The inaugural meeting of the Ontario CPTED Association, now known as CPTED Ontario, was held at Sir Sanford Fleming College on April 25th, 2000. The meeting, organized by Cst. Tom McKay of Peel Regional Police, gathered 17 individuals from a variety of backgrounds for the purpose of establishing a CPTED Association modeled after the Florida CPTED Network.
A positive response was followed up by a series of meetings which culminated in the establishment of the first and, to this day, only provincial CPTED organization in Canada and the second such organization of its kind in all of North America. The fledgling organization quickly went about the business of organizing its first one day conference in partnership with the Mississauga CPTED Advisory Committee, Peel CPTED Advisory Committee and Peel Regional Police. The workshop, held on Monday November 5th, 2001 at the City of Mississauga’s Noel Ryan Theatre in the Central Library, featured renowned CPTED trainer and author Timothy D. Crowe. The workshop was a resounding success having attracted 189 registrants.
In 2005, the organization developed a mission and vision statement along with a Code of Ethics. CPTED Ontario continues to organize a workshop/conference on an annual basis. In 2009 the organization took a major step towards developing a standard for basic CPTED training by establishing core curriculum.
“On February 11, 2021, CPTED Ontario passed a motion to “transition into a national CPTED organization by January 30, 2022.”
In 2020, CPTED Ontario engaged with CPTED practitioners from Western Canada and discussed a possibility of creating national CPTED organization for Canada.
Over the years, CPTED Ontario flourished with a strong base of local individual and corporate members. In the absence of any other provincial organizations, CPTED Ontario also attracted other members from across Canada, which led to our current discussion of a national CPTED organization.