July 24, 2020
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) supports Black liberation groups and their call for the defunding of police services. Specific demands for change will look different from city to city, depending on the needs of the community. There is, however, an understanding that fundamental and disruptive change is required: defund the police. The OFL and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Canada (CBTU) are calling to end the police killings of Black and Indigenous people; to reimagine alternatives to police services, decriminalization, disarmament, and demilitarization; to redistribute overfunded police budgets towards public services in the communities; and to explore community-driven, community-led solutions to community safety and well-being.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and OFL have created a number of resources that you can use to better understand the call to defund the police.
- Read the OFL statement on defunding the police and redirecting funds to community services.
- Find anti-racism resources.
- Read the FAQ.
- Find ways to get involved.
- Download a one-page information sheet.