Montreal police chief Marc Parent confirmed the cuts in an interview with Radio-Canada. Parent says between 40 and 50 jobs will be cut each year, over the next five years.
Parent says the positions will be eliminated by attrition, by not replacing police officers who retire.
The job cuts are expected to save the city up to $25 million dollars, or $100,000 for every position that is eliminated.
"This is not something new for us," said Parent. "The city is scaling back. The police are also part of the city's services and over the next five years, we also have to review how we can better use our resources and adapt to a new fiscal reality, because the capacity of citizens to pay has really hit its limit."
Yves Francoeur, president of Montreal's Police Brotherhood, denounced the cuts in the union's newsletter. Despite the fact that the city's crime rate is dropping, Francoeur said police lack resources to address evolving issues, such as terrorism and online crime.
The announcement of the cuts comes as the police union and the City of Montreal are set to begin negotiations on a new collective agreement next week.
The city is demanding the police union pay back $18.5 million in fines and traffic tickets, which the Coderre administration claims went uncollected by police, as a pressure tactic against the province's pension reform.