Race Data Background Info


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, began recording the race of the driver at all traffic (motor vehicle) stops. The TSRDCP is the result of a settlement agreement between the Ottawa Police Services Board (Board) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). View the 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 racedata@ottawapolice.ca.


View our Frequently Asked Questions page about the Traffic Stop Race Data Project



Outreach Liaison Team Final Report (PDF, 7MB)May 29, 2017: Project Update Report online (or download the PDF version) to the Ottawa Police Services Board - Diversity Audit and Multi-Year Action Plan for Bias-Neutral Policing  October 24, 2016 - Project Results: September 26, 2016: Project Update Report online (or download a PDF of this report) to the Ottawa Police Services Board - Release of Report Expected on October 24March 23, 2015: Project Update Report (PDF) to the Ottawa Police Services Board and Report Annex (PDF) - Overview: Report Outline & Data Analysis Plan. July 24, 2014 - Update: Over 60,000 Traffic Stops since Race Based Data Collection began in June. Jan 31, 2014:Update: - 35,000 traffic stops recorded May 23, 2013:  The Update Report & presentation for Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project was made available at the  Ottawa Police Services Board meeting. May 3, 2013-Testing PhaseHandout card (Get Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project information in other languages).March 12, 2013: Project Update Jan. 31, 2013: The 'Let's Chat: Have your Say' Community Consultation was held on Thursday Jan. 31, 2013 at the RA Centre 2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa with a total of 165 participants.


The Purpose of the Consultation Session was: 

-To raise awareness of the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project.

-To provide a forum for the community to ask questions, raise concerns and provide their input to the development of the project.