Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project

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The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is committed to developing and maintaining the trust of the community it serves by providing responsive, effective and equitable policing to all residents. We are committed to the principle that all persons have the right to live and work in an environment that is free of police action based on racial bias and racial profiling.

Starting June 27, 2013, Ottawa Police Officers, by their observation only, will record the race of the driver at all traffic (motor vehicle) stops for a two year period.

The Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project is the result of a settlement agreement between the Ottawa Police Services Board (Board) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). A full copy of the agreement (PDF).


For more information or if you have questions please send an email to Insp. Pat Flanagan or call him at 613-236-1222 ext 5586 or

FAQs about the Traffic Stop Race Data Project

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  • How the project will work...

  • Why is the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) conducting the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (Project)?

  • What does the OPS hope to accomplish through this Project?

  • How can officers correctly identify the race of drivers by observation only?

  • What categories of race will be used for the project?

  • Does the collection of information on perceived race violate the Human Rights Code or privacy legislation?

  • Who will have access to the data?

  • Can I know what race I was recorded as?

  • Do I need to give permission to be part of the study? What if I don’t want to participate in this race data study?

  • Why does collection of race data only apply to the traffic stop?

  • Will officers face disciplinary action during this study as a result of the data collected?

  • What is the OPS policy on racial profiling?


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