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Ontario Taking Steps to Prevent Auto Theft in Toronto

Automated license plate recognition technology will help fight crime and enhance public safety

NEWS– November 18, 2022

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing the Toronto Police Service with: $10,289,604.00 to help fight crime, including auto theft.

The Toronto Police Service will use the funding for Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology – a system that consists of cameras that automatically scan licence plates. The system is installed in or on active duty police cruisers and alerts officers to stolen or expired plates, or plates registered to suspended drivers. The system can also notify officers of missing and wanted persons and vehicles associated with AMBER alerts.

“Police in Toronto need access to all the tools they can get to combat crime – especially auto theft, which has become all too frequent in our neighbourhoods,” said Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth. “The use of ALPR will be a major step toward making our communities safer and our property more secure.”

The Automated License Plate Recognition Technology Grant is a one-time grant to help police services strengthen roadside law enforcement efforts and improve public safety across the province.

“This investment further demonstrates our government’s plan to ensure police services across Ontario have the resources and equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “I am confident that this tool will be a tremendous asset to police services and help them combat incidents of auto theft and enhance public safety.”


  • ALPR technology is a system of cameras and supporting software that captures licence plate information and immediately compares plate numbers to a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) database with vehicle and vehicle owner information. It also has the capability of capturing vehicles of interest (e.g., amber alerts, stolen vehicles, suspended driver(s), etc.).
  • ALPR technology does not detect moving violations such as speeding, going through a red light or stop sign, and distracted driving.
  • The investment in ALPR technology supports Ontario’s recent move to eliminate licence plate renewal fees and stickers for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds by allowing licence plate information to be read automatically without requiring an officer to see a physical licence sticker to validate a vehicle.

Media Contacts: ontario.ca/newsroom

Nabeel Ranmall – Executive Assistant

Office of MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore

195 Norseman Street Unit 21, Etobicoke

Telephone: 647-391-4563