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Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Chair's Message

The CPC is going through a period of renewal following the appointment of a new Chair and Vice-Chair on October 24, 2005. This renewal has three primary objectives. First, to develop and initiate concrete steps to address historic challenges, most importantly tardiness in responding to complainants who have requested reviews. Second, to identify and respond to new and emerging policing trends in an evolving threat environment. Third, to better position the CPC to exercise an enhanced leadership role in the area of civilian oversight of law enforcement in Canada.

A core feature of the CPC's mandate is the review of public complaints concerning interactions between the RCMP and the general public. The ultimate goal of the public complaints process is to provide an objective assessment of the merits of such complaints and to make meaningful recommendations to improve police conduct and accountability. Prolonged delays between the launching of such complaints and the fashioning of a recommendation erode the value of such recommendations, both in terms of complainant satisfaction or the opportunity to impact upon police behaviour either at the individual or institutional level. In recognition of this challenge, the CPC has, within its existing resource base, undertaken an aggressive program to significantly reduce such delays. A fourfold increase in the number of reports issued monthly has been achieved and our goal for fiscal year 2006­2007 is to put in place, as a service standard, a turn around time of 120 days from receipt of a request for review by the CPC to the handing down of our decision.

The CPC, which has a complement of 44 persons, is responsible for providing civilian oversight of the RCMP, which has over 22,000 employees including regular and civilian members and public service employees and a presence in ten provinces and three territories. The nature and scope of the oversight provided is, of necessity, commensurate with the resources available.

Individual complaints and the review process currently consume CPC resources. This work has inhibited the CPC's ability to study and comment upon general policing trends and practices. The CPC, in recognition of the need to create a modest capacity to conduct such research within its current resource base, has undertaken an organization review that will realign roles and responsibilities and permit the CPC to engage in this important research function.

From the early 1990s to the present, the public safety environment has been subject to an ever increasing set of challenges. The emergence of transnational organized crime, crimes on the Internet, the trafficking in humans and global terrorism represent long-term challenges which, if left unchecked, can undermine the very existence of the state and put at risk the values that are cherished by all Canadians. The government and law enforcement agencies have responded to these challenges with an array of new legislation and novel investigative practices and techniques. Some individuals, groups and organizations have voiced concern as to whether the government's response to these challenges has been either appropriate or balanced. Such concerns have increased rather than abated. Continued support by all segments of Canadian society is essential if law enforcement agencies are to effectively discharge their responsibilities.

The CPC was established by Parliament in 1988. Its legislative mandate was sufficient to address not only police techniques and practices of that era but also public expectations of civilian oversight of police. Public inquiries and reviews at the provincial and federal levels have called into question the adequacy of review regimes. Across Canada, a number of provincial legislatures have taken steps to enhance the power of their respective police review bodies. Federally, the Office of the Auditor General has pointed out the disparity of powers afforded various federal review bodies. In her report of November 2003, the Auditor General noted that the activities of security and intelligence agencies are not subject to consistent levels of review and disclosure. She noted, in part, that "we would have expected that intrusive powers would be subjected to a level of review proportionate to the level of intrusion." When comparing the current legislative mandate of the CPC to that of other review agencies, she noted that in the area of access to information held by the RCMP, the legislative powers of the CPC fall short of the explicit powers given to the Inspector General and Security Intelligence Review Committee who can access all information held by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and request explanation from staff. The RCMP has made every effort, consistent with its appreciation of the law, to provide information requested by the CPC. The absence of a clear legislative mandate, however, in this area is of concern and I wholeheartedly endorse the Auditor General's conclusion that a comprehensive review of this situation would be beneficial.

As Chair of the CPC, I appeared in November 2005 before the Commission of Inquiry into the actions of Canadian officials in relation to Maher Arar. During that appearance, I advised Mr. Justice O'Connor that it would be appropriate to include in his policy review a recommendation that the CPC's mandate be enhanced not only in respect of RCMP national security investigations but policing activities generally in order that public confidence in police conduct be maintained and enhanced.

To better fulfill its mandate, the CPC will significantly reduce its inventory of complaints, establish and meet performance-based service standards, and through an internal reorganization, identify resources needed to research and comment upon general policing trends and practices. The CPC and its staff look forward to working with the Government in response to any recommendations emanating from Mr. Justice O'Connor's final report. Lastly, the CPC will seek out innovative ways to fulfill the public's increasing expectation that there continue to be a credible, accessible and objective regime in place to ensure police accountability and an effective balance between police powers and individual rights.

Paul E. Kennedy

 Management Representation Statement

I submit, for tabling in Parliament, the 2006­2007 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) for the Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (CPC).

This document has been prepared based on the reporting principles contained in the Guide for the Preparation of Part III of the 2006­2007 Estimates: Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports:

  • It adheres to the specific reporting requirements outlined in the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) guidance;
  • It is based on the department's approved Program Activity Architecture structure as reflected in its Management Resources and Results Structure (MRRS);
  • It presents consistent, comprehensive, balanced and accurate information;
  • It provides a basis of accountability for the results achieved with the resources and authorities entrusted to it; and
  • It reports finances based on approved planned spending numbers from TBS in the RPP.

Paul E. Kennedy

 Summary Information

Raison d'être: Vision, Mission and Mandate

The CPC is an independent agency. It is not part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The CPC deals with complaints made by any member of the public concerning the conduct of members of the RCMP in the performance of their policing duties. Complaints can also be made about the conduct of any other person appointed or employed under the RCMP Act. Individuals can lodge a complaint even if they are not directly involved in the incident.

The CPC has the authority to make findings and recommendations, but cannot impose discipline or make monetary awards to complainants.

The CPC's Vision and Mission Statements set out why it exists, what it does and how it achieves its objectives:


Excellence in policing through accountability.


To provide civilian oversight of RCMP members' conduct in performing their policing duties, so as to hold the RCMP accountable to the public.


The CPC's mandate is set out in Part VII of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and can be summarized as follows:

  • To receive complaints from the public about the conduct of RCMP members;
  • To conduct reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP's disposition of their complaints;
  • To hold hearings and investigations; and
  • To report findings and recommendations.

Financial Resources

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
6,466,000 5,614,000 5,119,000

Human Resources

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
44 44 44

CPC Priorities

  Type Planned Spending (000's)
2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
Business Realignment New 50 50 0
Business Improvement Ongoing 60 50 0
Outreach Ongoing 15 10 10
Improvement of IM/IT management Ongoing 250 30 20
Improvement of Human Resources management and integration with Business Planning Ongoing 30 20 10
Kingsclear Investigation Ongoing 1,510 574 0


CPC Plans and Priorities

Strategic Outcome

Uphold safe communities by promoting Canadian values of respect for human and civil rights, multiculturalism and diversity, equality and fairness, and respect for the rule of law.

Program Activity

Civilian oversight of RCMP members' conduct in the performance of their duties.

Planning Environment

The CPC is an impartial and independent government institution. It receives complaints from the public and refers them to the RCMP for investigation as required by the RCMP Act. It can also review the RCMP's handling of a complaint if the complainant is not satisfied. The CPC may conduct investigations, hold public hearings, initiate complaints and make findings and recommendations to the Commissioner of the RCMP and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The CPC is a small department with a core of 44 full-time equivalents that receives its funding from Treasury Board through an appropriation from Parliament. Funding is drawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and its expenditures are reported in the Public Accounts.

The planning environment has evolved substantially for the CPC and indeed for the government as a whole since our 2005­2006 Report on Plans and Priorities. As reported therein, the CPC was undergoing a significant period of change. That change has now been intensified with the appointments of a new Chair and Vice-Chair, an almost completely new management committee and the implementation of an organizational redesign to provide for more streamlined and flexible program delivery.

We are dealing with the aftermath of a staffing audit and classification monitoring review, each of which posed significant challenges for the CPC, especially with respect to its labour-management environment. Central agencies and staff alike have positively acknowledged measures taken to deal with these issues.

The completion of a high-level corporate security Threat and Risk Assessment and an information management capacity assessment puts the CPC in a favourable position to focus the management of information and technology on strategic support of the business.

We must also adapt to changes in the external environment including an apparent heightened awareness of civilian oversight of public safety matters. The CPC envisions itself as a "Guarantor of Trust." As such, we support the government by increasing the trust Canadians have in their national police force by making the RCMP's good works and improvements known through public accountability. The policy recommendations stemming from the O'Connor Inquiry will provide greater direction as to where our roles and responsibilities might evolve in that regard. These changes create an environment of uncertainty and, at the same time, incite an anticipation at the CPC of new and greater responsibilities. We must be ready to take these on.

Some of the challenges we face in the coming planning period include the ever-present financial and human resource limitations, the increasing review file inventories, the establishment of baseline service standards and measurement of client satisfaction, compliance with central agency reporting requirements and above all else, building sufficient capacity to take on new responsibilities and the ability to react quickly once the need to exercise a broader mandate has been identified.

The priorities identified in this year's RPP are designed to place the CPC in a position to take on new challenges, to be able to more efficiently deliver on our core program activities and to evolve and broaden our scope as and when required.

CPC Priorities

Priority Description and Contribution to Strategic Outcome Planned Activities Performance Indicators
Focus on streamlining operations and, by identifying and taking advantage of efficiencies, ensuring a diverse inventory of core competencies to allow for evolution of roles and responsibilities.

Complete mapping of core business processes.

Improved client service and satisfaction.

Identify opportunities to conduct business differently and develop an action plan for change.

Less administrative overhead.

Complete procedure manuals on core business processes.

Administrative services in support of the business.

Identify high-level core competencies required in support of core business processes. Recruitment in support of the business.

Manage our role in and support development of any new legislation stemming from the O'Connor reports.

Review Justice O'Connor's policy recommendations and develop a strategy.

Create business case and TB submission for new mandate.

Better-situated organization to meet its statutory mandate.

Manage excess file inventory.

Complete Project 200.

Meet project objectives

Improve business planning cycle and strategic plan development.

Conduct a strategic planning exercise with new management team.

A Strategic Plan in place, providing for a more focused and long-term direction for the CPC.

Continued timely reporting to Parliament and Central Agencies.

Finalize and fully implement the business planning template recognizing new strategic direction. A process that allows for full integration of HR, IM/IT and Business Planning.

Establish a plan for measuring client satisfaction and attitudes towards civilian oversight in order to better respond to clients' needs and give the Canadian public and stakeholders an opportunity to influence policy and programs.

Prepare and plan a strategy for measuring client satisfaction.


Ability to assess the attitude of Canadians and complainants on the effectiveness of services offered by the CPC.

Ability to measure Canadians support for the civilian oversight of RCMP conduct.

Promote awareness of the CPC and its mandate in order to provide the broadest scope of service.

Develop a high-level, positive profile in the community.

Develop an outreach strategy and implementation plan (executive, operational).

Increased awareness of the CPC amongst Canadians and other stakeholders.

A better understanding of the CPC's mandate amongst Canadians and stakeholders.

Continued public support for the CPC's role of providing civilian oversight of members of the RCMP.

Recognition as a leader in civilian oversight of police conduct.

Improved IM/IT management

Comply with TB standards concerning the Management of Information Technology Security (MITS) using a planned approach.

Implement MITS/TRA recommendations.

Compliance with government-wide standards so IT assets are secured as part of a proper risk management framework.

Improve delivery of IT services in cooperation with PSEPC.


Develop and sign an MOA with our IT service provider.


Improved ability to respond to the CPC's IT needs using a planned and systemic approach.

Continue the development of e-Workspace to fulfill obligations under our TB submission and expand usage beyond the original commitments.

Facilitate the stabilization plan and acquire required HW/SW resources.

Clarify and implement all business requirements.

Develop and implement
e-Workspace concept.

Stabilization of CMASS environment.

Increased dependency and usage of CMS for Kingsclear.

Increased usage of CMS by CPC employees at large.

Identify enhancements to existing IM/IT products or request development of new products and services to facilitate program delivery. Implement an annual
call-letter process to identify and prioritize additional projects/ activities to be carried out by the CPC.
Development of a planned approach so the work of the CPC may be carried out effectively.
Improved Human Resources management and integration with Business Planning

Create an environment where Human Resources and Business Planning go hand in hand.

Create a workplace of choice and meet and champion PSMA requirements.

Capture core "as is" knowledge and skills. Identify present and future gaps and develop desired state for a phased approach to the enhancements. Implement new organizational design.

Complementary personal career development plans for all employees.

Departmental knowledge of in-house competencies and expertise.

Enhance labour-management relations by monitoring application of staffing and PSEA policies, championing ICR and ensuring managers are trained in PSEA activities, staffing, etc.


Contingency plans for required non-resident expertise.

Workplace-of-choice environment.

Kingsclear Investigation Determine facts and make appropriate recommendations if necessary through investigation into the RCMP investigation of allegations of sexual abuses at the Kingsclear training school in New Brunswick and related RCMP investigation into the conduct of one of its members.

Interview witnesses.


Research primary and raw data.

Prepare preliminary input to final report.

Progress according to approved plan.

Provision of progress reports regularly.

Development and delivery of products according to milestones.