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 microscopic examination of hair & fibre WHAT WE DO

The CFS engages in Research & Development to ensure that cutting edge forensic science is used to deliver services to official investigative agencies and to advance the discipline.

We seek to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our forensic analyses and examinations.

Our focus is on transformative technologies and on enhancing the objective nature of our work.

Click on "About Us" to learn more.

HOW?

The CFS seeks to develop research collaboration with academic institutions, other Ontario Ministries and industry partners who have capacity and expertise to deliver research projects that align with our research priorities.

We may have human and material resources available to contribute to projects that support our research mandate.

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"Become a Research Partner" link to learn more.
breath alcohol instrument testing
hit & run examination




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WANT TO PARTNER WITH US?

There are two ways to enter into a research partnership with the CFS:

1. Express interest in a posted proposal by copying the project title into the partnership survey, then completing and submitting the survey. Unassigned CFS research proposals will be posted for at least 30 days to allow partners to express interest in a research collaboration. CFS will evaluate submissions and select the partner best suited to each specific collaboration.

2. Submit your own research proposal by clicking this link and completing the research partner proposal survey. Such proposals should align with the CFS research priorities outlined below. The CFS R&D Unit will review all such proposals with CFS Section management and/or staff to identify interest and capacity in the proposed collaboration.
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CURRENT SECTION PRIORITIES

1.   Study and better understand the factors which influence the transfer and persistence of biological fluids and DNA, so that we can better answer questions with respect to how and when the trace evidence came to be deposited, and not just who it may have originated from.

2.   To better understand population structures in the province of Ontario. In particular, to determine allele frequencies in major populations for a variety of autosomal markers of forensic significance, whether Short Tandem Repeat (STR) loci or Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) loci. In addition, to determine frequencies for relevant lineage marker haplotypes from the Y-chromosome and from the mitochondrial genome, in the same major populations.

automated DNA analysis
Biology Projects
Click on the project title link(s) below to see individual project details

Project TitleDate PostedCFS Project LeadPartner AgencyAgency LeadStatus
Transfer & persistence of semen-stained garments prior to laundering 14-02-2019Tricia MillerUniversity of Toronto at MississaugaDr. Nicole NovroskiAssigned
Isolate genomic DNA from rootless hair shaft samples. 25-03-2019Tara BrutzkiTrent UniversityDr. Christopher Kyle & Dr. Mike DonaldsonAssigned
Transfer & persistence of oral DNA 16-07-2019Tricia Miller  Available
To analyze transfer and persistence of DNA trace evidence between two pieces of fabric 01-08-2019Nicole VachonTrent UniversityDr. Sanela MarticAssigned
Study Transfer and Persistence of DNA from wet, dry or rehydrated bodily fluid stains on porous and non-porous surfaces. 01-10-2019Joanne Cox  Available
Assess the value of DNA evidence in Property Crimes during both the police investigations and the during the court litigation process. 01-10-2019Nicole Vachon  Available
Study transfer and persistence of DNA deposited onto face, neck and chest surfaces while people are talking in close proximity. 07-10-2019Wendy Lalonde and James Morrow  Available
Can DNA deposited on fabric, as a result of a touch or more vigorous action (e.g. grabbing), be localized and differentiated from DNA deposited through normal wear of the clothing item? 10-10-2019Fran Muller & Michelle Tremblay  Available





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CURRENT SECTION PRIORITIES

1. Study and better understand the factors which influence the transfer and persistence of trace evidence, so that we can better answer questions with respect to how and when the trace evidence came to be deposited, and not just suggest the potential source of the trace evidence.

2. Develop new methods to characterise trace evidence using Raman spectroscopy and time of flight mass spectrometry.

3. Develop new, and expand existing, trace evidence reference collections. This involves the collection and analysis of trace evidence exemplars with the goal of enhancing the objectivity of comparisons made between reference material and case material. Our initial focus will be on automotive carpet fibres, architectural paints, zip ties, plastic bags and adhesive tapes.


Raman microscopy
Chemistry Projects
Click on the project title link(s) below to see individual project details.


Project TitleDate PostedCFS Project LeadPartner AgencyPartner Project LeadStatus





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CURRENT SECTION PRIORITIES

1. Enhance the objectivity of firearms and ammunition examinations and comparisons.

2. Enhance the objectivity of handwriting analysis and comparisons.





microscopic examination of bullet
Physical Sciences Project Proposals
Click on the project title link(s) below to see individual project details.

Project TitleDate PostedCFS Project LeadPartner AgencyPartner Project LeadStatus
3D laser imaging of bullet trajectory 03-12-2018Judy ChinAI2-3D ForensicsEugene LiscioAssigned
Evaluation of General Rifling Characteristics 14-02-2019Robert Gerard and Paula Webster  Available





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CURRENT SECTION PRIORITIES

1. Review CFS case data to evaluate and publish trends in the following areas.
 
    a. Alcohol and / or drug impaired driving.

    b. The role of drugs, other than alcohol, in fatal motor vehicle collisions.


    c. Investigations of individuals who have died while in custody and the
        death is opioid-related.


2. Develop or expand data sets to inform interpretation of toxicological fidings in
    forensic casework.

LC/MS drug analysis
Toxicology Project Proposals

Click on the project title link(s) below to see individual project details.

Project TitleDate PostedCFS Project LeadPartner AgencyPartner Project LeadStatus
Drug use among Automobile drivers in Ontario 07-01-2019Dr. Amy PeaireCanadian Centre on Substance Use and AddictionDr. Douglas BeirnessAssigned
Investigation of blood opioid concentrations in individuals suffering from severe chronic pain 23-05-2019Dr. Katie Nizio & Celeste Owen  Available





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CURRENT PRIORITIES        

1. Review and publish data sets associated with method validations for all operational sections.

2. Review, evaluate and publish historical case data relevant to public safety.

3. Develop tools to measure the evidentiary value of forensic science investigations to clients and stakeholders (e.g. police, legal counsel, court system, etc.)
extraction of drugs from blood
CFS-Wide Project Proposals 

Click on the project title link(s) below to see individual project details.

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Ontario's Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) is one of the most extensive forensic science facilities in North America. It conducts scientific investigations in cases involving injury or death and in cases involving crimes against persons or property.

Our mission

We are dedicated to enhancing the safety of Ontario’s communities and to supporting justice by providing timely and high quality forensic science services. Our culture of innovation is focused on the development of forensic science services that anticipate the needs of public safety and the justice system.

         
 
Our research mandate

Increased Efficiency: a reduction of money, time, labour required to deliver a product or service.
 
Increased Effectiveness: the degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result.
 
Transformation: a thorough or dramatic change in form or function.

Increased Objectification: to remove or reduce subjective cognitive influences on the completion of a task
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The CFS is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANAB is a signatory of both the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).







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CONTACT US



Forensic Services and Coroners Complex (FSCC)
25 Morton Shulman Avenue Toronto,
Ontario M3M 0B1

General Inquiries (647) 320-1320
Research & Development Inquiry (647) 329-1395 or Steven.Lintlop@Ontario.ca
Toronto laboratory
Roberta Bondar Place
70 Foster Drive, Suite 500 Sault Ste. Marie,

Ontario P6A 6V3

General Inquiries (705) 945-6550
Research & Development Inquiry (647) 329-1395 or Steven.Lintlop@Ontario.ca
Sault Ste. Marie laboratory




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Strathclyde University logo University of Toronto Mississauga logo King’s College London university logo
Ontario Tech University Logo Trent University logo CCSA logo
Laurentian University logo Ai2 – 3D Forensics logo