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ML&S Policy, Research, Public Consultations and Events

Municipal Licensing & Standards conducts municipal legislative research and reviews which include in-depth consultation with the public, businesses and other key stakeholders.  

We invite you to share your views at a meeting, by filling out an online survey, or emailing or calling us.

 

What's happening

ExpandTow Truck Bylaw Review

Have your say at an upcoming meeting about tow truck services in Toronto

Stakeholder Workshop #1

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 308/309

55 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Specific towing industry stakeholders will be invited to attend these workshops to provide input on potential by-law amendments the City is considering, including updates to the current towing rates.

This meeting is by invitation only. Please contact us if you would like to attend.

Stakeholder Workshop #2 - Licensed Tow Truck Owners and Drivers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 308/309

55 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

The City's licensed tow truck owners and drivers will be invited to attend these workshops to provide input on potential by-law amendments the City is considering, including updates to the current towing rates.

This meeting is by invitation only. Please contact us if you would like to attend.

Public Meeting

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 308/309

55 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Industry stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting to provide input on potential by-law amendments the City is considering, including updates to the current towing rates.

This is an open meeting; anyone may attend.

Can't make these meetings? 

Email lorraine.chua@toronto.ca with your comments.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you require accommodation to participate in these meetings.

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Have your say on short-term rentals through an online survey and public meetings. 

Public Meeting #1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5V7

Public Meeting #2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Livestream available at Get Involved Toronto YouTube Channel

Can't attend the meetings? Participate online.

Online Survey 
An online survey will be launched on March 28, 2017.

Livestream

The April 12 public meeting will be livestreamed.  

Send us your comments

Send us your comments or input directly at: amy.buitenhuis@toronto.ca

Stakeholder Meetings

Meetings are being held with key stakeholders during the week of April 3, 2017. If you would like more information about these meetings, contact Amy Buitenhuis at amy.buitenhuis@toronto.ca.

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ExpandOpen letter to the restaurant industry - February 7, 2017

February 6, 2017

 AN OPEN LETTER TO TORONTO'S RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

We hear you.

On January 30, the City of Toronto hosted a consultation to discuss proposed increases to the application and permit fees charged to restaurant and convenience store operators for use of the sidewalk for patio and marketing purposes.

Included in the January 30 presentation were "proposed fees", which were based on a market value analysis, performed by the City's Real Estate Services division. The approach to fees intends to reflect a balance between the market value of the city's sidewalk with the broader public benefits that patios bring to the City. Stakeholder consultation and input is a key component to striking that balance.

Through business owners, residents and the widespread media coverage, we understand that the fees that were presented for consultation purposes have caused concern and uncertainty in the industry. That was not the intent.

This consultation, though focused on permit fees, is a part of a larger review including harmonization of existing bylaws and development of guidelines to manage the competing uses of our city sidewalks, including patio and marketing displays.

I want you to know that we recognize the importance of the restaurant industry and of small business in general and know that patios play an important role in the vibrancy of our city.

We are listening.There have been no decisions or recommendations made on these fees, and your feedback and input into this process has been invaluable.

We are continuing to take your feedback into consideration and are working with other City Divisions (such as Economic Development and Transportation Services) and all other stakeholders throughout this review. There will be further opportunities for you to participate. Additional information will be posted to the project website, www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay, as this project continues.

I look forward to your continued engagement.

Tracey Cook

Executive Director

Municipal Licensing & Standards

ExpandRental Apartment Building Program

Thank you to everyone that took our recent survey on Licensing Rental Apartment Buildings. The results of this survey will be summarized and considered as part of the City's report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in the fall. 

 

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Municipal Reviews

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collage of 5 temporary signsThe City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of Chapter 693, Signs.  

At the direction of the Licensing and Standards Committee, a review was completed of the existing election sign bylaw in 2014 (Chapter 693, Article II).  ML&S is now reviewing the amendments previously proposed with respect to election signs, as part of an overall review of Chapter 693, Signs. This will also include a review of temporary signs, including a new category of "civic participation signs".   Details of each review are below. 

2015 Review - Elections, Temporary Signs and Civic Participation Signs

Municipal Licensing and Standards is reviewing the amendments previously proposed with respect to election signs, as part of an overall review of Chapter 693, Signs. This will also include a review of temporary signs, including a new category of "civic participation signs".  

Temporary Signs

Municipal Licensing and Standards is looking to replace Chapter 693, Signs, Article III, Temporary Signs with general regulations that cover the various types of temporary signs.

Civic Participation Signs

Municipal Licensing and Standards is looking at developing regulations to allow residents to display temporary signs on private property to express messages on issues of public interest, as a form of civic participation. Staff received this direction at the December 2013 Licensing and Standards Committee.

Related documentation:

Phases of the Current Signs Review

The review is being undertaken in three overlapping phases:

  • Phase 1: Research and Analysis – August to October 2015
  • Phase 2: Public and Stakeholder Consultations – October 2015
  • Phase 3: Report – November 2015

 (November 26, 2015 Licensing & Standards Committee,  December 9, 2015 City Council)

2014 Review - Election Signs

Overview

At the direction of the Licensing and Standards Committee at its meeting on May 26, 2014, Municipal Licensing and Standards conducted a review of the City's existing election signs bylaw, pursuant to Chapter 693, Article II, and reported back to the August 18, 2014 meeting on recommended changes.

As part of the report, ML&S consulted with candidates and members of the public on:

  • the timing of election signs
  • the $250 refundable election sign deposit
  • the affidavit/waiver of fees/fines process
  • placement of election signs
  • fees and storage of unlawfully erected election signs
  • payment methods

Related documentation:

Phases of the Review

The review proceeded in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Research and Analysis – June 2014
  • Phase 2: Stakeholder Consultations – July 2014
  • Phase 3: Report – August 2014

Phase 1: Research and Analysis

June 2014

Staff performed research and analysis into the existing bylaw, election sign issues experienced in previous elections, options to address the issues identified, and conducted a jurisdictional scan of the election sign bylaws of other municipalities.

Phase 2: Stakeholder Consultations

July 2014

Based on the findings in the first phase of the review, staff consulted with stakeholders on potential amendments to the current by-law governing election signs.

Staff accepted input through consultations, meetings, emails to lchua@toronto.ca, voice messages left at 416-338-3594, and written submissions.

Review the presentation delivered at the public consultation on July 16th at City Hall, and the summary of the input.

Phase 3: Report

August 2014
Based on the research, analysis, and consultations, staff reported to the Licensing and Standards Committee on amendments to Chapter 693, Article II, Election Signs.

The report with recommendations was introduced at the August 18, 2014 meeting.  View the presentation delivered by ML&S to the Licensing & Standards Committee.

Council Decision

Staff brought forward a report: Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs to the August 18, 2014 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee and a further report: Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs – Additional Amendments to the August 25th Meeting of City Council.

City Council referred the item back to the Licensing and Standards Committee for further consideration in the second quarter of 2015.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.LS30.1

As of October 2015, the current regulations governing Election Signs remain unchanged.

Placement of Election Signs – Frequently Asked Questions

Download the PDF version of this section.

What is an election sign?

An election sign is any sign:

  • advertising or promoting a candidate in an election, or
  • intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate

 When can election signs be erected/displayed?

  • 25 days prior to election day for municipal elections

When do election signs have to be removed?

  • 72 hours after the completion of voting on election day

What is the maximum allowable size of an election sign?

Election signs must be no larger than 1.2 square metres in area, except on:

  • campaign offices
  • on TTC dedicated advertising space, where signs may be up to 2.3 square metres in area

 

How high can election signs be erected/displayed?

  • Outdoors, election signs must be no higher than two metres above ground level, except on campaign offices
  • Indoors, election signs in buildings on private property, may be displayed higher than 2 metres 

What restrictions must be followed?

All election signs must not:

  • be illuminated
  • be attached to trees
  • interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or pedestrian safety

Where can election signs be erected/displayed?

 
Private Property:
  • with the consent of the owner/occupant of the property
  • on an illuminated billboard (with a permit issued under the applicable sign bylaw)
  • on a highway or a public utility pole located on a highway
  • on a structure including a bus shelter and a municipal garbage container located on a highway (under agreement with the City or its Agencies, Boards, or Commissions)
  • on Toronto Transit Commission dedicated advertising space (under agreement with TTC)

Public Property:

 On a highway, election signs must not be erected/displayed:

  • within 1.5 metres of the curb or edge of pavement on highways without sidewalks
  • between the curb and the sidewalk on highways with sidewalks
  • within 15 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover
  • on a median or island
  • adjacent to a voting place, City park or a facility that is owned or operated by the City
  • without the consent of the owner/occupant of the property

Can election signs be erected/displayed on fences?

Yes, provided that they are erected/displayed with the consent of the owner/occupant of the property

Diagram showing location where Election Signs can be placed

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