Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Ministry Information

Ministry information

Our responsibilities

The Ministry of the Solicitor General is committed to ensuring that Ontario's communities are supported and protected by law enforcement and public safety systems that are safe, secure, effective, efficient and accountable.

The ministry's responsibilities fall into the following categories:

Correctional services

  • establishes, maintains, operates and monitors Ontario's adult correctional institutions and probation and parole offices
  • has jurisdiction over adult offenders under parole supervision, as granted by the Ontario Parole Board
  • provides programs and facilities designed to assist in offender rehabilitation

Public safety and security

  • maintains the physical and economic security of Ontario, by coordinating public safety initiatives among municipal, fire and emergency services organizations within and outside of Ontario
  • delivers grant programs and fosters partnerships to minimize or eliminate hazards to persons or property through public education initiatives, emergency measures, scientific investigations, coordination of fire safety services and the coroner's system

Policing services

  • oversees policing services throughout Ontario, including the Ontario Provincial Police
  • licenses, regulates and investigates the activities of private investigation and security agencies/individuals in Ontario

Animal Welfare

  • establishes and operates Ontario’s animal welfare enforcement system
  • works with local police, veterinarians, livestock stakeholders and local humane societies, as appropriate, to ensure animals remain protected

Anti-Racism Directorate

  • leads Ontario’s anti-racism initiatives to build a more inclusive society, and works to identify, address and prevent systemic racism in government policy, legislation, programs and services