The Town of Orangeville continues to work with the Ontario Provincial Police to move forward with the transition process, tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2020.

On March 5, the Town submitted the extensive brief and request for disbandment to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). A decision on the application is slated for mid to late May of 2020.

In early March, the OPP Career Development Bureau held pre-qualification sessions allowing applicants a tour of the OPP General Headquarters in Orillia. The OPP application process for Uniform members closed on March 31, with a higher than anticipated number of transitional applicants. The OPP Career Development Bureau is reviewing the applications. Next steps include Civilian position postings which are expected to be completed in July. OPS Auxiliary members have also received initial correspondence from the OPP with information on the OPP Auxiliary program. 

The police facility upgrades, at 390 C Line, are guided by standards from Infrastructure Ontario and OPP facility guidelines. The Town has contracted Formworks, Inc. Architects for the facility design plans and Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants Inc. as the engineers for the upgrades to the police building. The request for tender (RFT) process for construction is expected to be released in May and construction on the facility is tentatively scheduled to commence in June. The renovations are proposed to be substantially completed by October 1, 2020 -- the targeted OPP transition date.  

The OPP transition financials were approved in the 2020 budget as well as the police facility upgrades of $1.1 million. Currently, all OPP transition project financing is on target and within budget.