Dangerous Neighbourhoods in Toronto – Areas to Avoid

Dangerous Neighbourhoods in Toronto
Written by Laura

Canada is one of the top-ranking countries, whose society’s growth is solely dependent on immigration throughout the nation’s history.

The country’s hospitality and equal rights have indisputably led to multiculturalism that is quite unique to the world.

On the other, Toronto is one of the most developed cities in Canada, also the capital and of course the largest of province of Ontario. Consequently, as a metropolitan city, there are possibilities that some of the neighbourhoods may experience some sorts of criminal activities, thereby making them the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Toronto.

In this article, I am going to comprehensively discuss the list of dangerous neighbourhoods in Toronto. Interestingly, I can confidently tell you that Toronto is a very peaceful and safe city to reside in.

Do not get it twisted, describing them as the worst areas in Toronto does not mean that they are inhabitable. What I am trying to say here is that the list of neighbourhoods discussed in this article is the ones with a high number of incidents compared to Toronto’s standards.

Of course, if we compare the number of cases in the city with other cities like New York, you will discover that the neighbourhoods we talked about are quite safe. Throughout your stay in any of the places, you will probably not encounter any incident at all, but it is still important to be aware of the possibility that anything can happen.

1. Regent Park

Regent Park is the most notorious neighbourhood located downtown the city. As one of Toronto’s projects, Regent Park was initially set up to house citizens who were destitute and that idea was never to make it a permanent place for the poor.

But in the long run, everything changed and the neighbourhood never represented what it used to be (a transitional area), rather it became a permanent place for the poor. Regent Park is now faced with a series of challenges ranging from poor education and improper housing, to inadequate healthcare. However, there are plans to recreate the environment and make it a better place.

Because of the level of the impoverishment of Regent Park, there has been an incessant report of criminal activities making it the most notorious neighbourhood.

Some of the crimes experienced in the area include crime against people and crime against properties. Actually, the crime against properties is as a result of  the deficiency in supply of facilities required by people to survive. Generally, hunger and insufficient basic amenities are the major cause of thefts.

Statistics have revealed that there is an average crime rate of 11.97 per 1000 persons around Gerrard Street to Dundas Street, with a crime rate of 18.53 against property.

However, on the south of Dundas Street toQueen Street, there is an average crime rate of 12.99 against people while the crime rate against people stands at 22.39. Then in order to stay safe in this neighbourhood, you need to observe and understand the environment carefully. By doing so you will be able to stay away from the incidents that occur at Regent Park.

2. St. JamesTown

Just like Regent Park, St. JamesTown is a heavily populated environment in Toronto and Canada at large, with an average population density of a 53million as of the 2011 census. St. JamesTown is located between Parliament Street and Sherbourne Street.

The rate of criminal activities experienced in this neighbourhood is also high but not compared with that of Regent Park.

Almost similar to Regent Park, St. Jamestown was once a smart and fashionable city in Toronto but things later changed making it the poorest Town in Toronto. The average crime rate of this town stands at 10.44 per 1000 persons that stay around. While the average crime rate for property totaled 24.97 per 1000. The number of criminal activities experienced here is robbery, theft, assault, and sometimes murder.

3. Flemingdon Park

Flemingdon Park is another crime-ridden neighbourhood located in the former city of North York. On the Northside of the city, it is enclosed by Eglinton Avenue and on the East, West, and South, it is surrounded by the Don River.

As much as Flemingdon Park is categorized as a crime-ridden environment, it is still a nice place to stay. It has a good number of commercial offices, apartments, and family homes.

So the question here is, are their crime-related occurrences in Flemingdon Park? The answer is Yes! Flemingdon Park has made it to the list of the worst neighbourhoods in Canada at large. Despite the good social amenities in this area violence and crime are not exceptions too.

The average rate of crime in Flemingdon is 4.19 per 1000 people that stay around, while the average crime rate for the property is 6 against 1000. Here the causative factor for the crime is poor security. To tackle insecurity, the government should establish a proper security system in the neighbourhood.

4. Moss Park

Moss Park is situated in the South of Dundas Street and is just miles away from Parliament Street and Jarvis Street. 

In terms of violence and property crime, Moss Park has a high record and ranks number one in violent crime.

The record holds that there is an average 20.81 crime rate per 1000 people, whereas on the property there is 45.94 per 1000 properties. 

5. Weston

Weston is currently an independent town popularly known as the Town of Weston. It is also located in the former city of North York. The town has many streets such as King Street, John Street, Church Street etc. 

Similar to other neighbourhoods, Weston did not escape crime and violence. Due to a large number of streets, criminal activities are categorized according to street or region.

  • Lawrence Avenue has an average crime rate of 7.49 versus 1000 people. While the average crime rate for properties is at 33.72 against 1000 properties.
  • At Humber River, the average rate towards people is around 9.35 against 1000, and 11.19 average crime rate against 1000 properties
  • The street of Roman Way Crescent has an average crime rate of 10.45 per 1000 and an average of 14.92 against 1000 pro[erties
  • The street of Clouston Avenue holds an average crime of 16.08 versus 1000 people with an average crime rate of 29.14 in 1000 properties.

6. Bay Street Corridor

Bay Street Corridor is a downtown neighbourhood located along Bay Street, it is popularly known as Cloverhill. Bay Street has a good number of commercial buildings, restaurants, stores, bars etc.

Below are the different areas that experience high crime rates on Bay Street:

  • The region bordering Bloor Street, Queens Park Avenue, Yonge Street and College Street, has an average crime rate of 4 per 1000 people, and an average rate of 12.51 crime against 1000 properties.
  • Secondly, the region that borders Yonge Street, University Avenue, College Street and Queen Street records an average rate of 4.35 crimes against 1000 persons and an average crime rate of 26.08 on every 1000 properties.
  • The region that surrounds Front Street, Yonge Street, University Avenue, and Queens Street records an average of 1.07 crime rate on 1000 persons, making it the lowest crime rate in this neighbourhood. Whereas the crime rate against 1000 properties clocks around 6.81, however, making it one of the lowest rates in crime against properties.

In Spite of the fact that the Bay Street Corridor records a relatively low rate of crimes in some of the areas, statistics still reveal that it is one of the worst neighbourhoods in Toronto with the highest number of burglaries.

7. The Beaches

The Beaches is also another district in Toronto with a relatively high crime rate. It is popularly known as the Beach. It is a commercial area with single-family homes and is located on the East side of Queen Street.

Unlike other neighbourhoods that record a very big difference in crime rate against people and properties, The Beaches experiences an equal rate in crime, both against people and properties. The value of crime rates against people and properties clock at 7.08 per 1000.

8. Little Portugal

The Little Portugal which is sometimes referred to as the Old Toronto is situated in the West of Toronto and is mostly considered a place for convenience purposes.

Below are the regions that border Little Portugal and their average rates of crime.

  • The region that is surrounded by College, Brock, Lansdowne and Dundas has an average rate of 8.69 against 1000 people in crime and an average rate of 23.22 against 1000 properties.
  • On the other hand, the region that is enclosed by Railway Tracks, Lansdowne, Dufferin, and Dundas records an average of 11.22 per 1000 people in crime rate. Also an average rate of 27.25 per 1000 properties in criminal activities.
  • The area that is surrounded by Dovercourt Road, Queen, Dundas and Ossington records an average crime rate of 6.02 per 1000 people and an average crime rate of 24.09 per 1000 properties.
  • Finally for Little Portugal, is the axis that is bordered by Queen, Dundas, Dufferin and Dovercourt has an average rate of 8.48 in crime against 1000 people and an average rate of 22.48 in criminal activities against 1000 properties.

9. Forest Hill South

The Forest Hill South is filled with single-family homes and wealthy families. Due to the affluence of this environment, the crime rate is minimal compared to other areas.

Forest Hill South has two major regions that experience crime, though at minimal rates they are:

  • The Eastern region experiences an average crime rate of 2.32 per 1000 persons and an average rate of 16.29 per 1000 properties.
  • The Western region records an average crime rate of 4.04 per 1000 people with an average number of 12.49 against 1000 properties.

However, you will agree with me that the statistics above are relatively lower compared to other regions.

10. Casa Loma

Casa Loma, just as the name suggests, is a neighbourhood situated near Casa Loma in Toronto. Casa Loma however, is a region bordered by Bathurst Street, Railway Track, St. Claire Avenue in the North and Spadina Road which is in the East.

The region experiences a crime rate of 5.93 per 1000 people, with a 29.23 against 1000 properties.

It is advisable to understand the way people operate in this region, thus if you think that it is not quite safe for you, you can reconsider.


11. Annex

Annex is another region located in downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Bloor Street and Dupont Street and is mostly inhabited by students since it is quite close to Toronto University. Annex is also filled with single-family homes and occupied by professionals.

It is also important to know that Annex is highly populated, due to this population the average rate of crime on properties clocks around 8.16 per 1000 people while the average crime rate of 23.75 against 1000 properties, which is on the high side.


There are some other neighbourhoods in Toronto with significantly lower rates in crime.

However, according to the list above, you will notice that the crime rate here is a little bit minimal compared to other neighbourhoods like New York as we have pointed out earlier.

It is also important to know that the values above can change due to some factors such as government policies, improvement in security etc.

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