OCAD University, Ryerson University‘s Chang School, George Brown College and Humber College have received bomb threats that are being directed at post-secondary campuses throughout the city, police say.
Toronto police said the call came in just before 9 a.m. and that four schools and 10 campuses are involved.
Police said the threats are similar in nature and that these calls are being taken very seriously.
Chief Mark Saunders told reporters even if the calls turn out to be pranks, that police will still look to apprehend whoever is responsible.
“In the past we have apprehended people for making those false accusations,” he said. “But in the meantime, we treat it as a serious offense so I’m sure that the resources that we have who are highly trained in looking after these types of incidences are obviously going to be going through the scene and all of the steps for this type of investigation will be taking place.”
Officers are on scene investigating and working with the affected schools to determine if other evacuations will be necessary.
George Brown College said it received a threatening email, but that “classes and operations continue as planned.”
The college said police completed a sweep of all buildings and they were deemed safe.
“Please report any suspicious activity by dialing 0 on any college phone,” the college said.
OCAD said all of its buildings are being evacuated and the school will be closed for the rest of the day.
Ryerson said its students and faculty can go to the Podium building to receive further information.
Humber College said a search of all the campuses was done and that it is continuing to monitor the situation.