Guns and gangs
Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy
Ontario is committed to reducing gun violence and the dismantling of gangs by increasing local prevention, enforcement and prosecution efforts across the province. As part of our strategy, we are providing additional tools and resources to support our police services and justice partners. Some examples include:
- a new provincial gun and gang support unit that will support gun and gang investigations and prosecutions, and will improve province-wide coordination
- a dedicated Gun and Gang Specialized Investigations Fund to support major investigations involving multiple police services to target organized crime areas that fuel gang operations such as drug, gun and human trafficking
- increased corrections intelligence and security with enhanced training to correctional staff on the identification of security threats, improved intelligence reporting and court preparation, as well as specific challenges such as contraband smuggling
Ontario is also investing in prevention programs that provide meaningful alternatives for communities and youth at high-risk of involvement in gangs, gun violence and victimization, to help break the cycle of offending. These programs will help to identify root causes and risk factors of violence, prevent criminal activity, as well as support at-risk youth and young adults with alternatives to entering gangs or exit strategies to those already involved in gang activity.