The provincial government pays for police services by the RCMP in some communities. As such, the province has some say in high-level policing priorities that do not conflict with federal rules. Day-to-day operations and how the RCMP conducts its work are however, up to the RCMP.
These operational decisions include staffing levels, recruitment, and retention of employees.
The funding arrangement comes with an agreement that is structured to allow the federal government to have most of the say in how the RCMP operates. The agreement states that the RCMP is a federal entity and matters related to the control, management, and administration of the RCMP are within exclusive federal jurisdiction.