The safety of all those who work, visit or do business at City facilities is the top priority of the City of Toronto.

Visitors to Toronto City Hall will undergo baggage screening before accessing certain areas of the building. This includes offices of the Mayor and Councillors, the committee rooms, and the Council Chambers.

Visitors will also be required to walk through a metal detector when accessing the Council Chambers.

City of Toronto Security staff will be at the East and West sides of the main floor (rotunda), at the Hagerman entrance of Toronto City Hall, and at the entrance of the Council Chamber.

Baggage screening will not be required to access a number of City services on the main floor, such as the library and the property taxes and utility payments counters, and the Service Canada Centre.

What to Expect

Baggage Screening

Visitors will be asked to place their baggage, bags, backpacks or items being carried on the screening table and open them for inspection.

Security staff will ask the visitor if they have any prohibited items that they would like to declare. Security staff may also ask the visitor to move an object that is obstructing the inspection.

Visitors in possession of any prohibited items will be asked to remove or discard the items before being re-screened. There are no storage facilities for any items.

Access to Council Chambers

Visitors accessing the Council Chamber will be required to undergo baggage screening and will need to pass through a metal detector prior to entering.

Security staff will ask visitors to place items, including cell phones, cameras, keys and sunglass cases into the trays provided and pass through the metal detector one at a time.

If an alarm is triggered, you will be asked to walk through again or will be screened with a hand-held wand.

Visitors with medical devices or special circumstances, such as visitors with mobility aids, should alert security staff and other screening methods can be used.

Prohibited Items

Any object that may compromise safety and security is prohibited. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:

Examples include:

  • Firearms
  • Flare guns
  • BB guns
  • Replica guns or firearms
  • Stun guns or devices used to emit a shock
  • Ammunition

Examples include:

  • Axes and hatchets
  • Bows and arrows
  • Ice picks
  • Knives, sabers, swords or bladed devices of any length
  • Razor-type blades, such as box cutters, and utility knives
  • Crowbars
  • Batons, night sticks or clubs
  • Tools, including any sharp or bladed objects
  • Chains over 15 cm in length

Examples include:

  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Mace
  • Pepper spray
  • Spray paint
  • Tear gas
  • Noxious and poisonous substances

Examples include:

  • Dynamite
  • Fireworks
  • Gunpowder
  • Plastic explosives
  • Fuels, including cooking fuels and flammable liquid fuel
  • Gasoline
  • Gas torches, including micro-torches and torch lighters

Examples include:

  • Megaphones
  • Air horns

 

Religious or ceremonial items

Kirpans contained in a sheath are permitted by initiated Sikhs providing they do not exceed a maximum length of 7.5 inches or 19 cm. A kirpan must be identified by the individual possessing it as well as other religious or ceremonial items. A kirpan must be concealed and it must remain sheathed while in City Hall.