A message to our community
The safety and security of the Ryerson campus is our top priority. We’re located at the busiest intersection in Canada, and the fourth busiest in North America. Being at the heart of downtown Toronto with a campus that’s open to the public means that the societal issues surrounding us can impact the Ryerson community as well.
Improving safety on our campus
As a city builder, Ryerson has a responsibility to help maintain a people-friendly, safe and inclusive environment, not just for students, but for all surrounding community members. Our security crew is now trained and equipped with Naloxone, a medication used by first responders to treat drug overdose, and sharps disposal boxes have been installed in several locations across campus. We’ve increased the number of security crew members who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have more strategic allocation of security patrols. We’ve increased lighting on the front of the Victoria building and in the 300 Victoria Street parking garage, and security cameras have been installed in the stairwells.
Working with community partners
Along with University Relations and Facilities Management and Development, we regularly work with Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto and community partners like the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association to ensure the vitality and resiliency of the Yonge and Dundas area. As a result of Ryerson and its partners’ advocacy efforts, we’ve been successful in securing from the City of Toronto more frequent clean up in the area and increased resources to support the needs of the Downtown East community.
Providing you individual support
Ryerson has a number of initiatives to provide you individual support, help build awareness around personal safety, and empower our community. This includes the WalkSafe Program, free self-defense classes and personal safety planning sessions, where you can meet one-on-one with a member of our team. We also email broadcast security incidents to all Ryerson students, faculty and staff to keep you informed of incidents on and around campus, and to continually point you to support resources should you witness or experience something troubling yourself.
We encourage you to make use of these services and to let us know if there’s anything else we can do to further support you on our campus.
Executive Director, Community Safety and Security