Toronto seeks input on sign and billboard regulations

Tuesday, March 3, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Committee Room 1

The City of Toronto is looking for input from the public and business owners on potential changes to the City of Toronto Act and the Toronto Sign Bylaw. The proposed changes would increase the City’s ability to implement and enforce the Sign Bylaw.

At the January 8 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, staff recommended that Council request the Province to amend the City of Toronto Act so that the Toronto Sign Bylaw could apply to signs and billboards that existed prior to the current Sign Bylaw being enacted in 2010.

If approved by the Province of Ontario, the amendment to the City of Toronto Act could restore the level of authority back to similar levels that prior to 1983 existed for municipalities in Ontario, and that currently exist in other large Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Montreal.

In response to the staff recommendations, City Council requested that staff hold public and stakeholder consultations on this request to the Province, and report back to Council in April of this year on how the City should address existing non-conforming signs if the Province amends the City of Toronto Act.

All residents, property owners, businesses and members of the public are invited to attend one of the following workshops from 7 to 9 p.m. to speak with City staff about their thoughts and ideas on this subject. A brief presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Committee Room 1

Specific issues being considered as part of this consultation include:
to which signs and billboards should the current Sign Bylaw apply?
to what extent should the current Sign Bylaw apply to lawfully existing signs and billboards that dont meet the current requirements of the Sign Bylaw (because they existed prior to the current bylaw being enacted), if at all?
if existing signs and billboards dont comply with the current Sign Bylaw and are required to comply, how should the City go about achieving compliance?

For those unable to attend in person, comments can be sent directly to signbylawunit@toronto.ca.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/signs.