Toronto Mayor John Tory's latest proposal of a $48.3 million budget increase for the Toronto Police Service (TPS) has outraged many residents of Toronto.
The proposal brings Toronto police's 2023 budget to approximately $1.16 billion—higher than the police budget in 2022 and 2021, which was $1.1 billion and $1.07 billion respectively.
The investment would introduce 200 more officers in the police force, which the city describes as "priority response units".
“One of our principal responsibilities is to keep our community safe and to keep Torontonians safe. This will show itself in a proposed 4.3 per cent increase in the police budget,” Tory said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the investment.
Tory has faced a lot of backlash by the residents of the city, who believe that Toronto needs funding in other arenas instead. Toronto is already facing a major hospital and housing crises, with high inflation and food insecurity since the pandemic.