Skateboarding on City Roads:
The Highway Traffic Act prohibits the use of skateboard/roller skates/in-line skates on roadways. City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, prohibits the use of skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates and similar devices on the roadway on streets where there are sidewalks, except for the purpose of crossing the road. When so crossing, people using these devices are subject to the same rights and obligations as a pedestrian.

On streets with sidewalks, in-line skating is permitted on the sidewalk but prohibited on the roadway (except for the purpose of crossing the street.) On streets where sidewalks are not provided, a person wearing in-line skates, as a pedestrian, is required to be on the left side of the roadway, facing oncoming traffic, as close to the left edge of the roadway as possible. On-street bicycle lanes are designated for bicycles only, so in-line skating is not permitted in these designated lanes.

Toronto Police are responsible for the enforcement of skateboarding, roller skating or in-line skating on City roads.

In-Line Skating/Skateboards in City Parks:
While in a park, no person shall:

  • operate or utilize roller blades, skate boards, linear skates or similar conveyances where posted to prohibit or otherwise restrict the use of the conveyance: or
  • obstruct, inconvenience or endanger other users of the park while operating or utilizing roller blades, skateboards or similar conveyances.

Devices powered by any means other than muscular power are considered to be motor vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, and motor vehicles are prohibited from City sidewalks. Although hoverboards are considered as motor vehicles, they are not permitted on the street because they can't be insured and don't have all the devices to allow it to be operated on the highway (horn, light, reflector etc). As a result, hoverboards are only allowed off road or for recreational use.