Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and good morning, honourable members.
I'm very pleased and honoured to have the opportunity to appear before this committee. I had the privilege of coming before you in a previous capacity, when I was the minister for border security and organized crime. Today is my first appearance, as the chair mentioned, in my new capacity as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
I'm here today principally to present our supplementary estimates (B) for the Public Safety portfolio. To help explain these numbers, I have the tremendous benefit of being joined by some outstanding public servants. I am joined by ADM Monik Beauregard, representing the Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada this morning; Commissioner Brenda Lucki, the commissioner of the RCMP; John Ossowski, president of the CBSA; Michelle Tessier, who is here representing CSIS director David Vigneault; Anne Kelly, our commissioner of Correctional Services Canada; and last but not least, Jennifer Oades, president of the Parole Board.
Mr. Chair, I am very proud to have been entrusted with the responsibility for this portfolio by the Prime Minister. I feel sometimes as though I've spent my life getting ready for this job. I'm proud of the professionalism and dedication of all the officials, and all of the members they lead, who work so hard to protect the safety and security of Canadians each and every day.
The threats that Canada faces are numerous, complex and always evolving. As a government, we are committed to ensuring that those who work in the Public Safety portfolio have the resources they need to respond swiftly and effectively. These supplementary estimates that we present to you today reflect that commitment. They also reflect a steadfast commitment to keeping Canadians safe while safeguarding their rights and freedoms. The portfolio as a whole is requesting adjustments for this fiscal year resulting in a net increase in authorities of $75.6 million. In my opening remarks today, I will provide a broad overview and highlight some of the key items for the portfolio organizations, starting, if I may, with Public Safety Canada.
The department is estimating a decrease of $48.9 million, or 5.1%, from the authorities that are available to date. The biggest contributing factor is a transfer of $52.9 million from the Public Safety portfolio to the RCMP for the first nations community policing service. These funds are intended to pay for the policing services that are provided by the RCMP in accordance with agreements with Public Safety, the provinces and territories, and first nations. This decrease is offset to some extent by some additional funding for the department.
For example, in these estimates, Public Safety is seeking an additional $3.5 million in funding following one-time federal payments to the City of Toronto and the City of Burnaby, B.C. More specifically, $1.5 million was provided to the City of Toronto this past August. As you may recall, the city was experiencing a very significant surge in gun violence and street gang activity. As a result, one-time funding was provided for immediate support to the Toronto Police Service to combat gun and gang violence and to keep our communities safe. The federal contribution, by the way, was matched by the municipality and by the province, because all three orders of government recognized the urgency and immediacy of the need for help. In September, $2 million was provided to the City of Burnaby to bolster the city's public safety and emergency preparedness capacity. This was specifically in response to the unique situation of being located at the terminus of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The department also anticipates receiving transfers from other federal organizations, including just over $750,000 from DND for the Anishinabek Police Service to police the former Camp Ipperwash; $300,000 from Canadian Heritage for Canada's anti-racism strategy; and nearly $231,000 from Transport Canada for investments in important search and rescue coordination efforts across the country.
If I may, I'd like to turn to the supplementary estimates of other portfolio organizations. I'll start with the RCMP, which is seeking an increase of $106.5 million, or 2.7%, over authorities to date. Some of the more notable items include a request for additional funding of $27.5 million to help maintain the RCMP's force generation capacity at Depot to maintain 40 troops, and $24.7 million for the contract policing program to address changes to its costs and revenue collection. The RCMP is also anticipating a net increase of nearly $50 million in these estimates from other federal organizations. For example, the transfer related to the first nations community policing service, which I mentioned earlier, accounts for the vast majority of this net increase.
Other notable transfers include almost $789,000 from Public Safety to help the RCMP build law enforcement training capacity to combat the scourge of drug-impaired driving; $400,000 from Transport Canada for policing of the Confederation Bridge in the Northumberland Strait; and $2.2 million from the RCMP to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to support the expansion of biometric screening in our immigration system.
If I may now turn to the CBSA, the agency's supplementary estimates reflect an increase of $3.4 million, or one-tenth of a percentage point over the authorities to date. Of that amount, the CBSA is seeking $500,000 to support the new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2019-21. This plan builds on the 2018-20 levels plan and features an increase of 800 protected persons to the 2019 target. As you may recall, Mr. Chair, the Government of Canada committed to welcoming 330,800 immigrants in calendar year 2019. This included 800 vulnerable women and girls from global conflict zones.
The CBSA also requested $500,000 to fulfill its obligations under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act. These funds will support the enforcement of sanctions-related inadmissibility provisions, including operational intelligence and inland enforcement activities.
The CBSA's estimates also reflect a number of transfers to and from other federal organizations, including $2.1 million from IRCC to share the costs of the air carrier support centres, which assist commercial air carriers in determining whether passengers possess the documentation required to travel to Canada; $1.7 million from the RCMP to administer the import requirements under the Firearms Act; $900,000 to Transport Canada to establish the passenger protect program operations centre, which will support the program's centralized screening and the resolution of airline calls from any potential matches; and finally, $800,000 to Global Affairs Canada to help support departmental staff who are located at Canadian missions abroad.
Moving on to the Parole Board of Canada, it's seeking an increase of $1.7 million, or 3.4%, in these estimates. That increase can largely be explained by a request for $1.3 million in additional funding to implement measures related to expedited pardons for simple possession of cannabis. When an application is submitted as complete, the average processing time for a cannabis pardon application is seven days.
Finally, Mr. Chair, estimates for CSIS and the RCMP external review committee are also included in your documents today.
These are just a few of the items in this year’s supplementary estimates (B) for the organizations in my portfolio, Mr. Chair. As you can see, it’s a vast portfolio and it spans all aspects of keeping Canadians safe—from national, cyber and border security to policing and combatting crime and to emergency preparedness and beyond.
I'd like to take the opportunity to express my utmost confidence in the skills and abilities of all employees and members of each of these organizations that make up the portfolio, and in their leadership. I will always do everything I can to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.
With that, let me once again say how pleased I am to have had the opportunity and privilege of making my first appearance before this newly constituted committee. I look forward to the opportunity to work with all of you over the course of this parliamentary session.
Thank you, Mr. Chair. We are now happy to answer the questions of the committee members.