FAQ – About datasets

The City complies with the freedom of information and privacy laws and will only be releasing public information layers. Every data set goes through a privacy lens before publishing to ensure it has met MFIPPA laws.

Datasets are selected and released in accordance with Motion GL8.22 and by relevance to civic issues. Priority is given to data that is already being collected and digitized on the City’s website.

In accordance with our Open Data Policy and License, you can copy, redistribute, and use the material for any purpose, providing you give appropriate credit, include a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

You sure can! Datasets are made freely available for anyone under the City’s Open Government License, which is based on version 1.0 of the Open Government Licence – Toronto. This licence allows worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive use of the City’s open datasets, for both commercial and non-commercial use.

While every effort will be made to request the additional data, please keep in mind that divisions/agencies will not necessarily be asked to change their business methods to facilitate requests to collect new data but rather asked whether the data you’re requesting is already collected, in which case it may be added to the Open Data Portal. In some cases, you may need to submit an FOI request for more specific data or historical data that may not be available through our open data catalogue.

Feel free to contact us with your request by emailing opendata@toronto.ca or tweeting us at Open_TO. Please keep in mind that we have three initiatives that will prioritize the release of data sets requested. See civic issues campaign and committee Motion Gl.88.

You may also want to look up your question or request for data using the 311 knowledge base.