Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Multi Year Action Plan

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is pleased to release its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan – complete with ten priority action items for 2020. 

The plan, and this year’s priorities, was built on many different sources including the recently released reports and significant inputs from both police and community members who contributed to the many meetings, interviews, forums and surveys over the last two years.  We also worked closely with the Community Equity Council (CEC) and its working groups to design the plan and set priorities. 

Priority action items for 2020 include: 

  1. Create EDI Office to enhance EDI efforts and coordination across OPS.
  2. Provide EDI Coaching and Mentoring to equip our leaders with culture change and EDI tools.
  3. Develop EDI Lens Toolkit to improve our decision-making for internal and external systems and responses – ie. missing persons/Indigenous women and internal transfer, promotions, and developmental rotation processes.
  4. Reintroduce Hate Crime Section to improve response and support to impacted communities.
  5. Enhance Community Policing including expansion of Neighbourhood Resource Teams.
  6. Continue Anti-Racial Profiling efforts on addressing over and under policing concerns using a multi-stakeholder approach to policy, procedures, and accountability measures.
  7. Update Outreach Recruitment and Background Check Processes to remove unintended barriers and increase competitive applications.
  8. Initiate community dialogue and work with stakeholders for more effective mental health response (including training) with an interagency and intersectional approach – that addresses gaps, improves service delivery, builds collective action, and contributes to community safety and well-being.  
  9. Enhance Member Wellness supports and inclusion efforts - accommodations, early intervention, and formalizing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
  10. Improve Complaint Resolution Process for members and supervisors– including a special project focused on addressing sexual violence. and harassment in the work place.

The plan was presented to the Ottawa Police Services Board at its January 27 meeting, and it tabled at the February regular meeting. It was updated on August 18, 2020.




• EDI ACTION PLAN UPDATE   |  • Ottawa Police Services Board Report |  • EDI ACTION PLAN PROGRESS REPORT


The Ottawa Police Service presents its EDI Action Plan Progress Report to the Ottawa Police Services Board on Monday, February 22, 2021. The update (including progress on all defined 2020 deliverables) and the associated report to the board are now available for review. We welcome comments and feedback at EDI@ottawapolice.ca.





Watch the 2020 Human Rights Learning Forum

On December 10, 2020, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), in partnership with the Community Equity Council (CEC), hosted the 6th annual Human Rights Learning Forum, in recognition of Human Rights Day. The theme of this year’s virtual event was ‘We need to talk; It’s about systemic racism’, focusing on deepening our collective understanding of systemic racism.


Chief Sloly restates commitment to improving
policing in Ottawa

Thanks to everyone for attending the 5th Annual Human Rights Learning Forum – From Recommendations to Action.  Here are some highlights from the forum as well as another opportunity to provide feedback into the development of the EDI Action Plan:

Ottawa Police 5th Annual Human Rights Learning Forum

From Recommendation to Action – Traffic Stop Race Data and Diversity Audit Reports

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: St. Elias Banquet Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa

The OPS hosted an interactive engagement session to share the key findings from: the second phase of the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDCP); the Diversity Audit report; and the OPS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Draft Action Plan. The OPS is committed to engaging with the public to ensure transparency and accountability. 

The objectives of this session were to: 

  • Present key findings of the Diversity Audit, TSRDCP report and introduce the OPS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) draft Action Plan;
  • Provide attendees with the opportunity to offer feedback, transparency and ensure accountability and;
  • Present key preliminary actions towards OPS’s ongoing commitment to becoming a more Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Organization.

 ** Presentations were offered in English only, however, questions will be answered in both official languages and documents will be translated where possible**



From Recommendations to Action – Release of Traffic Stop Race Data Collection and Diversity Audit reports

Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDP) II

Ottawa Police Service Diversity Audit

For more information, visit the background and archived information page about race data.

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