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May 23, 2008
City launches Graffiti Pilot Project
The City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards Division (ML&S) is launching a Graffiti Pilot Project that involves proactive enforcement of the City’s Graffiti bylaw. Beginning on May 21, Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) officers began documenting graffiti on buildings used by the City and its Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Corporations (ABCCs) as well as utilities such as poles, signs and publication boxes. After receiving notification, property owners will have three days to remove the graffiti.

“The Graffiti Pilot Project is building on the success of Toronto’s award wining Clean and Beautiful City Program,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “It is believed that if graffiti is not removed, it invites more graffiti and vandalism because it sends the message that the City doesn’t care and isn’t paying attention. This project demonstrates we are serious about graffiti removal and sends a strong positive message that we care about and are proud of our communities and neighbourhoods.”

ML&S officers will advise the affected property owners by registered mail or personal delivery and allow a period of three days after receipt of the notice to remove the graffiti. If after that time has elapsed and the graffiti is not removed:
- for private utilities: ML&S will arrange for removal and add the costs to the owner’s taxes; legal action may be pursued (fines will be determined by the courts)
- for City assets: ML&S will arrange removal and recover the costs
- for ABCCs assets: ML&S will arrange removal and recover the costs
- if the graffiti is still there at re-inspection, the City will ensure removal within five days.

“We need everyone’s help if we are to win the battle against graffiti,” said Licensing and Standards Committee Chair, Councillor Howard Moscoe. “We all have a role to play in making sure Toronto is clean and beautiful, acts as a beacon for tourists and attracts new jobs and investment from the business community.”

The pilot will be conducted in targeted areas within the wards of members of the Licensing and Standards Committee: 2, 8, 15, 28 (downtown tourist area), 32, 34, 39 as follows:

Ward 2 - area bounded to the north by the Humber River, south by Rexdale Blvd., east by Islington Ave. and west by Kipling Ave.

Ward 8 - area bounded by Elana Dr., Gosford Blvd., Shoreham Dr., Black Creek Dr., Grandravine Dr., Jane St. and Finch Ave. W.

Ward 15 - commencing at Dufferin St. and Lawrence Ave. W., east along Lawrence Ave. W. to Allen Rd. Allen Rd. south to Stayner Ave. and south following more or less the streets of Marlee and Winona Aves. to the intersection of Winona Ave. and Holland Park Ave. West from Holland Park Ave. to Rogers Rd. and west along Rogers Rd. to Dufferin St. North on Dufferin St. to Eglinton Ave. W., then west along Eglinton Ave. W. to the CN Rail line. North along the CN rail line to a line that intersects the CN Rail line and Dufferin St., located south of Wingold Ave.

Ward 28 - Parliament St. commencing at Bloor St. E., south to Dundas St. E. and then westerly along Dundas St. E. to Church St.

Ward 32 - Danforth Ave. north and south sides between Victoria Park Ave. and Coxwell Ave.

Ward 34 - area bounded by the Don Valley Parkway, York Mills Rd., Victoria Park Ave. and Lawrence Ave. E.

Ward 39 - area bounded by Warden Ave. to Kennedy Rd., between Steeles Ave. E. and McNicholl Ave.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Lance Cumberbatch, Director, Investigation Services, ML&S, 416-392-7633,
Anne McLaughlin, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5707,



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