City of Toronto Solid Waste Collection Operator passes away after a critical injury on the job

Curtis Smith, a collection operator for the City of Toronto who was critically injured on the job last week, has passed away. He was 27 years old. Curtis has been a collection operator with the City since 2014. He is survived by his mother Sheri, sisters Samantha, Theresa and Madison, and his girlfriend Amanda. 

Flags at City Hall and the civic centres will be lowered to half-mast today until sunset on the day of the funeral. 

Toronto Police and the Ministry of Labour are reviewing the critical injury incident and the City is co-operating fully with the investigations. 

For anyone wishing to make a donation, Curtis’s family has set up a gofundme page at


“Our thoughts are with Mr. Smith’s family and his colleagues during this difficult and tragic time. The safety of our workers is of the utmost importance and this incident will be thoroughly investigated to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect them.”
– Mayor John Tory 

“I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Curtis for a day. He was a valued member of the Solid Waste Management Services team and a hard worker and dedicated public servant.” 
– Chris Murray, City Manager

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