A message from the President
THE COMPREHENSIVE ONTARIO POLICE SERVICES ACT 2019:
OSOPA IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE LACK OF CONSULTATION AND FAIRNESS TO MEMBERS WITH DRAFTED CHANGES TO THE NEW ACT THAT WOULD EXCLUDE SOME MEMBERS FROM THEIR ASSOCIATIONS.
OSOPA members learned about The Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act 2019 changes after they were announced last week. As you can imagine, we were surprised to learn the new law that was touted to restore respect for police officers included changes to the law that would eliminate the right to associate (as found in the Charter of Rights) for some Senior Officers. Current members that would be excluded from an Association according to the changes to the law include; some senior members of Finance; Legal; Human Resources; and CAO’s.
In the Province of Ontario, Senior Officers have long been guaranteed the freedom of association. This provides members supports through collective bargaining and a process to resolve complaints and concerns. In essence, Senior Officers’ Associations provide a voice for its’ members with management (Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs).
Update: On March 7, 2019 OSOPA provided a written and verbal presentation to the Justice Policy Committee regarding The Comprehensive Ontario Police Service Act 2019 changes affecting membership in SOA’s. The written submission may be found in the Members Only section of our website.
Update: On March 25, 2019 OSOPA sent a letter to Minister Sylvia Jones to continue to express our concern regarding Section 220, regardless of minor revisions being made. Unfortunately, the legislation passed with no further amendments.
Update: On April 4, 2019, the OSOPA executive approved seeking further legal advice on the legislation as it has been given Royal Assent. In addition, OSOPA will seek input on any Regulations drafted.
Update: At the May 31, 2019 OSOPA executive meeting, the Comprehensive Ontario Police Service Act 2019 was discussed. The meeting minutes are now posted on the website and provide information on OSOPA’s position moving forward.
To read the submissions to the government go to the Members’ only section of the website “Have your Say”.
- THANK YOU TO HAMILTON POLICE SOA AND NIAGARA REGIONAL POLICE SOA
The 2018 OSOPA conference and AGM was held at the Marriott Fallsview in Niagara Falls, October 24 – 26, 2018; hosted by the Hamilton Police SOA and Niagara Regional Police SOA. Thank you to the host Associations; the conference sponsors; and all the participants. The 2019 OSOPA Conference and AGM will be hosted by the Waterloo Regional Police SOA in the fall of 2019. Stay tuned for details.
All the best!
President Rohan Thompson