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CCTV Community Notification of Installation


Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed along portions of the Yonge Street corridor in North York.


The CCTV cameras are now in operation. The installation of the CCTV cameras was based on the Toronto Police Service, 32 Division Analysis of Crime and Disorder, a Town Hall meeting, and a comprehensive consultation from the community. The locations of the CCTV can be viewed at Appendix B.


The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) portion of the original Community Consultation package has been reproduced to re-inform you of the purpose, use, and retention of the video. The FAQ’s can be read at Appendix C.


If you have any further questions in addition to the enclosed FAQ’s, please contact:


Staff Sergeant Sean COSGROVE #8612

32 Division

Community Safety Unit


30 Ellerslie Avenue

North York ON

M2N 1X8


Phone: 416-808-3232


Appendix A – Sample of the posted signage



Appendix B – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


1. Purpose of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

The following guide is intended to provide relevant community members and groups with information relating to the implementation of Toronto Police Service owned and managed CCTV systems. The information contained within the this document is intended to communicate the necessary information to the general public as to the location of the cameras, why they are being used, when they are being used and how this impacts your community.


2. Why the Toronto Police Service is looking to install CCTV cameras:

The Toronto Police Service is continually looking for better ways to ensure safer communities. Our officers cannot be everywhere all at once, so as an organization we are looking towards the assistance of technology in the communities that we serve. Technology such as CCTV is one such tool that will aid our officers with discouraging unwanted criminal activity as well as assist in identifying those who commit crimes. For this reason, we are looking to leverage CCTV to assist the community and police.


3. What this means to your Community:


The Toronto Police Service has identified your area as a possible location for the installation of CCTV cameras. The CCTV will be installed to help discourage people from committing crimes, and may help to identify people who commit crimes. Before any installation occurs the Toronto Police Service wants to ensure full transparency about what this means when an area has been identified as a location for a CCTV camera. Our goal is to answer any questions that may be brought forward by members of the community.


The Toronto Police Service will keep control, and be responsible for the CCTV installations in the identified area. We recognize that CCTV must balance the needs of safety and the communities’ reasonable expectation of privacy and will ensure complete transparency with regards to the installations in your area.


4. What laws will Toronto Police Service follow in using the CCTV system?


The Toronto Police Service adheres to the applicable privacy sections of the Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), and will use the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s guidelines in its practices related to the collection, use, sharing, storage and disposal of any information received from CCTV systems.


5. How does the Toronto Police Service decide where CCTV will be installed?

When considering a location there are several factors that must be considered before we move forward. The following factors contribute to whether an installation of a CCTV will benefit a partifular community:


(a) The Toronto Police Division responsible for policing your community has identified safety concerns;

(b) Detailed statistical analysis has been compiled to validate the installation of a CCTV system;

(c) Authorization to install a CCTV must be given by a Command Officer for any CCTV installation; and

(d) Consultation with any relevant community member who may be affected.


6. Where will Toronto Police Service place the CCTV Systems and Equipment?

Toronto Police Service will only install CCTV cameras in public areas. They will not place CCTV cameras anywhere that the public should reasonably expect privacy. For example, Toronto Police Service will not place cameras inside any public or private facilities.


Any information recorded by the Toronto Police Service CCTV will be kept for a period of 72 hours, before being recorded over. Video will only be kept longer than the retention period as part of a criminal investigation.


The Toronto Police Service will place signs below any camera installation.


7. Does the Toronto Police Actively Monitor CCTV Cameras?

The Toronto Police Service does not actively monitor any cameras installed in public spaces. The only time video may be actively monitored is when the Toronto Police Service receives information through 911 or other sources indicating there is crime, or an incident that requires officers, ongoing. Once the crime or incident is resolved, monitoring is shut down.


8. Who can ask to see what is recorded by CCTV?

Any person who has been recorded by a CCTV system has a right to see what the record shows if it is still stored by the Toronto Police Service “as long as it’s been requested within 72 hours”. This right is guaranteed by the Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).


Appendix C – CCTV Locations

Yonge Street and Bishop Avenue (CCTV 1), and Yonge Street and Finch Avenue (CCTV 2)



Yonge Street and North York Blvd. (CCTV 3)


Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue (CCTV 4) and Yonge Street and Avondale Avenue (CCTV 5)


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