City of Toronto marks School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

2023 June 5

Starting today through Friday, June 9, the City of Toronto is marking School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week, a dedicated initiative aimed at recognizing the significant contributions that school crossing guards make in enhancing road safety within our school communities.

The City’s School Crossing Program is the largest of its kind in Canada, with 825 school crossing guards working to improve road safety in Toronto. They do so by helping children cross the road and reminding drivers and people cycling of the presence of pedestrians at key intersections.

This year, the City is encouraging the public to participate in School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week by handing out thank you cards to school crossing guards. Giving a card is a simple but meaningful way to show support and let all guards know that their efforts are appreciated.

The public can download and print a template thank you card by visiting the School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week webpage.

While handing out cards, it’s important to be respectful of the school crossing guard’s time and to approach them only once they have helped everyone safely cross the road.

The School Crossing Guard Program is one of the many programs under the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, which aims to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities in Toronto. More information is available on the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan webpage.