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Un deficit of $36.9 million in 2023 for the SPVM

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The deficit in the operating budget of the SPVM is valued at $36.9 million in 2023.

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Overtime paid to police officers and the financial impact of the new SPVM collective agreement have increased the deficit of the operating budget of $36.9 million in 2023.

According to documents presented by the City of Montreal, this deficit would have been even greater, at $42.1 million, if it had not been for subsidies from the Quebec government to help the Montreal police. Actual spending was 829.8 million, compared to the original budget of 787.7 million.

To explain the excess spending, we must consider the impact of the new collective agreement of $31.5 million beyond the planned financial framework.

The same goes for overtime, which will have cost $42.9 million more than the budget planned for last January 1.

The envelope for various needs related to surveys and training plans was also exceeded by $2 million.

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The SPVM deficit would have been greater had it not been for the financial assistance granted by the Minister of Public Security , François Bonnardel, to help the City of Montreal.

Spending could be higher next year, given police recruitment efforts. The management of the SPVM wishes to add a net 225 agents to its ranks by December 31, 2024.

The payroll, which counts for more of 90% of the SPVM's operational budget, will therefore increase considerably if the addition of so many police officers is confirmed.

2019: 620 million

2020: 636.9 million

2021: 655.5 million

2022: 699.6 million

2023: 755.2 million

2024: 784.3 million (projected)

Source : Budget 2024, City of Montreal

Despite this financial chasm, the City plans to increase the annual budget of the SPVM by 4.1% in 2024, which will represent an increase of $33.8 million.

This means that the annual operational budget will increase from 787.7 million in 2023 to 821.5 million in 2024.

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