.

As a result of the RCMP's reluctance to address local government concerns, UBCM has requested that the Province evaluate the feasibility of implementing a BC-only program.

Minister Mike Farnworth to UBCM re: Auxiliary Constable Program [PDF - 418 KB] - Aug 2019
UBCM to Minister Mike Farnworth re: Auxiliary Constable Program [PDF - 122 KB]
 - July 2019
UBCM to Minister Mike Farnworth re: Auxiliary Constable Uniform [PDF - 77 KB]
 - Apr 2019
RCMP to UBCM re: Proposed Auxiliary Constable Uniform [PDF - 976 KB]
 - Oct 2018
UBCM to RCMP re: Proposed Auxiliary Constable Uniform [PDF - 290 KB]
-- Aug 2018
UBCM to Province re: RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program Options Paper [PDF - 737 KB]
– Nov 2016
UBCM to RCMP re: Auxiliary Constable Program Review [PDF - 193 KB] – Oct 2016

Concerns with Proposed Auxiliary Constable Uniform - Oct 2018
RCMP to Implement Tiered Auxiliary Constable Model – Jan 2017
UBCM Members Favour Tiered Auxiliary Constable Program – Nov 2016
RCMP Seeking Input on Auxiliary Constable Program – Oct 2016
Provincial Review of Auxiliary Constable Program – Apr 2016

BC Policing Transition Evaluation Framework

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is developing a transition evaluation framework in order to evaluate requests from local governments seeking to transition to an independent police force. UBCM and the RCMP Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) were identified as stakeholders, and were asked to meet with the Province to discuss key considerations, risks, and potential impacts on UBCM and local governments.

Minister Mike Farnworth to UBCM re: Policing Transition Evaluation Framework [PDF - 489 KB] - Sept 2019
Minister Mike Farnworth to LGCMC re: Policing Transition Evaluation Framework [PDF - 486 KB] - Sept 2019
UBCM to Minister Mike Farnworth re: Policing Transition Evaluation Framework Feedback [PDF - 88 KB]
 - Aug 2019
LGCMC to Minister Mike Farnworth re: Policing Transition Evaluation Framework Feedback [PDF - 121 KB] - Aug 2019
Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General to UBCM re: Policing Transition Evaluation Framework [PDF - 148 KB]
- May 2019

Provincial Policing Resources


Increasing policing complexity and impending RCMP unionization could make the current provincial policing structure unsustainable. Delegates at the 2018 UBCM Convention heard that the provincial government and RCMP are examining the viability of the current model, and in particular British Columbia’s smallest RCMP detachments.

Also during the 2018 UBCM Convention, a number of local governments voiced their opinion regarding vacancies and a lack of provincial policing resources. In light of these concerns and long standing policy, UBCM has conveyed correspondence to the provincial government requesting additional policing resources to increase the authorized strength of RCMP provincial detachments to a sufficient level. The issue was also raised in-person with Minister Mike Farnworth during UBCM's 2019 'Advocacy Days' meetings in Victoria. UBCM’s members have previously endorsed numerous resolutions requesting the Province analyze and review its resource commitment to provincial policing.

Minister Mike Farnworth to UBCM re: Provincial Policing Resources [PDF - 965 KB] - Oct 2018
UBCM to Minister Mike Farnworth re: Provincial Policing Resources [PDF - 409 KB] - Sept 2018

RCMP Policing Structure Under Review - Sept 2018

RCMP Contract Five Year Review


In accordance with article 22 of the Provincial Police Service Agreement (PPSA), Canada and the Provinces and Territories may use a Five Year Review mechanism to analyze and address substantive issues arising out of the implementation of the PPSA. Article 21.1 of the Municipal Police Unit Agreement (MPUA) dictates that amendments resulting from the review will be applicable to, and binding on, the MPUA.

In 2015, UBCM worked with the Province to solicit feedback in order to best represent local government interests to the federal government. A final report on local government feedback was submitted to the Province in February 2016.

This review has now concluded. The primary themes coming out of the Review are the need for improved consultation, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and improved implementation of the agreements. The Province has agreed to address all major BC local government issues that were raised in UBCM’s report, but were not approved as part of the Five Year Review.

UBCM Submission to Province re: Five Year Review of RCMP Agreements [PDF - 558 KB] – Feb 2016
Province to UBCM re: Five Year Review of RCMP Agreements [PDF - 255 KB] – Mar 2016
UBCM to Affected Mayors re: Five Year Review of RCMP Agreements [PDF - 66 KB] – Dec 2015

RCMP Contract Management Committee Update – Dec 2016
RCMP Five Year Review Update – June 2016
Local Government Feedback on RCMP Contract – Feb 2016
Final Deadline for RCMP Contract Feedback – Jan 2016
Deadline Nearing to Submit RCMP Contract Feedback – Sep 2015
Update on National RCMP Contract Management Committee – June 201

External Resources on Police Services

Local Government Policing Communications Portal
BC Policing and Community Safety Plan

Policing Agreements
Police Resources in BC
Policing Legislation in BC


Bhar Sihota
Policy Analyst
604 270 8226 ext. 114

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