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September 21, 2009
City taking steps to reduce vehicle idling
The City of Toronto is launching a campaign between September 21 to 25 to educate the public about the importance of not leaving vehicles idling.

Bylaw officers will patrol locations across Toronto to enforce the City’s anti-idling bylaw. Under the bylaw, most vehicles left idling for more than three minutes in a 60-minute period are subject to a fine of $100, plus a $25 provincial surcharge.

“As residents of Toronto, we need to do everything we can to reduce the level of smog in our city that contributes to poor air quality,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “Studies have shown a direct link between contaminants from vehicle emissions and significant health effects. In Toronto, it is estimated that 1,700 people die earlier than expected each year and 6,000 hospital visits are linked to heart or lung diseases.”

Restricting vehicles left idling is part of Toronto's overall action plan to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and poor air quality. The City also encourages residents to consider alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling and using public transit. The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan is available at

For more tips and tools to help residents reduce emissions and help clean our air, visit

Reducing vehicle idling can help improve the air we breathe. The Air Quality Health Index is a new tool that measures air quality in terms of our health. Hourly readings and forecasts are available at

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 contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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