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November 12, 2009
Mayor unveils City of Toronto’s 175th anniversary Picture Postage stamp
Mayor David Miller along with Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) today unveiled a Picture Postage stamp to celebrate Toronto’s 175th anniversary.

Produced in partnership with Tourism Toronto, 4,000 limited edition stamps, with an image of City Hall, will be available as a keepsake free to Torontonians while quantities last.

“The 175th anniversary of the city’s incorporation from the Town of York to the City of Toronto is an important milestone in our city’s history;” said Mayor Miller. “Today’s unveiling of the 175th anniversary stamp is just another way we have marked this occasion. City Hall is an iconic Toronto building and by having this image on the stamp it not only represents the city’s incorporation, marking the first time the city had its own elected municipal government, it also represents our future as a leading city.”

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, chair of the 175th anniversary steering committee, added, “as the 175th anniversary celebrations are coming to a close, the City wanted to make available a keepsake in the form of a stamp to remember this important anniversary.”

The limited edition 175th anniversary Picture Postage stamps will be available to the public and stamp collectors for free. Along with a special 175th anniversary postcard, limited quantities of these stamps will be distributed for free at this year’s Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, opening night on November 28 and at Toronto’s Historic Museums on the weekend of December 5 and 6.

The public are encouraged to come to the Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank, opening night or visit one of the City’s Historic Museums to collect their stamps. These stamps can be used with the postcard to send greetings to family and friends within Canada for the holiday season or simply be collected as a keepsake to remember the 175th anniversary.

Stamp collectors who are eager to pick up their 175th anniversary Picture Postage stamp, can do so at the upcoming National Postage Stamp Show at the CNE from November 13 to 15. The stamps will be handed out at the Canada Post booth. Only 175 stamps will be made available to the first 175 collectors each day during the show.

The 175th anniversary Picture Postage stamp can also be purchased in full keepsake sheets online. To do this, download the 175th anniversary image from the City of Toronto’s website at and then visit, to create the stamp. These Picture Postage stamps are not available for purchase from Canada Post retail counters or outlets, as they are printed to order only. The keepsake sheets consist of 20 stamps per sheet and costs range from $16.00 to $24.95 depending on how many sheets are ordered.

The City of Toronto would like to thank Tourism Toronto and Canada Post for their support in producing this stamp to mark the city’s 175th anniversary.

A Picture Postage stamp is a unique and creative way to commemorate a special occasion, such as the City of Toronto’s 175th anniversary. The stamp can be used in the same way as a regular stamp, is valued at the current domestic rate, and can be used on any standard-size envelope (up to 30 grams) delivered anywhere in Canada.

‘I’d like to congratulate the City of Toronto on its 175th anniversary. We at Canada Post think our Picture Postage stamp is creative and unique - and those are words that apply equally well to this great city.” said Moya Greene, president and chief executive officer of Canada Post.

To view the design of the 175th anniversary Picture Postage stamp or to find out where you can collect your free stamp visit

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Kerri MacDonald, Special Events, 416-395-7381,
Deputy Mayor, Joe Pantalone, chair of the 175th anniversary steering committee, 416-392-4009



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