A red light camera is a type of traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection in spite of the traffic signal indicating red (during the red phase). By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the photo is evidence that assists authorities in their enforcement of traffic laws. Generally, the camera is triggered when a vehicle enters the intersection (passes the stop-bar) after the traffic signal has turned red.

Currently, there are over 300 red light cameras operated by the participating municipalities. Changing driver behavior, reducing collisions and saving lives are the key reasons the cameras are used.

A new five year Red Light Camera Program began in January 2017. As a result, there will be 74 new sites constructed at locations throughout the City.  As part of the efforts within the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, with approval from council in May of 2017 Transportation Services will also be reassessing up to 70 sites from the previous contract which will be reinstated in 2018.  The assessment may also include the addition of new red light camera sites to supplement the Road Safety Plan’s designated pedestrian, senior and/or school safety zones.

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View the annual number of charges laid in Toronto by their location.

Statistics collected from the eight municipalities suggest that drivers are getting the message that running a red light is dangerous and they are stopping for red lights. Collisions resulting in deaths and personal injuries have been reduced by more than 25 per cent and those resulting in property damage are down almost 18 per cent as a result of red light camera enforcement.

Taking a closer look at the City of Toronto locations, the number of angle collisions (those most indicative of red light running) causing death, injury or property damage have been reduced by over 60 per cent.

Red light running is a serious issue in our community. Over 40 per cent of fatalities at signalized intersections are attributed to red light running. Statistics indicate that red light cameras provide a safety benefit since collisions and injuries have been reduced at intersections where cameras are used.

  • Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red (when waiting to turn, for example) are not red light runners.
  • Red light cameras do not replace police officers. The red light cameras are being used to complement police efforts in preventing motorists from running a red light. Stepped-up police enforcement is a substantial component of the project.
  • Cameras are set so that only those vehicles that enter an intersection after the light has turned red are photographed. Vehicles that enter on amber and are within the intersection when the light changes to red are not photographed. The program is intended to photograph vehicles that enter an intersection after the signal has turned red.
  • Trained officers review every picture to verify vehicle information and ensure that the vehicle is in violation. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear that the vehicle ran the red light.
  • The registered license plate holder receives the ticket, regardless of who was driving the vehicle.
  • In consultation with the Privacy Commissioner, every attempt has been made to minimize capturing members of the public in the photos.
  • A red light camera system costs approximately $150,000.
  • Traffipax is the system supplier for red light cameras.
  • The camera is an industrial 35-mm camera, manufactured particularly for unattended operation in an outdoor environment. The cameras are housed in a ½ metre x ½ metre x ½ metre enclosure and are mounted on a pole, 20 metres in advance of the intersection. They are mounted approximately 3.6 metres above the ground.
  • Photographic detection devices are used extensively in many other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Cameras are also used in British Columbia and Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

Red Light Camera tickets are owner-liability charges. This means that the plate holder, as opposed to the driver, receives a ticket. Set fines under the Provincial Offences Act can be found by visiting the Ontario Court of Justice . No demerit points will be issued to registered owners. A victim fine surcharge is applied to provincial fines and is credited to a special fund to assist victims of crime. The set fine for running a red light detected by a camera system is $260, plus a $60 victim surcharge and a $5 court cost. The total payable is $325. No demerit points will be issued to registered owners.

Information on paying your Provincial Offence or disputing your Provincial Offence may be found by visiting the City of Toronto’s Court Services.

  • In December 1998, the provincial government enacted Bill 102, Red Light Cameras Pilot Projects Act, 1998, to allow designated municipalities to use red light cameras for up to two years following date of proclamation
  • A pilot project followed which included six municipalities – the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo
  • 70 intersections were selected for the pilot project (38 in Toronto)
  • 18 cameras were rotated throughout the 70 intersections during the pilot project (10 cameras rotated among 38 intersections in Toronto)
  • Installation of the cameras is part of a program aimed at improving safety for all road users by reducing red light running at intersections
  • Cameras photograph vehicles that enter the intersection after the traffic signal turns red
  • Municipalities are committed to improving traffic safety for the travelling public
  • The City of Toronto’s cost for the pilot project was over $7 million
  • In August 2004, the province passed legislation allowing the six municipalities to operate red light cameras indefinitely
  • In June 2007, the provincial government amended the Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act, to permit designated municipalities to use additional cameras at designated locations
  • In January 2010, the Province of Ontario increased the fine for red light running from $180.00 to $325.00, recognizing that seriousness and often consequences of red light running
  • In January 2017, the program was reauthorized to add over 70 new cameras over the next 5 years.