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October 4, 2010
Candidates can display election campaign signs in Toronto starting today
Effective today, October 4, municipal election candidates are allowed to put up and display election campaign signs in Toronto.

Candidates' campaign signs may be displayed on private property such as lawns, subject to the owner's permission, and along public streets (subject to a financial deposit, described below). Signs may not be erected on City property such as at a civic building, works yard or park. The City investigates complaints about improper/illegal signs and takes appropriate action.

Candidates who want to put up election signs on boulevards along public streets are required to give the City of Toronto a $250 sign deposit. Signs placed along public streets must be in accordance with the Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 693, Article II). The City has the authority to remove any campaign signs placed along City streets without a deposit or in unlawful locations.

A fee of $25 for each unlawful sign removed by City staff will be deducted from the candidate's sign deposit. For signs removed in excess of the sign deposit, a further $25 per sign removed will be totalled for payment within 30 days of receiving notice. Where a sign deposit has not been paid, the candidate will be notified and charged the cost of each unlawful sign that is removed.

A deposit is not required for signs placed on private property, but the signs must comply with the standard requirements for signs on private property (specified in the municipal code and available online via the web address below).

Other rules/practices
- The City will remove any signs that pose a risk to the health and safety of pedestrians or motorists.
- Campaign signs may not be placed along the Don Valley Parkway or the Gardiner Expressway.
- The City is not required to give notice before removing an unlawful election sign.
- Campaign signs may not be illuminated, attached to trees or erected on City property such as parks, works yards, community centres or civic buildings.
- It is illegal for anyone to deface or wilfully damage a legal campaign sign.
- Campaign signs may not include the City’s logo.
- All election campaign signs must be removed within three days of election day. (For this election, all campaign signs will need to be removed by the end of the day on October 28.)
- City will recycle three main styles of signs (corrugated plastic known as "coroplast"; paperboard; and plastic film sleeve style) at six transfer stations until Nov. 30. See instructions at:

Election sign specifications (including size limits and positioning requirements), other relevant Toronto Municipal Code details, the deposit form and a photographic guide for signs are available online at

People can obtain more information about the City's election sign bylaw or report a suspected infraction by phoning 311 or e-mailing

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Media contact:
Lance Cumberbatch, Director, Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards, 416-392-7633,



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