Is Toronto Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Toronto, Canada
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 69 / 100 based on 37 user reviews.

Even though it is not the capital city of Canada, it is its most famous and most populous city, for sure.

Toronto, the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario, is located on Lake Ontario.

Besides being a great place for immigrants to come and live here, Toronto is a center for music, theater, film, and television production.

The headquarters of the main Canadian television networks such as CBC, CTV, City, Global, The Sports Network and Sportsnet are located in Toronto.

Business, arts, and culture are some of the attractions in Toronto.

The Royal Ontario Museum, The Toronto Zoo, The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art are only some of the features that attract tourists from all over the world who seek education and knowledge.

Warnings & Dangers in Toronto

Overall Risk


Toronto is the least dangerous city in North America and among the top safest cities in the world. However, like any other big city, some crime problems exist and some areas should be avoided by tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Driving in Canada is relatively safe, although tourists are advised to use public transportation and taxis when touring the city. There are no reported risks in terms of transport and taxis in Toronto.

Pickpockets Risk


Toronto is relatively safe in terms of pickpocketing. However, some records of pickpocketing were made in restaurants and cafés, so tourists need to be careful to minimize the probability of theft.

Natural Disasters Risk


Natural disasters are not strange to Canadians, as one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Possible disasters are tornadoes, snowstorms, and floods, depending on the region, but the risk level in Toronto is low.

Mugging Risk


As most of the major cities in Canada, Toronto is considered a safe city when mugging and kidnapping risks are concerned. Nevertheless, awareness of your surroundings is necessary.

Terrorism Risk


An act of terrorism could occur in Canada since it can never be predicted. This means that tourists need to be constantly vigilant.

Scams Risk


Unlike other Canadian cities, where scam risks are unlikely and not reported, Toronto has certain reported risk, especially via the Internet, when tourists buy tickets online. Pay attention to the website where you enter your credit card information, because some of them might not be secure.

Women Travelers Risk


The general crime rate in Toronto is very low and the city has a reputation as one of the safest major cities in North America so it is very welcoming for women travelers. Since women travel for countless reasons, often alone, when it comes to security women face greater obstacles, so they should not be on the street after dark, especially around Parliament and Jarvis Streets.

So... How Safe Is Toronto Really?

Taking into consideration the fact that Toronto is a cosmopolitan and populous city, it is expected that the crime rate is at a high level.

However, the great thing about it is that people are walking around, both during the day and night, which makes Toronto quite safe.

One of the longest streets in the city, and at the same time risky one, in terms that it can take you to unsafe parts of the city at night is Yonge Street.

On the other hand, there is Yorkville where there are luxurious shops, restaurants, and the city’s best attractions.

Thus, this is considered the safest part of the city.

The Entertainment District, as its name says, is full of nightclubs and restaurants and this area can be risky after midnight because of the drunk people that are coming out of the bars.

Canada’s tourism infrastructure is fantastic and the police are reliable, so tourists can feel relaxed once in Toronto.

So if you want to see plenty of beauty, do not worry about safety.

Just take your camera and prepare for real visual pleasure.

How Does Toronto Compare?

CitySafety Index
Niagara Falls87
Quebec City85
Melbourne (Australia)80
Sydney (Australia)80
Vienna (Austria)88
Manama (Bahrain)54
Brussels (Belgium)60
Belize City (Belize)37

Useful Information



Since there is a difference among the citizens of certain countries and their necessity for a visa when entering Canada, the best way is to visit sites and get informed about your own country. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required and costs CAD 7.



The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada. The best way of paying is by using a credit card. If you decide to exchange money, banks and exchange offices are the safest solution. Most stores would change your money, but they will choose the exchange rate which could not be suitable.



The city of Toronto has a humid continental climate which includes warm summers and cold winters. Winter months can be very cold, with an average temperature below 0 °C, and sometimes it can fall to −25 °C. During the summer, warm temperatures are usually between 20 and 30 °C. However, the weather cannot be predicted since it changes from day to day in all seasons.



Toronto Pearson International Airport, officially named Lester B. Pearson International Airport, is the busiest Canadian airport that is used not only by the travelers that come to Toronto but also to all other major cities in Canada. It is 22.5 km away from the city center. Some other smaller airports of Toronto are Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport, and Toronto/Downsview Airport.

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Toronto Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -4° C
Feb -4° C
Mar 2° C
Apr 8° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 19° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 0° C
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Canada - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Niagara Falls87
Quebec City85
Red Deer32
Thunder Bay65

Where to Next?

37 Reviews on Toronto

  1. M
    Mariano says:

    Toronto the safe?

    Toronto Is not safer than when I migrated to this country. The news of gun violence increase every day, I remember in the few years after I came to Canada I could hear of the occasional shooting but nothing like what we’re seeing now. Ok I also have to factor that when I came I was also comparing my native country to this one and that my main focus was not necessarily the news of the day because I had to worry about providing food and shelter to my family and that is why I don’t say when I came, but after three years of living here one can definitely asses what the situation was before and more than 10 years after. In short and as like politicians like to say, Toronto is still a safe city but compared to what? That’s the problem I don’t like to compare or your lowering your bar conveniently. The current ford government is not helping either. Public safety starts with comprehensive programs for youth and families in need.

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      Living in Etobicoke says:

      I have lived in Toronto my entire life and never seen a gun or heard a gunshot.

    2. D
      Dilawar says:

      Lived in Toronto for 4 years from 2010 to 2014 during my undergraduate. Personally didn’t like it because I don’t like concrete jungles and unnatural environments but hey those are just my preferences. Came back to live there for the last 4 months of 2019 and the stuff I saw and experienced took a toll on my mental health. Saw so much street crime and encountered the scum of the earth in this city. Towards the end of my stay I actually felt that one day I would leave my apartment and not come back alive. I think my fear is somewhat justified due to recent events such as targeted killing on rapper Houdini in broad daylight in Toronto during which innocent bystanders were also hurt. On top of that to make things worse, there was a full on gang war at his vigil. I mean I come from Supposedly one of the most dangerous, overcrowded and worst cities in the world, Karachi, there is a lot of street crime there but people only rob, murder and do other horrible things and get hurt if they are seriously involved in that world. On the other hand I feel that in Toronto there could scums and psychos anywhere who would kill you over a petty matter, accidentally or due to collateral damage in these stupid situations. I would think that as a city etc Toronto beats Karachi in terms of development infrastructure etc but in terms of safety Toronto is probably just as bad as Karachi and that police/law enforcement should do more and be harsh on criminals of these horrible crimes to set an example for anyone thinking of causing trouble in the city. But hey that’s just my opinion. Sorry if I offended anyone who hold Toronto close to their heart.

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        Anonymous says:

        did u really just compare toronto to karachi and say it was similar in terms of safety? lol


    3. Where do you live that you hear “occasional” shootings. I have been in Toronto over 50 years and have never heard one my entire life. There are bad areas in every city, possibly you just happen to live in one.

    4. E
      Ernest Hart says:

      Harassment conspiracy

      I’ve been in Toronto for three years. I came in during Covid. Been stuck here ever since. Kidnapped by Shaunna Kelly and Trista Prince. Whom are the dictators. This is the stuff you won’t see or here. But evil ways are dressed in a business suit and a half organized mom. Theives for the most part. Enablers of sorrow. Difficult with all companies which are directly influenced by these two women. Don’t come here. Stay away. Even the police didn’t do shit for me. Now Shaunna wants a lawyer. For what she stole everything from me. In process of reclaiming my life. Good luck and best wishes.

  2. C
    Chris Green says:

    Love it!

    I was born in Toronto and lived there for nearly 15 years of my life. I moved to the US with my father after my mother passed away and we still go back once a year to visit. It is just as good as it was, if not better from when I grew up there. A lively city full of diverse love.

  3. A
    Aaron K. says:

    Go there!

    Toronto is one of those places that shocks you to be as safe as it is. It is a major city so there will always be crime but in comparison to a place like New York City, you can consider this place safer than your grandma’s backyard. LOL! But seriously, if you are thinking of going, go. It is great!

  4. J
    John hoppkins says:

    Toronto is a beautiful place. Have you ever seen WolfieRaps? in youtube? ask him and you’ll know.

  5. W
    William says:

    Love this city

    I’m 52, born and raised in Toronto, live right downtown and I too have never heard a gun shot. I’ve never felt unsafe walking home at anytime, never. People are friendly, beautiful waterfront, great restaurants and attractions. I love Toronto (as will you), I think its one of the most underrated cities in the world.

  6. R
    Robert S says:

    Was a good and safe city once...

    I’m 50 and was born in Toronto. The city that I grew up in sadly no longer exists. As one of the previous reviews stated, Toronto has become as bad as Karachi (maybe even worse) in many, many areas of the city. Shootings, stabbings, muggings, and crime in general occur constantly, and are not even widely reported anymore. Crime in Toronto has skyrocketed as the demographics of the city continue to change. There are many large areas in the city that can now be considered slums, filled with marginalized people who have no income other than social assistance, and live in poorly maintained government housing. As the government continues to settle the majority of new Canadian immigrants into Toronto, the existing population is continuing to leave the city in droves. Foreign buyers have caused real estate values to reach levels that only the wealthy can afford, which only quickens the exit of working class people from the city. I feel very sad reflecting upon what Toronto has become today. It is quickly becoming the “Detroit” of Canada…

    1. 200% accurate. you took the words from my mouth. And I am ONE OF THOSE planning to leave as soon as I can . I never thought I would move to the suburbs but this communist government has forced me to do so. I only wish Trudeau and Tory and Ford lived and worked on the streets of Toronto to experience the every day problems. Tourism will suffer. I am embarrassed at my city right now. I have to step over homeless on every corner. Tory needs to be fired.

      1. Go farther

        The intentional(planned by those who run Canukistan) troubles coming… you want to get as far away from the replacements as possible; It might well come down to your survival!

    2. Robert, have not been to Toronto in years and am looking forward to visiting, when possible, for the first time in years. I know nothing is the way it was but my perspective is interesting. I live across The Lake and can tell you that the crime rate in Rochester (population 200,000) is worse than in your large city. Toronto’s population is comparable to Chicago, which tells me a lot.

    3. M
      Melissa says:

      Not surprising.

      As expected from a 50 year old man living in Toronto for majority of his life lmao

  7. Sucks

    If you come to live here, enjoy worrying about your loved ones everytime they leave the house.

  8. no self respect for Toronto

    Homeless scattered on sidewalks, sleeping right downtown on the streets, sidewalks in parks..gangs shooting downtown and idiots missing and hitting innocent people. Hired kills offered to street gangs to do the dirty job of mafia….condos mushrooming and only rich foreign asians can afford thanks to mommy and daddy’s financing, no sense of community, every culture sticks to their own, also no white people left and we’re being called racist as soon as we open our mouths…apparently we have ‘white privilege’. Please sign me up. where is that white privilege that you speak of, i would love to have some. Meanwhile some black folks I know have houses. I still can’t afford one. Not in Toronto. It’s full of garbage also. Smells bad often. No greenery. No parks. Very dirty. Im one of those that is soon moving to the suburbs as well…..Good Luck Toronto. Tory Should be Fired.

    1. No need to announce your exit. Good riddance to getting rid of self pitying trash.

      1. She is exaggerating but overall correct.

    2. Y
      Your Dad says:

      “only rich foreign asians can afford” because “only douche landowning whites” kept exploiting the market and selling their worthless lands or randown housing for ever more profit in exchange for that easy money.

  9. P
    Patrick Crowe says:

    Toronto is a very very very safe and well managed city.

    The paranoid agoraphobes who think Toronto is more dangerous than Karachi are hilarious trolls planted by some competitive city. Anyone reading should ignore these comments altogether. They are not legitimate or are written by people with more irrational fears than sense. I have lived in downtown Toronto, in lively Kensington Market for thirty years. I go out at all times of day and late at night and nothing ever happens except the occasional person asking you politely for money. I had a dinner party recently and as some of the single women left at 2 am, I suggested walking them to the streetcar stop and they all without fail laughed at the absurdity of such an unnecessary gesture. It’s perfectly safe.

    1. Yup, the only real issue are a few drunkards and WEIRD WEATHER CYCLES, but the rest is all good

  10. A
    Anonymous says:

    UGH people in the city are drunk an there is a lot of fires ive seen. as an american i dont feel safe in toronto. but better visit montreal.

  11. Worst city in Canada.

    I wasn’t sure about this sites safety index… So I looked up Toronto, an area I know somewhat well… Clearly I can’t trust the results here..

    The last of my family moved out of Toronto AREA* about 3 years ago.
    Multiculturalism doing it’s thing (destruction).

    I wouldn’t spend 6months in Toronto if you offered me $150k.

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      Anonymous says:

      It is NOT the worst city in canada and it is not very unsafe but the roads can be unsafe

    2. Please explain how multiculturalism is bad, please do.

      1. Just go sit in any Toronto hospital and watch the pure Sh&t show of people just trying to get an X-ray done. People standing in line while every 3rd person has to request a translator… while you wait for the translator you can alway watch the side show of people trying to fill in forms who can’t speak English or French but that’s ok because they have brought 5 family members with them to fill up the ER while waiting for gramma’s ankle X-ray. The last public Health audit for Toronto found that lack of a common language cost Ont tax payers over 150 million per year and then that does not cover any of the medical mistakes made again due to language. Let’s not even talk about seniors who have not paid a dime in taxes yet draining medical resources from tax paying Canadians of every colour and religion.

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          Anonymous says:

          wtf are you talking about

  12. You may see all these reviews talking bout drugs and shootings, just remember, you are allowed to keep a gun if you have a permit. And if sus activities are detected, you will lose ur permit

  13. J
    Joshua Burstyn says:

    Get Real

    Wow, some folks here are warped. I’ve lived here for the entirety of my 41 years. I’ve also traveled the world. Toronto is very safe, despite some (mostly gang-related) crime. As for the tools who don’t like other cultures, feel free to leave. Go live your miserable lives somewhere else.

  14. Safe and lively

    Lived here for 14 years. We travel extensively around the world and there are very few cities as safe as it is in Toronto. Have partied late night walked through many different streets in downtown and mid-town the only annoyance would be a few druggies/drunks asking for money or a cigarette. A polite no to them comes with a “have a good night” response.

  15. F
    Former resident says:

    Guns & noise

    Overpriced, unsafe, noisy. This city is overrated with extreme white collar crime as well as gun violence.

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    anonymous says:

    I can say having lived in Toronto my entire life, I have never walked around day or night fearing for my safety. Any city with a large population can have sporadic crime. Compared to comparable cities in the world, all Canadian cities would rank amongst the safest.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      I was born in Toronto and still live here. Never had a problem with crime, or being out late at night. You couldn’t pay enough to leave Toronto.

  17. Used to feel a little safer...

    I used to feel a lot safer about public transit in the city ( I worked down town for years). Lately there have been a lot of weird things going on on the TTC and Subway – stabbings, attacks etc. Then there’s the crazy things like a group of young girls (teens) who knifed a homeless man to death. Or the gang related violence happening in some parts of the city. Even car jackings (I remember recently that hockey player who got his car stolen at gunpoint while out on a movie date with his gf) Now like any big city, you’re going to get sketchy areas and those that are perfectly fine. I’m not saying that midday in yorkville you’re going to get a brawl or someone threatening you with a knife, but as time goes on I’ve realized I feel less unwaveringly safe on the streets of Toronto, and just a little more cautious/tense. Especially when it’s dark, or I’m alone for whatever reason.

Toronto Rated 3.46 / 5 based on 37 user reviews.

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