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Ontario investing $2M to expand surveillance across the province

August 6, 2021  By  SP&T Staff

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The Ontario government says it is investing $2 million to expand surveillance systems across the province via the Ontario CCTV Grant.

The funding, available through the grant program, is designed to help police and municipal partners purchase surveillance equipment for high crime areas, including gun and gang violence, and will also help cover installation costs.

“Robust CCTV surveillance systems are an essential tool to help combat gun and gang violence and keep our communities safe. That is why it is important that we continue to help police services and their municipal partners expand surveillance capacity across the province,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, in a government news release. “This investment will provide our policing partners with the technology they need to detect criminal activity and ramp up the fight against crime.”

The CCTV Grant program was first announced in August 2020 and will provide police services with a total of $6 million over three years. The grant program will cover half of project costs up to a maximum of $200,000 for each successful project. Municipal and First Nations police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, can apply for funding.

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