Toronto’s downtown ICE condos seem like a nightmare

If you’re Canadian and you’ve spent any time on TikTok, Instagram or any social media platform for that matter, you’ve likely encountered amusing (and also terrifying) videos of the notorious ICE Condos located in downtown Toronto.

Toronto Resident, Kylene Loucks, recently shared two TikTok’s that have amassed roughly 2.5 million views so far showcasing the infamous 12 York Street building.

In the first TikTok, Loucks outlines how she moved into the ICE Condos in July 2020 and has captured all of the footage included in the clips since then.



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In her first week at the building, the fire alarm went off at 5am. Loucks says that this is a regular occurrence on the weekend at the ICE condos. Next, the clip featured footage of residents lining up to use the elevator, with Loucks stating that the building’s elevators are often broken and that in this particular situation, there was only one working for all 29 floors.

Other clips include garbage all over stairwells, out-of-order trash shoots and multiple shootings. Loucks outlines one March 6th situation where 11 shots were fired. In her second TikTok, she also shows a clip of a Toronto Police bomb squad van and emergency task team outside of the building.

Naturally, given how popular the clips have become, ICE Condos has released a response. Regarding the out-of-order trash shoots, the condo says that, “although — like in any condominium — waste chutes can sometimes become temporarily blocked, our sanitation team cleans all hallways and waste disposal rooms as part of its daily routine.”


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ICE Condos also said that “some false fire alarms are an unfortunate reality of high-rise living” and that “taking efforts to reduce the number of false fire alarms.”

The building also mentions that it’s aware it has a short-term rental, Airbnb issue and has taken steps to help enforce the city of Toronto’s new bylines.

“Bylaw officers from the City have commended our condominium’s initiatives in this area and we’ve observed an outflow of hosts from the condominium,” says a recent press release from ICE Condos.

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