Item - 2023.MM11.37

Tracking Status

MM11.37 - Keeping Toronto Safe from Hate - by Mayor Olivia Chow, seconded by Councillor Frances Nunziata

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on October 11 and 12, 2023, adopted the following:


1. City Council condemn in the strongest possible terms all forms of hate, including Antisemitism and Islamophobia, and City Council restate its commitment to an inclusive and welcoming city for all Toronto residents.

2. City Council direct the City Manager, in partnership with the relevant divisions, and the Toronto Police Services Board to create an anti-hate package of information available online by October 20, 2023, and shared directly with community organizations, places of worship, religious schools and daycares, such package to include information on:

a. hate crimes and how to report hate-crimes and activities;

b. City policies related to hate including Toronto Corporate Security's hate event response plan and hate activity policy;

c. any best practices on urban design options, lighting, and other measures that promote safety;

d. information on support resources available to communities experiencing hate, such as those made available through the Toronto For All public education initiative; and

e. any funding or supports that may be available for measures to ensure spaces are safe.


3. In recognition of rising hate and to foster a sense of safety and belonging, City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to create community safety zones, aligned with their predetermined areas of critical infrastructure and potential targets that are inclusive of areas surrounding places of worship and cultural and religious daycares and schools recognized as a potential target for hate where they will offer to consult with organizations in those areas about steps that can be taken to be and feel safe from hate.


4. City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to provide an update to the Mayor and Members of City Council on the work of the Toronto Police and the Hate Crimes Unit and post it publicly on their website, this should include information on work:


a. to protect and promote a sense of safety in predetermined areas of critical infrastructure and potential targets including places of worship and cultural centres including schools and daycares;

b. with the Neighbourhood Community Officers, Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit, and the Chiefs Community Consultative Committee in community outreach with community leaders, business owners, media, religious institutions and others in response and dissemination of information related to hate-related incidents; and

c. partnering with the Minister of Attorney General's Hate Crime Working Group and other intergovernmental bodies on hate-related crimes and incidents.

5. City Council direct the City Manager, in partnership with Toronto Police Services, the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Executive Director, People and Equity, and the City Solicitor to work with local community organizations to enhance and improve safety and security in community safety zones (community areas at risk of hate-related activities), including all places of worship, and cultural centres including schools and daycares.

Background Information (City Council)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Mayor Olivia Chow (Carried)

That Mayor Olivia Chow be permitted to add to the agenda of today's meeting an urgent Motion without Notice concerning:


Keeping Toronto Safe from Hate


Reason for Urgency:

This motion is urgent because it contains time-sensitive requests for action against hate.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-12-2023 3:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM11.37 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Olivia Chow, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at