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Toronto has a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Bylaw that restricts photography for commercial use, without authorization. This mentions nothing of non-commercial photography for private or artistic purposes.

By-law #1 of the Toronto Transit Commission, 16.b):
No person shall operate for commercial purposes any camera, video recording device, movie camera, or any similar device upon any vehicle or premises of the Commission without authorization.

Toronto Area Transit Operating Authority Act (Ontario Statute), 3.(1):
Toronto Area Transit Operating Authority
The Authority may make by-laws regulating its proceedings. R.S.O. 1990, c. T.13, s. 3 (1).

Remember that some TTC security staff are “special constables”, who are actual police officers. Also note that a metro transit system can interfere with a large number of Canadian’s lives, so the Security of Information Act applies.

Also remember that TTC staff may also ask you to stop taking photographs or to leave the premises, which would constitute Trespassing if you continued.



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