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Eye on the Street

Eye on the Street Sign The Eye on the Street Partnership is a community public safety initiative in the City of Thunder Bay. In November 2005, the City of Thunder Bay established a video surveillance program with 16 cameras in 12 locations in the Downtown areas (see maps below).

 

Partners in Public Safety

The partnership includes the City of Thunder Bay, Waterfront District BIA, Victoria Avenue BIA and TBayTel. The partners developed the program through significant public consultation.

Designed to promote public safety, the objectives of the monitoring program include:

  • Fostering and maintaining a safe environment in the downtown core areas
  • Deterring unlawful and anti-social behaviour
  • Contributing to the revitalization of the downtown cores 
  • Providing an additional source of information for police

Signs, as shown above, identify areas that will be within the view of the camera. Summarized below are the principles that govern this system:

  • Monitoring is solely for safety and security purposes Eye on the Street Partners
  • Information gathered through video monitoring is used solely for security and law enforcement purposes and released in accordance with the standards of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Signs identify areas within the view of the camera
  • Camera views are restricted to public spaces only
  • The cameras are another source of information for Thunder Bay Police
  • Police continue their presence in monitored areas as they deem appropriate

A comprehensive Code of Practice, available for viewing or downloading, governs the Eye on the Street Video Surveillance Program.
Code of Practice  Adobe PDF, 30 pages, 280 KB

To view the Ontario Information & Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines for Using Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places, visit www.ipc.on.ca.

The system is managed by the Infrastructure & Operations Department. You can contact Charles Campbell by email at ccampbell@thunderbay.ca or contact the Clerk Dispatcher at 625-2195. The mailing address is PO Box 800, Thunder Bay ON P7C 5K4.

 

Map of South Camera Locations