Montreal: more than 50,700 tickets issued to homeless people from 2012 to 2019

More than 50,700 statements of offense were given in Montreal between 2012 and 2019 to people experiencing homelessness.

These findings were analyzed by five researchers, in collaboration with community organizations.

Thus, we learn that homeless Indigenous people are more targeted by the police officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), according to a report posted online by the Network for assistance to single and itinerant people of Montreal (RAPSIM).

The compilation of the offense reports testifies to a “worsening of the situation with regard to the social profiling carried out by the SPVM”, one can read in the report. In fact, five times as many tickets have been issued to homeless Aboriginal people in recent years. There were 135 in 2012 and 547 in 2018.

Slightly less than two-thirds (65%) of the 50,700 tickets were distributed by SPVM agents and one-third (35%) by agents of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) during the same period of time.

The STM would like to read the report before making any comments. TVA Nouvelles was not able to contact the SPVM.

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