Dog Friendly Spaces

October 2014

City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service have commenced an enforcement blitz.

Residents are encouraged to keep their dogs on a leash except when in the City’s leash-free parks.

In Toronto, all dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are on any property other than their owner’s – unless they are in designated “leash-free” areas. Owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are not unleashed.

In 2013, there were a total of 130 complaints regarding dogs running off-leash. This year, as of July 2014, there have been 440 complaints and 66 charges. A fine of $360 can be issued for allowing a dog to run at large (unleashed) except in a posted designated leash-free area.

Owners are responsible for their dog and any injuries or damage caused by any dog in their care.

In order to use the leash-free zones, dog owners must have vaccinated and licensed their dogs. Dogs that are aggressive to humans, dogs with a history of biting, and other types of animals are not permitted in the leash-free zones.

In addition to being leashed, all dogs in Toronto must be licensed. Licences cost $25 a year and are available online at

North York has three Off Leash areas where dogs can run and play near the Yonge North Corridor:

  • Earl Bales Park – 4169 Bathurst St.
  • G. Ross Lord Park – 4801 Dufferin St.
  • Yonge and York Mills – 4070 Yonge St., north of York Mills on the west side of Yonge St.


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