G8/G20 security bill to hit $833 million

CTV News has learned that Ottawa
expects to spend $833 million on security for next month’s G8 and G20

[montreal.ctv.ca] In March, the federal government had allocated $179 million for its
security budget. But under new estimates that will be introduced in the
House of Commons later Tuesday, these costs should increase by $654
million to a total of $833 million, officials tell CTV.

The new costs are included in the Supplementary Estimates (A),
2010-11 — the first of several documents used to inform Parliament about
spending requirements that are not included in the Main Estimates of
the annual budget.

According to a copy of the Supplementary Estimates (A), 2010-11, that
has been posted to the Treasury Board of Canada website, the additional
$654 million will be split among the following departments:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police — $321.5 million
  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness — $262.6 million
  • National Defence — $63.1 million
  • Others – $6.7 million

The document says the additional funding will be used to:

  • design, plan, coordinate and implement security operations for the
  • provide the RCMP and its security
    partners with accommodation facilities for the G8 and G20 Summits
  • procure information technology and portable communication assets
  • work with federal, provincial and municipal security partners
    responsible for providing Summit security
  • ensure the safekeeping of all International Protected Persons
    attending the summits

The G8 will be held in Huntsville, Ont., from June 25-26.

The G20 will take place in Toronto, from June 26-27.