Ontario launches new Tobacco Enforcement Grants Pilot Program
Ontario’s Ministry of Finance has launched the Tobacco Enforcement Grants Pilot Program. The program helps fund tobacco investigations by local law enforcement agencies, as well as First Nations police services and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) locations.
According to the government, illegal tobacco threatens your community by:
- Undermining public safety through supporting organized crime
- Taking millions of tax dollars away from public services, like education and health care
- Creating a fire hazard—because some illegal cigarettes lack self-extinguishing features
- Hurting local businesses that follow the law
The new tobacco enforcement grants program will also help raise public awareness of the impact of illegal tobacco. Successful recipients will receive up to $7,000 to conduct a time-limited tobacco investigation within their jurisdiction in the 2018/19 to 2019/20 period.
More information in the application guidelines here: Illegal Tobacco Fact Sheet for Enforcement Officers.
Application forms are also available by contacting the Ministry of Finance at TEGP@ontario.ca or by calling 905- 433-6100.