Toronto Islands & Ferries

Ferry Security

Security enhancements made to ferry service

The City of Toronto's ferry service carries 1.2 million passengers annually over 365 days a year and public safety is our top priority.

The City's ferry service operates under a security certificate issued by Transport Canada, and in 2010, Transport Canada developed and implemented new Domestic Ferries Security Regulations. Based on the new regulations, the City has enhanced security measures at the City's ferry terminals and on its vessels.

The City has taken many concrete steps to improve passenger safety including:

  • Increased security presence and visibility through signage and staffing
  • Full-time corporate security guards on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Installation of additional security cameras
  • Security awareness training for all full-time and part-time staff
  • Staff will be wearing security passes at all times
  • All vehicles will be registered with gate person and ferry facility security officer

Ferry Passenger Capacity

Four ferry vessels operate on a regular basis, with a combined capacity of about 2,000 passengers:

  • Sam McBride – 736 passengers
  • William Inglis – 309 passengers
  • Thomas Rennie – 736 passengers
  • Ongiara – 220 passengers, capable of carrying vehicles as well.

A fifth vessel, and older paddle steamer named 'The Trillium' is sometimes deployed and carries 891 passengers.