Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Multi Year Action Plan

Human Rights Learning Forum posterOttawa Police Service Diversity Audit

Executive Summary of the Diversity Audit:

The Diversity Audit (or “the Audit”) was undertaken by the Graybridge Malkam (GM) research and consulting firm during 2018-19, under contract with the City of Ottawa on behalf of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS).

The Audit was initiated by the OPS with the objective of taking a comprehensive look at practices identified as important to the achievement of its Multi-Year Action Plan for Bias-Neutral Policing (MYAP). The Diversity Audit used a variety of research methodologies to explore the topics identified in the scope:


  • Leadership & Governance
  • Representation of Diversity
  • Human Resource Practices
  • Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Policies and Practices
  • Service Delivery


  • Desk review of documentation and data (150+)
  • Fact-finding interviews (50+)
  • Interviews with OPS members (50)
  • Community insight sessions (85 participants)
  • Best practices research
  • Benchmarking

The Audit process was designed to uncover both strengths and gaps in the current OPS practices for assuring a workplace characterized by equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in support of achieving the Service’s MYAP goals. Its scope rested on a multi-dimensional view of diversity – including ‘all the ways in which we differ,’ specifically but not exclusively the protected grounds of the Ontario Human Rights Act. View the full Report.


Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDP) II

Progressing Towards Bias-Free Policing: Five Years of Race Data on Traffic Stops in Ottawa

Executive Summary of TSRDP II

This TSRDP II report by the Ontario Tech/York University Research Team provides an overview of the findings of three-years of traffic stop data from 2015 to 2018 for the Ottawa Police Service as a follow-up to the pioneering 2016 Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project Report (TSRDCP I), which involved undertaking the largest race based data collection in Canadian policing history. The original community-based research project arose from an agreement between the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Ottawa Police Services Board (Board) and the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). The OHRC and the OPS believe that race based data collection is part of an organizational approach to ensuring bias-neutral policing services. Full information regarding the agreement is available online at ottawapolice.ca/race.

The Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project required police officers to record their perception of the driver’s race, by observation only, for traffic stops over a two-year period from June 27, 2013 to June 26, 2015. A data set of 81,902 records of traffic stops over two years were examined for the original TSRDCP I Report. 

The current TSRDCP II report examines a total of 96,436 recorded traffic stops of Ottawa residents for the three year period from 2015 to 2018. The analysis presented in this report segments the records of 96,436 traffic stops into three data sets reflecting one-year periods, 2015-2016, 2016-2018, and 2017-2018. As with the original groundbreaking report, each traffic stop record includes complete information on race, sex and age, along with reasons for traffic stops and outcomes.  View the full Report.

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

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 is hosting 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 are 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 will be offered in English only, however, questions will be answered in both official languages and documents will be translated where possible**


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