History of CPTED Ontario

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 eventually grew to include discussions between this fledgling organization and the members of the Board of the CPTED Institute, a philosophically similar, yet dormant, organization incorporated by Ruth Marland Bryan in 1999. These discussions eventually led the CPTED Institute to change its operating name to CPTED Ontario and 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 during this period of amalgamation . 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.