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June 26, 2013
Mayor Ford kicked off anti-postering campaign as part of Clean Toronto Together initiative
  
Mayor Rob Ford kicked off an anti-postering public education campaign and bylaw blitz this morning as part of the City's Clean Toronto Together initiative. The campaign will encourage residents and businesses to use the City's street furniture kiosks and message boards to advertise upcoming events and services instead of postering on hydro poles, bus shelters, utility boxes or newspaper boxes.

"A cleaner Toronto creates a more attractive place for our citizens, attracts a greater number of visitors and, as a result, improves our economic prosperity," stated Mayor Ford.

"City-owned public spaces are not places for local businesses to advertise," said Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1, Etobicoke North. "The posters are unsightly and become a safety issue when they cover windows on bus shelters and block sight lines for motorists. Posters that are placed on hydro poles, light standards and other public spaces will be removed by City staff and violators will be fined."

More than 900 postering structures have been installed, some in every Ward across the city. The approved structures are comprised of free standing columns and boards within transit shelters.

The City of Toronto's Poster on Public Property Bylaw states that any individual or company who is found or deemed to have placed or displayed a poster in a place in other than one permitted under the bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 693-30) is guilty of an offence. Posters regarding community issues such as a lost pet, a yard sale or cultural and/or religious events are permitted on locations other than City-approved structures.

Enforcement officers will work their way throughout the city, across major arterial roads such as Finch Avenue, Eglinton Avenue, Bloor Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, beginning in Ward 1 to enforce the bylaw.

The Clean Toronto Together initiative engages businesses and residents in partnership with the city to keep city streets clean of litter, long weeds or garbage, illegal postering and graffiti vandalism. A number of city divisions including Transportation, Solid Waste, Municipal Licensing and Standards, and Parks, Forestry and Recreation are involved in this program.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/licensing.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Tammy Robbinson, Senior Communications Coordinator
Strategic Communications
416-338-3761
trobbin@toronto.ca

 

 

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