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School Crossing Guards

A crossing guard temporarily stops traffic to allow pedestrians to cross safely. The Toronto Police Service employs 600 school crossing guards for kindergarten to grade 6 children to navigate intersections around their schools safely.

A female school crossing guard holding a stop sign raised up
  • Stop when the crossing guard has the stop sign in an upright position
  • Stop when the guard is entering the roadway
  • Remain stopped until the children and the crossing guard have safely cleared the roadway
  • Under the Highway Traffic Act, crossing guard’s stop sign has the same legal authority as a stop sign at an intersection
  • You could face a minimum $150 fine and three demerit points for not stopping

If you are interested in having a traffic survey conducted in your area for a crossing guard, please contact the Chief of Police by e-mail at

Please provide the following information:

  • Name of school
  • Reason for request
  • Identify the intersection or location where you would like a Crossing Guard
  • Your name, address and phone number

School Crossing Guard Career Opportunities

The Toronto Police Service hires School Crossing Guards, whose main responsibility is to safely help all elementary school-aged children cross the street as they travel to and from school.

Candidates interested in applying as a School Crossing Guard are to attend in person at the Division closest to your home address.

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Requirements for employment:

  • all applicants are required to pass a vision test,
  • all applicants must provide a Certificate of Fitness from their family physician confirming that they are physically fit to carry out the duties of a Crossing Guard.

School Crossing Guards Careers webpage