News Release

SIU to Soon Collect Race-Based Data

Case Number: OHRC

Mississauga, ON (10 August, 2020) ---

On October 1, 2020, pursuant to the Anti-Racism Act, the Special Investigations Unit will begin collecting race-based data in the course of its investigations.  The data will be collected on a voluntary basis from complainants in SIU cases, namely, persons who have been seriously injured, alleged sexual assault or (via their next-of-kin) died.  The information will also be collected voluntarily in relation to subject officers, that is, the officers who appear to have caused the serious injury or death in question.

 

“The release today by the Ontario Human Rights Commission of A Disparate Impact, the second interim report arising from its ongoing inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service buttresses the importance of race-based data,” said the SIU’s director, Joseph Martino.  “The systematic collection, analysis and public reporting of this data will do much to help the public and police better understand policing and policing oversight issues, including issues relating to systemic anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.”

 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

Michael Webber, michael.webber@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342