Social Issues, Crime and Graffiti

The St. Catharines Downtown Association (BIA) hosted a Town Hall Meeting in partnership with The City of St. Catharines on Thursday September 12, 2019, addressing the challenges and social issues affecting our downtown business community.

The meeting was well attended with approximately 150 concerned citizens including many downtown business owners.

In partnership with the City of St. Catharines, the Niagara Region and the Niagara Regional Police Service, an information package has been developed which we hope will assist you in times of crisis or concern. Please download the document here:

Any criminal activity should be reported to the police and to the Downtown Association using the following contact information:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Niagara Regional Police Dispatch: 905-688-4111
  • Community Policing Liaison Officer, Sgt. Josie Hollingshead: 905-688-4111 ext. 3-9789
  • Online reporting: www.niagarapolice.ca
  • St. Catharines Downtown Association: 905-685-8424
  • Complete and submit a Criminal Activity Report

We encourage all property owners to report any act of graffiti vandalism on their property to the Niagara Regional Police. Also, please contact the Downtown Association Office; we may be able to offer assistance to remove the graffiti as quickly as possible (weather and resources permitting). For information on the City of St. Catharines’ Graffiti Removal Assistance Program, please click here.

The City’s Graffiti Bylaw requires property owners to maintain their property free of graffiti. Properties not maintained free of graffiti will be served notice and are obligated to clean graffiti within 7 days of being served. The bylaw is not intended to be punitive to property owners victimized by graffiti but rather, it is intended to encourage prompt reporting and removal of graffiti.

To report graffiti in progress: call 911

To report graffiti after the fact: contact the City’s Graffiti Information Line at 905-688-5601, ext. 1629 and the St. Catharines Downtown Association at 905-685-8424. Also, please report to the Niagara Regional Police for tracking purposes. You may use the above online reporting link.

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