Top ten safest Toronto neighbourhoods in 2023

January 12, 2024

The Safest Toronto Neighbourhoods in 2023

Toronto remains one of the safest cities in North America. However, according to data published by the Toronto Police Service, 2023 saw another increase in crime of approximately 17% compared to the previous year. That continues the post-Covid trend, when crime rose by 18% in 2022 compared to 2021.

When evaluating the safety of Toronto neighbourhoods, we apply the same approach as other organizations: we look at the ratio of crimes to population in a given area. In other words, if two neighbourhoods report the same total number of crimes, the one with a higher population is considered safer, because the chance of becoming a victim of crime there is statistically lower.

For instance, you'll notice below that a total number of crimes in Centennial Scarborough in 2023 was lower than in either Steeles or East L'Amoreaux, but the neighbourhood placed 3rd on the list. That is due to a lower population count, and on a per-resident basis, Steeles and East L'Amoreaux are safer.

Let's start with a high level view using graphs and maps of Toronto.

On the graph, the higher the value is, the lower the risk of encoutering crime. For example, having a 1 in 152 chance of encoutering crime during the year is better (less likely) than a 1 in 100.

Top 10 neighbourhoods

Below is the list of 10 safest Toronto neighbourhoods in 2023 based on the risk of encountering a crime :

1. Steeles
 1 in 152 risk
174 crimes in 2023
2. East L'Amoreaux
 1 in 105 risk
229 crimes in 2023
3. Centennial Scarborough
 1 in 104 risk
140 crimes in 2023
4. Agincourt North
 1 in 104 risk
300 crimes in 2023
5. Lambton Baby Point
 1 in 100 risk
83 crimes in 2023
6. Woodbine-Lumsden
 1 in 98 risk
83 crimes in 2023
7. Yonge-St.Clair
 1 in 96 risk
146 crimes in 2023
8. Pleasant View
 1 in 93 risk
180 crimes in 2023
9. Alderwood
 1 in 92 risk
146 crimes in 2023
10. Humber Heights-Westmount
 1 in 92 risk
124 crimes in 2023

In the next version of the list, we introduce weighting alongside the ratio of crimes to population. This means that more severe offenses, such as homicide and assault, carry greater weight in the calculation. When factoring in this weighted total, the top 10 list contains the same neighborhoods but in a different order, with two exceptions: Avondale and Lawrence Park North make it onto the list while Humber Heights-Westmount and Lambton Baby Point do not.

  • Steeles
  • Agincourt North
  • Centennial Scarborough
  • East L'Amoreaux
  • Avondale
  • Woodbine-Lumsden
  • Alderwood
  • Pleasant View
  • Yonge-St.Clair
  • Lawrence Park North

If we look only at violent crimes (homicide, shooting, assault, and robbery), the composition of the top 10 safest Toronto neighbourhoods changes as follows:

  • Steeles
  • Lawrence Park North
  • Bedford Park-Nortown
  • Leaside-Bennington
  • Lawrence Park South
  • Yonge-St.Clair
  • Agincourt North
  • Avondale
  • Edenbridge-Humber Valley
  • Centennial Scarborough

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