Community Safety& Wellbeing

Safety Awards

City of Toronto invites nominations for community safety awards

Nominations are now open for the Mayor's Community Safety Awards. The awards celebrate innovative, Toronto-based projects that help build safe communities.

To be eligible for the award, projects must:

  • promote the safety of neighbourhoods and communities, including priority populations such as: Aboriginal peoples, ethno-cultural/ racial minorities, people with disabilities, lesbian/gay/bisexual/two-spirited/transgender/transsexual persons, newcomers, youth, people with low income, women and children exposed to violence
  • help victims of crime
  • reduce violence within high-risk communities
  • build partnerships with the community, its organizations and/or the corporate/business sector while promoting safety and/or violence prevention

Five projects will receive a $1,000 award, sponsored by Bell Canada. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony at Toronto City Hall on Saturday, June 10.

Nominations close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Visit http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/MayorCSAnomination/ to complete a nomination form. More information about the awards and the selection criteria is available at http://toronto.ca/safety.

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Eligibility

About the Mayor's Community Safety Awards

Developed by the Task Force on Community Safety in 2002, the Mayor's Community Safety Awards is an annual event that recognizes five outstanding projects that contribute to community safety in Toronto.  

The awards celebrate projects that:

  • Promote the safety of neighbourhoods and communities, including priority populations such as: Aboriginal peoples; ethno-cultural/ racial minorities; people with disabilities; lesbian/gay/bisexual/two-spirited/ transgender/transsexual persons; newcomers; youth; people with low income; women and children exposed to violence
  • Help victims of crime
  • Reduce violence within high-risk communities
  • Build partnerships with the community, its organizations and/or the corporate/business sector while promoting safety and/or violence prevention

Award winners receive public recognition at a ceremony hosted by the Mayor and a high-ranking Toronto Police official at City Hall, a commemorative certificate and a $1,000 cash award from Bell (the annual event sponsor since 2004) to continue their work to help improve community safety.

To be eligible for a Mayor’s Community Safety Award a project must:

  • Promote violence prevention, reduce violence and help victims and/or increase community safety
  • Demonstrate innovation and can serve as a model to other groups, individuals and communities
  • Encourage and develop partnerships in building safer, stronger communities
  • Be initiated by a Toronto-based organization and benefit Toronto communities
  • Not have previously received a Mayor’s Community Safety Award

Note: Projects operated by the City of Toronto’s Agencies, Boards, Commissions, and/or Divisions or by other orders of government are not eligible to receive awards.

About the Selection Process

The selection committee includes representatives from the business sector, the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the Seniors Forum and the City’s Social Development Finance and Administration Division. Members of the selection committee will declare any affiliations and/or conflicts of interest in regards to reviewing nominations. Each application will be reviewed using standard criteria. Organizations may submit more than one eligible project; however, only one project will be selected annually from an organization for an award.

Congratulations to all of our past winners!

You can always read more about the previous Mayor's Community Safety Awards winners.