Des Political leaders, police, border agents and members of the auto industry will meet on February 8 to try to find ways to slow the rise in car thefts in the country. (Archive photo)
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One week before the national auto theft summit, Justin Trudeau's government announces $121 million in funding to combat gun violence, gangs and auto theft in Ontario.
The federal Minister of Public Safety, Dominic LeBlanc, points out that vehicle thefts are on the rise in the Greater Toronto Area.< /p>
About 9,600 vehicles were stolen in the Toronto area in 2022, a 300 per cent increase since 2015, Ottawa says, citing statistics from the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association.
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Vehicle thefts are on the rise in the Greater Toronto Area, said Federal Minister of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc.
The Trudeau government is hosting a national summit on auto theft on February 8 in Ottawa.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford welcomes the federal grant, saying many Ontarians live in fear currently.
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I know people who sleep with a baseball bat next to their bed, because that they are afraid that a criminal will break down their door and demand their car key.
A quote from Doug Ford, Prime Minister of Canada ;Ontario
The funding, offered over five years, is to be used for various initiatives against gun violence and theft cars, including the provincial task force established in partnership with several police forces.
Help of Ottawa comes from a fund announced in the 2022 budget to help police services across the country.