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September 3, 2008
City of Toronto seeks public input on new city-wide sign bylaw
The City of Toronto is seeking public input on the creation of a single sign bylaw to regulate permanent signs across the city.

Permanent signs that will be regulated under the new sign bylaw include roof signs, fascia (wall) signs, free-standing (ground) signs and billboards. A proposed draft bylaw and enforcement protocol is expected to be completed in the summer of 2009.

New technologies such as digital projection and other electronic signs, as well as the wide spread use of vinyl materials creates challenges. A thorough review of these matters will be undertaken as part of the Sign Bylaw Project and appropriate provisions will be developed to properly regulate these new technologies and materials.

The Sign Bylaw Project will endeavour to address:
• Toronto’s beautification and heritage goals
• “special areas” that reflect unique characteristics throughout the city
• ways that signage can support the City’s efforts around climate change and energy conservation
• revenue generation for sign bylaw enforcement, city beautification, and arts and cultural initiatives through the development of a Billboard Tax
• the creation of regulations for the future rather than harmonize regulations from the past.

It has been more than 10 years since Toronto was amalgamated and, with the exception of some specific amendments, the bylaws of the former municipalities regulating permanent signs are still in force today. The new sign bylaw will harmonize existing regulations.

Residents are invited to participate in one of the following public consultation sessions:
• Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. - Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Council Chamber
• Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. - North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Council Chamber
• Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. - Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., Council Chamber
• Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. - City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 2nd Floor, Committee Room 2

For details about the Sign Bylaw Project and the public consultations, visit, e-mail or call 416-392-8000.

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 numerous 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:
Bruce Hawkins, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-3496,
Dan Mousseau, Project Co-ordinator, Sign Bylaw Project, 416-392-4236,



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