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September 11, 2008
Federal election candidates may put up election signs, costs for illegal signs
Federal candidates are permitted to put up election signs across the city of Toronto now that the election writ has been issued.

Any candidate wishing to put up election signs on public streets and boulevards must pay a $250 sign deposit. Signs placed on public streets must also be in accordance with the election sign bylaw.

Any signs placed on City streets without a deposit, or signs that are placed in unlawful locations will be removed. Signs placed on private property do not require a sign deposit but must comply with the requirements for signs on private property contained in the bylaw. Signs that pose a risk to the health and safety of pedestrians or motorists will be removed immediately. The City of Toronto is not required to give notice prior to the removal of an unlawful election sign.

Candidates must pay twenty-five dollars for every unlawful sign removed by City staff. They will be invoiced by the City. The total must be paid within 30 days of payment notice or be deducted from the deposit. Once the deposit is depleted, the candidate must pay a further $250 deposit, plus any outstanding amount owing (at $25 per sign), also within 30 days of payment notice. Additionally, all election signs must be removed within three days after voting day.

Signs may not be illuminated, attached to trees, or placed on City property, such as community centres or parks.

No person shall deface or wilfully cause damage to a lawfully erected election sign. No person shall display the City's logo, in whole or in part, on an election sign.

The sign deposit can be paid by cash, money order or certified cheque at City Hall, at the Election Services office.

For further information about the election sign bylaw or to report an infraction, please contact Municipal Licensing and Standards at 416-395-7010, by fax at 416-397-5463 or by e-mail at A guide to the placement of election signs on public and private properties is also available.

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Media contact:
Bill Blakes, District Manager, Municipal Licensing and Standards, 416-396-8221,



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