Mayor Rob Ford has kicked off an anti-postering campaign, part of the city’s Clean Toronto Together initiative to tidy up streets and neighbourhoods.
Ford, who has also led efforts to remove unwanted graffiti from stores and businesses, launched the anti-postering campaign with Coun. Vincent Crisanti at the corner of Kipling and Finch avenues on Wednesday morning.
Ford said residents should use the city’s street furniture kiosks and message boards — not hydro poles, bus shelters, utility boxes or newspaper boxes — for community posters. There are more than 900 postering structures and more will be added each year.
Enforcement officers will immediately begin enforcing the bylaw in Crisanti’s Ward 1 and expand their duties across the city beginning mid-July. Violators could face fines of between $300 and $500, the mayor said.
Through Clean Toronto Together, the city works with businesses and residents “to keep our streets clean of garbage, graffiti and illegal postering,” Ford said.
“A cleaner Toronto is good for everyone. A cleaner Toronto attracts more visitors and improves the city’s economic prosperity.”
Ford said that during the Clean Toronto Together spring cleanup volunteers removed 7,000 illegal posters as well as 3,700 tons of litter from arterial roads and 6,500 square metres of unwanted graffiti.
Back in May, the city issued a poster with an outline of the new guidelines.
The guidelines included a link to the city’s own postering bylaw, which suggests that it’s not illegal to affix “community posters” on utility poles.
There are some restrictions – posters must be no more than 22 centimetres by 28 centimetres, and only certain topics are allowed. But by and large, missing persons and advertisements for non-profit groups and political protests are allowed.
Ford also said you will be allowed to advertise a yard sale or a missing pet. But it’ll be your responsibility to remove the ad once the event is over or the pet has been found.
Click here to read the bylaw in full.