Candidates can display Toronto election signs starting Thursday, June 1

2023 May 31

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 1, candidates for Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor are allowed to put up and display election signs in Toronto.

Election signs may be displayed on private property, such as lawns and fences, with the consent of the property owner or occupant.

Signs may also be displayed on public property, such as boulevards or public utility poles on streets and roads. However, signs cannot be:

  • Within 1.5 metres of the curb or edge of pavement
  • Within 0.6 metres of either side of a sidewalk
  • Within 15 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a collector or arterial road
  • Within three metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a local road
  • On a median or island
  • Adjacent to a voting place, City of Toronto park or a facility owned or operated by the City.

Election signs may also be displayed:

  • On paid advertising space on bus shelters, garbage and recycling containers, and street installation where a permit is obtained
  • On TTC paid advertising space where a permit is obtained
  • On third-party advertising spaces (for example billboards)
  • On vehicles or trailers provided they are not parked at or adjacent to a voting place, City park or a facility owned or operated by the City.

If more than one sign is displayed at a location, each sign must be at least one metre apart, unless approved by the property owner/occupant when placed on private property, or by the property owner/occupant of the adjoining property when placed on public property.

The City may remove election signs that are in conflict with the Signs Bylaw, Article II – Election Signs . Candidates will be notified by the City and provided information on when and where confiscated signs can be retrieved. Any signs not retrieved may be recycled, destroyed or disposed of by the City.

All election signs must be removed by Thursday, June 29. Property owners/occupants and candidates are responsible for removing and disposing of election signs. Election signs should never be placed in the Blue Bin (recycling) but can be brought to certain City Drop-Off Depots for recycling. Locations and hours of operation for Drop-Off Depots that accept election signs are available on the City’s Drop-Off Depot Locations webpage .

To report election signs in conflict with the bylaw, people may contact 311 and submit a service request, including the name of the candidate or the third-party advertiser displaying the election sign, the address or location of the sign, description of specific landmarks if the address of the sign cannot be provided and the reason for the complaint.