Montreal police are now admitting some officers are given quotas to fill for traffic tickets.
The force and the City of Montreal have said in the past that they do not ask officers to issue a minimum number of tickets.
But since the city's new police chief, Marc Parent, was sworn in in September, police said Thursday that they want to bring in a new era of transparency.
Police said officers in the city's special traffic squad are given traffic ticket quotas.
Chief Insp. Stéphane Lemieux, the head of traffic safety for Montreal police, said police never admitted to it in the past because it would have created negative publicity.
"People will always think they're getting fined to put money in the city's coffers and not to save lives," said Lemieux.
Lemieux still denies the motive behind the quota is money and maintains it's a matter of public safety.
He said since the force brought in the special traffic squad in 2005, there have been 30 to 35 deaths on the roads each year, down from about 55 a year.
But it's also a source of funds, with ticket revenue increasing from $40 million in 2004 to more than $100 million in recent years, according to the police officers' union.
It has to stop: union
The brotherhood is applauding the force's decision to admit it has quotas, but the union also says it's time to stop the practice.
Yves Francoeur, the head of the police brotherhood, said Thursday that quotas sometimes mean officers will ignore other, potentially more important police work.
"They have to end the quotas, because when officers are free, they also have to give services to citizens instead of bringing tickets to bring more money to city hall," said Francoeur.
He said quotas put pressure on his members and interfere with police work such as meetings with merchants and patrolling.
Meanwhile, the City of Montreal still insists on referring to them as "objectives," not quotas.
Claude Trudel, the executive commitee member responsible for public security, said if an officer isn't meeting his objectives he's not doing his job.