Item - 2017.LS19.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 4, 2017 with amendments.
  • City Council considered this item on May 24, 2017 and postponed its consideration to a later date. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • This item was considered by Licensing and Standards Committee on May 5, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on May 24, 2017.
  • See also By-law 1231-2017

LS19.1 - Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 4, 5, 6  and 7, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council amend Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs as follows:

 

1.  The following definitions be added to § 693-5. Definitions, in the appropriate locations in accordance with an alphabetical order:

 

"CAMPAIGN OFFICE SIGN - any sign containing sign copy which solely identifies the name of a candidate in a federal, provincial or municipal election, and the location of a candidate's campaign office, and contains no other message.

 

ELECTION SIGN PERIOD - The time between the date established under § 693-9A. for the commencement of the erection or display of election signs and the time established for the removal of election signs established under § 693-9D.

 

OUTSIDER ELECTION SIGN - Any sign, advertising or promoting a candidate in a municipal election, including an election of a local board or commission; or intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or bylaw submitted to the electors under section 8 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which has been erected and displayed without the authorization, direction or involvement of a candidate.

 

REGISTERED THIRD PARTY - In relation to an election in a municipality, an individual, corporation or trade union that is registered under section 88.6 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

 

STREET INSTALLATION DEDICATED ADVERTISING SPACE - An area approved and designated by the City for the purpose of displaying any colour, form, graphic, illumination, symbol or writing to convey information of any kind to the public, including but not limited to display of an advertisement, bill, handbill, leaflet, flyer or placard, located on a structure, including a bus shelter and a municipal garbage container located on a Highway, owned by or under the control of the City."

 

2. The existing definition of Election Sign contained in § 693-5. Definitions, be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

"ELECTION SIGN - Any sign, including an Outsider Election Sign:

 

A. Advertising or promoting a candidate in a federal, provincial or municipal election, including an election of a local board or commission; or

 

B. Intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or bylaw submitted to the electors under section 8 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

3. § 693-6. General requirements, is amended by deleting subsection 693-6.C and replacing the subsection with the following:

 

"C. No person shall pull down, move, remove, alter, deface or wilfully cause damage to a lawfully erected election sign except:

 

(1) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7B, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates or the owner or occupant of the abutting property; or

 

(b) The registered third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign.

 

(2) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7C, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The Toronto Transit Commission.

 

(3) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7D, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The City of Toronto.

 

(4) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-8, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The owner of the property upon which the sign is erected; or

 

(c) The occupant of the property upon which the sign is erected; or

 

(d) The registered third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign."

 

4. § 693-7. Election signs on public property, is amended by deleting section 693-7 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-7. Election signs on public property.

 

A. Election signs are not permitted anywhere on public property other than on:

 

(1) A highway, or a public utility pole located on a highway, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections B(1) and G, if applicable;

 

(2) A structure, including a bus shelter and a municipal garbage container, located on a highway, if permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the structure and the City or one of its agencies, boards or commissions, and provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections B(1)(e) to (g) and G, if applicable;

 

(3) A TTC dedicated advertising space, if permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the TTC dedicated advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission, and provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections C(1) and G, if applicable;

 

(4) A Street Installation dedicated advertising space, if permitted and erected or displayed in accordance with the terms and conditions of any agreement between the City concerning operation of the street installation dedicated advertising space and in accordance with Subsections D and G, if applicable;

 

(5) A third party sign located on public property, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections E and G, if applicable; or

 

(6) On the surface of vehicles or trailers located on public property, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections F and G, if applicable.

 

B. Regulations for signs on highways

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on highways, except highways upon which pedestrians are prohibited, if:

 

(a) The signs are no larger than 1.2 square metres in area and no higher than two metres above ground level;

 

(b) The signs are not located within 1.5 metres of the curb or the edge of pavement;

 

(c) On highways with sidewalks, the signs are not located within 0.6 metres of either side of the sidewalk;

 

(d) The signs are not located within 15 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a collector or arterial road and not located within 3 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a local road;

 

(e) The signs are not located on a median or island installed within the highway;

 

(f) The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

(g) The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place, City park or a facility that is owned or operated by the City;

 

(h) The signs are erected with the consent of the owner or occupant of the abutting property.

 

C. Regulations for signs on TTC dedicated advertising spaces

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on TTC dedicated advertising spaces, if:

 

(a) The signs are located on station advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the station advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the station advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the station advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than 2.3 square metres in area;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the Toronto Transit Commission.

 

(b) The signs are located on vehicle advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the vehicle advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the vehicle advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the vehicle advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than 2.7 square metres in area;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the Toronto Transit Commission.

 

D. Regulations for signs on Street Installation dedicated advertising spaces.

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on Street Installation dedicated advertising space, if:

 

(a) The signs are located on advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space and the City and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6 B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space and the City permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than the area of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the City and the owner of the street installation.

 

E. Notwithstanding the restrictions contained in §§ 693-6B(1) and 693-8A(1), an election sign may be erected or displayed as sign copy on a third party sign, provided:

 

(1) The sign is operating in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010; and

 

(2) The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place.

 

F. Regulations for signs on Vehicles and Trailers.

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed by being attached, affixed, painted or otherwise displayed on the surface of vehicles or trailers, located on public property provided:

 

(a) The signs erected or displayed on a vehicle or trailer do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines; and

 

(b) The signs are not erected or displayed on a vehicle or trailer that is parked, stopped or standing on or adjacent to a voting place, City park or facility that is owned or operated by the City.

 

G. Regulations for Outsider election signs on Public Property

 

(1) An outsider election sign may be erected on public property:

 

(a) The outsider election sign is erected in compliance with the provisions of § 693-6 otherwise applicable to the sign;

 

(b) The outsider election sign includes valid and up-to-date contact information for at least one individual responsible for the outsider election sign; and

 

(c) The third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign has registered with the City Clerk in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

5. § 693-8. Election signs on private property, is amended by deleting section 693-8 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-8. Election signs on private property.

 

A. Election signs may be erected or displayed on private property if:

 

(1) The signs are no larger than 1.2 square metres in area and no higher than two metres above ground level, save and except signs on campaign offices;

 

(2) The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

(3) The signs are erected with the consent of the owner or occupant of the property; and

 

(4) If an outsider election sign, the sign complies with Subsection C

 

B. Notwithstanding the restrictions contained in §§ 693-6B(1) and 693-8A(1), but subject to the restrictions of Subsection C, an election sign may be erected or displayed as sign copy on a third party sign, in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010.

 

C. An outsider election sign may be erected on private property if:

 

(1) The outsider election sign includes valid and up-to-date contact information for at least one individual responsible for the outsider election sign; and

 

(2) The third party advertiser has registered with the City Clerk in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

6. § 693-9. Timing, is amended by deleting section 693-9 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-9. Timing.

 

A. Election signs shall not be erected or displayed:

 

(1) For a federal election or provincial election until the day the writ of election is issued;

 

(2) For a municipal election until 25 days prior to voting day.

 

B. Notwithstanding Subsection A, where the day the writ of election is issued, or the 25th day prior to voting day or polling day as applicable, is a date of cultural or religious significance as indicated in the annual schedule of meetings adopted by Council and published by the City Clerk as required by §27-25 of Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, election signs shall not be erected or displayed until the first day after the date indicated in Subsection A, that is not is a date of cultural or religious significance indicated in Council's adopted annual schedule of meetings.

 

C. Election signs may be erected on campaign offices from the day the writ of election is issued for a federal election or provincial election, and up to 25 days prior to voting day for a municipal election, provided that:

 

(1) In the case of a candidate for the position of Councillor or Trustee, that right shall extend to no more than one campaign office in the ward where the candidate is running for election;

 

(2) In the case of a candidate for the position of Mayor, that right shall extend to no more than four campaign offices.

 

D. Election signs shall be removed within 72 hours after the completion of voting on voting day."

 

7. § 693-10. Removal of unlawful election signs, is amended by deleting section 693-10 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-10. Removal of unlawful election signs.

 

A. Removal of signs by City; storage; retrieval.

 

(1) If an election sign or a campaign office sign is erected or displayed in violation of this article, the appropriate City officials may cause the sign to be removed immediately without notice.

 

(2) Notwithstanding 693-6C, the appropriate City officials or persons acting under their direction may, on reasonable ground are of the belief that an election sign or a campaign office sign is erected or displayed in violation of this article cause the sign to be removed immediately without notice.

 

(3) Signs that have been removed under Subsection A(1) and (2) shall be stored by the City for 72 hours after the Election Sign Period.

 

(4) During the time the sign is stored under Subsection A(3), the owner of the sign or the owner's agent may retrieve the sign by providing the City with a signed acknowledgement and release in a form acceptable to the City.

 

(5) Any sign that has been removed by the City and stored in accordance with Subsection A(1),(2), and (3), may be recycled, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of by the City without notice and without compensation to the owner of the sign.

 

(6) Despite Subsection A(3), the City shall not be obliged to store signs made entirely of paper or other lightweight material and may destroy these signs immediately upon removal.

 

B. Notice for signs removed.

 

(1) Notice shall be given by means of email, registered mail, personal delivery, or facsimile transmission, to the candidate, within 24 hours of the removal of the sign.

 

(2) Notice provided in accordance with Subsection C(1) shall be deemed to be received the next business day."

 

8. Campaign Office Signs may be erected or displayed if the campaign office sign is a part of a sign structure erected or displayed in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 694 that would otherwise apply to the sign structure; or in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under the authority of the sign bylaw passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010."

 

2. City Council direct that the proposed changes come into force on January 1, 2018.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Solicitor, the City Clerk and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the October 2, 3 and 4, 2017 meeting of City Council on any additional enforcement as part of the forthcoming report on third party election advertising.

 

4. City Council receive the supplementary report (May 17, 2017) from the City Solicitor.

 

5. City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the supplementary report (May 17, 2017) from the City Solicitor remain confidential in its entirety as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege and relates to litigation or potential litigation.

 

Confidential Attachment 1 to the supplementary report (May 17, 2017) from the City Solicitor remains confidential in its entirety in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege and it relates to litigation or potential litigation.

Public Notice Given

Confidential Attachment - The receiving of advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege

Background Information (Committee)

(April 19, 2017) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103160.pdf
Attachment 1 - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103376.pdf
Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103377.pdf
(May 5, 2017) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103622.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(May 17, 2017) Supplementary report from the City Solicitor on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Election Signs and Impacts of Recent Municipal Elections Act amendments relating to Third Party Advertising (LS19.1a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-104816.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council adopt the following recommendations contained in the supplementary report (May 17, 2017) from the City Solicitor [LS19.1a]:

 

1. City Council receive this report for information.

 

2. City Council direct that the confidential information contained in Confidential Attachment 1 remain confidential in its entirety, as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege and relates to litigation or potential litigation.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Solicitor, the City Clerk and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report to the October 2, 3 and 4, 2017 meeting of City Council on any additional enforcement as part of the forthcoming report on third party election advertising.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council amend Licensing and Standards Recommendation 1.4 B. d. by adding the words "of a collector or arterial road and not located within 3 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a local road" so that it now reads as follows:

 

B. d. The signs are not located within 15 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a collector or arterial road and not located within 3 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover of a local road.

 

2.  City Council amend Licensing and Standards Recommendation 1.6 by deleting the words "21 days" and inserting the words "25 days" so that the recommendation now reads as follows:

 

6. § 693-9. Timing, is amended by deleting section 693-9 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-9. Timing.

 

A. Election signs shall not be erected or displayed:

 

(1) For a federal election or provincial election until the day the writ of election is issued;

 

(2) For a municipal election until 25 days prior to voting day.

 

B. Notwithstanding Subsection A, where the day the writ of election is issued, or the 25th day prior to voting day or polling day as applicable, is a date of cultural or religious significance as indicated in the annual schedule of meetings adopted by Council and published by the City Clerk as required by §27-25 of Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, election signs shall not be erected or displayed until the first day after the date indicated in Subsection A, that is not is a date of cultural or religious significance indicated in Council's adopted annual schedule of meetings.

 

C. Election signs may be erected on campaign offices from the day the writ of election is issued for a federal election or provincial election, and up to 25 days prior to voting day for a municipal election, provided that:

 

(1) In the case of a candidate for the position of Councillor or Trustee, that right shall extend to no more than one campaign office in the ward where the candidate is running for election;

 

(2) In the case of a candidate for the position of Mayor, that right shall extend to no more than four campaign offices.

 

D. Election signs shall be removed within 72 hours after the completion of voting on voting day."

 

3. City Council delete Licensing and Standards Recommendation 1.8.

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

1.8. § 693-11. Payment methods, is deleted and replaced in its entirety with the following:

 

"§ 693-11. Campaign office signs.

 

A. Campaign office signs may be erected or displayed if:

 

(1) The campaign office sign is erected on a campaign office;

 

(2) No more than one campaign office sign is erected on a campaign office;

 

(3) The campaign office sign does not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines; and

 

(4) The campaign office sign is erected or displayed:

 

(a) On a sign structure in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010; or

 

(b) The campaign office sign

 

i. is no larger than 2.5 square metres in area;

 

ii. has no more than one sign face; and

 

iii. the highest point of the sign is no higher than 4.0 metres above grade.

 

B. Campaign office signs shall not be erected or displayed:

 

(1) For a federal election or provincial election until the day the writ of election is issued.

 

(2) For a municipal election, the date the candidate files his or her nominations papers with the City Clerk.

 

C. Campaign office signs must be removed within 72 hours after the completion of voting on voting day."

 

and insert the following new recommendation:

 

1.8. Campaign Office Signs may be erected or displayed if the campaign office sign is a part of a sign structure erected or displayed in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 694 that would otherwise apply to the sign structure; or in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under the authority of the sign bylaw passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto,  still in effect as of April 5, 2010.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-04-2017 7:27 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS19.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, David Shiner

LS19.1 - Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 24, 25 and 26, 2017, deferred Item LS19.1 to the July 5, 6 and 7, 2017 meeting of City Council.

Public Notice Given

Confidential Attachment - The receiving of advice or communications that are subject to solicitor-client privilege

Background Information (Committee)

(April 19, 2017) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103160.pdf
Attachment 1 - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103376.pdf
Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103377.pdf
(May 5, 2017) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103622.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(May 17, 2017) Supplementary report from the City Solicitor on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Election Signs and Impacts of Recent Municipal Elections Act amendments relating to Third Party Advertising (LS19.1a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-103964.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Defer Item moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That consideration of the item be deferred until the July 5, 6 and 7, 2017 meeting of City Council.

LS19.1 - Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council amend Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs as follows:

 

1.  The following definitions be added to § 693-5. Definitions, in the appropriate locations in accordance with an alphabetical order:

 

"CAMPAIGN OFFICE SIGN - any sign containing sign copy which solely identifies the name of a candidate in a federal, provincial or municipal election, and the location of a candidate's campaign office, and contains no other message.

 

ELECTION SIGN PERIOD - The time between the date established under § 693-9A. for the commencement of the erection or display of election signs and the time established for the removal of election signs established under § 693-9D.

 

OUTSIDER ELECTION SIGN - Any sign, advertising or promoting a candidate in a municipal election, including an election of a local board or commission; or intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or bylaw submitted to the electors under section 8 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which has been erected and displayed without the authorization, direction or involvement of a candidate.

 

REGISTERED THIRD PARTY - In relation to an election in a municipality, an individual, corporation or trade union that is registered under section 88.6 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

 

STREET INSTALLATION DEDICATED ADVERTISING SPACE - An area approved and designated by the City for the purpose of displaying any colour, form, graphic, illumination, symbol or writing to convey information of any kind to the public, including but not limited to display of an advertisement, bill, handbill, leaflet, flyer or placard, located on a structure, including a bus shelter and a municipal garbage container located on a Highway, owned by or under the control of the City."

 

2. The existing definition of Election Sign contained in § 693-5. Definitions, be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

"ELECTION SIGN - Any sign, including an Outsider Election Sign:

 

A. Advertising or promoting a candidate in a federal, provincial or municipal election, including an election of a local board or commission; or

 

B. Intended to influence persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or bylaw submitted to the electors under section 8 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

3. § 693-6. General requirements, is amended by deleting subsection 693-6.C and replacing the subsection with the following:

 

"C. No person shall pull down, move, remove, alter, deface or wilfully cause damage to a lawfully erected election sign except:

 

(1) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7B, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates or the owner or occupant of the abutting property; or

 

(b) The registered third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign.

 

(2) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7C, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The Toronto Transit Commission.

 

(3) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-7D, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The City of Toronto.

 

(4) In the case of an election sign erected or displayed in accordance with § 693-8, with the consent of:

 

(a) The candidate to whom the sign relates; or

 

(b) The owner of the property upon which the sign is erected; or

 

(c) The occupant of the property upon which the sign is erected; or

 

(d) The registered third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign."

 

4. § 693-7. Election signs on public property, is amended by deleting section 693-7 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-7. Election signs on public property.

 

A. Election signs are not permitted anywhere on public property other than on:

 

(1) A highway, or a public utility pole located on a highway, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections B(1) and G, if applicable;

 

(2) A structure, including a bus shelter and a municipal garbage container, located on a highway, if permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the structure and the City or one of its agencies, boards or commissions, and provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections B(1)(e) to (g) and G, if applicable;

 

(3) A TTC dedicated advertising space, if permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the TTC dedicated advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission, and provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections C(1) and G, if applicable;

 

(4) A Street Installation dedicated advertising space, if permitted and erected or displayed in accordance with the terms and conditions of any agreement between the City concerning operation of the street installation dedicated advertising space and in accordance with Subsections D and G, if applicable;

 

(5) A third party sign located on public property, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections E and G, if applicable; or

 

(6) On the surface of vehicles or trailers located on public property, provided there is compliance with the requirements of Subsections F and G, if applicable.

 

B. Regulations for signs on highways

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on highways, except highways upon which pedestrians are prohibited, if:

 

(a) The signs are no larger than 1.2 square metres in area and no higher than two metres above ground level;

 

(b) The signs are not located within 1.5 metres of the curb or the edge of pavement;

 

(c) On highways with sidewalks, the signs are not located within 0.6 metres of either side of the sidewalk;

 

(d) The signs are not located within 15 metres of an intersection or pedestrian crossover;

 

(e) The signs are not located on a median or island installed within the highway;

 

(f) The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

(g) The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place, City park or a facility that is owned or operated by the City;

 

(h) The signs are erected with the consent of the owner or occupant of the abutting property.

 

C. Regulations for signs on TTC dedicated advertising spaces

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on TTC dedicated advertising spaces, if:

 

(a) The signs are located on station advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the station advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the station advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the station advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than 2.3 square metres in area;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the Toronto Transit Commission.

 

(b) The signs are located on vehicle advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the vehicle advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the vehicle advertising space and the Toronto Transit Commission permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the vehicle advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than 2.7 square metres in area;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the Toronto Transit Commission.

 

D. Regulations for signs on Street Installation dedicated advertising spaces.

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed on Street Installation dedicated advertising space, if:

 

(a) The signs are located on advertising space as permitted under the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space and the City and;

 

[1] The sign is not illuminated as required by § 693-6 B(1), unless the terms and conditions of any agreement between the owner or operator of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space and the City permits the erection or display of illuminated signs on the advertising space;

 

[2] The signs are no larger than the area of the Street Installation dedicated advertising space;

 

[3] The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

[4] The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place; and

 

[5] The signs are erected or displayed with the consent of the City and the owner of the street installation.

 

E. Notwithstanding the restrictions contained in §§ 693-6B(1) and 693-8A(1), an election sign may be erected or displayed as sign copy on a third party sign, provided:

 

(1) The sign is operating in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010; and

 

(2) The signs are not erected or displayed on or adjacent to a voting place.

 

F. Regulations for signs on Vehicles and Trailers.

 

(1) Election signs may be erected or displayed by being attached, affixed, painted or otherwise displayed on the surface of vehicles or trailers, located on public property provided:

 

(a) The signs erected or displayed on a vehicle or trailer do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines; and

 

(b) The signs are not erected or displayed on a vehicle or trailer that is parked, stopped or standing on or adjacent to a voting place, City park or facility that is owned or operated by the City.

 

G. Regulations for Outsider election signs on Public Property

 

(1) An outsider election sign may be erected on public property:

 

(a) The outsider election sign is erected in compliance with the provisions of § 693-6 otherwise applicable to the sign;

 

(b) The outsider election sign includes valid and up-to-date contact information for at least one individual responsible for the outsider election sign; and

 

(c) The third party advertiser responsible for the outsider election sign has registered with the City Clerk in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

5. § 693-8. Election signs on private property, is amended by deleting section 693-8 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-8. Election signs on private property.

 

A. Election signs may be erected or displayed on private property if:

 

(1) The signs are no larger than 1.2 square metres in area and no higher than two metres above ground level, save and except signs on campaign offices;

 

(2) The signs do not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines;

 

(3) The signs are erected with the consent of the owner or occupant of the property; and

 

(4) If an outsider election sign, the sign complies with Subsection C

 

B. Notwithstanding the restrictions contained in §§ 693-6B(1) and 693-8A(1), but subject to the restrictions of Subsection C, an election sign may be erected or displayed as sign copy on a third party sign, in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010.

 

C. An outsider election sign may be erected on private property if:

 

(1) The outsider election sign includes valid and up-to-date contact information for at least one individual responsible for the outsider election sign; and

 

(2) The third party advertiser has registered with the City Clerk in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996."

 

6. § 693-9. Timing, is amended by deleting section 693-9 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-9. Timing.

 

A. Election signs shall not be erected or displayed:

 

(1) For a federal election or provincial election until the day the writ of election is issued;

 

(2) For a municipal election until 21 days prior to voting day.

 

B. Notwithstanding Subsection A, where the day the writ of election is issued, or the 21st day prior to voting day or polling day as applicable, is a date of cultural or religious significance as indicated in the annual schedule of meetings adopted by Council and published by the City Clerk as required by §27-25 of Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, election signs shall not be erected or displayed until the first day after the date indicated in Subsection A, that is not is a date of cultural or religious significance indicated in Council's adopted annual schedule of meetings.

 

C. Election signs may be erected on campaign offices from the day the writ of election is issued for a federal election or provincial election, and up to 21 days prior to voting day for a municipal election, provided that:

 

(1) In the case of a candidate for the position of Councillor or Trustee, that right shall extend to no more than one campaign office in the ward where the candidate is running for election;

 

(2) In the case of a candidate for the position of Mayor, that right shall extend to no more than four campaign offices.

 

D. Election signs shall be removed within 72 hours after the completion of voting on voting day."

 

7. § 693-10. Removal of unlawful election signs, is amended by deleting section 693-10 and replacing the entire section with the following:

 

"§ 693-10. Removal of unlawful election signs.

 

A. Removal of signs by City; storage; retrieval.

 

(1) If an election sign or a campaign office sign is erected or displayed in violation of this article, the appropriate City officials may cause the sign to be removed immediately without notice.

 

(2) Notwithstanding 693-6C, the appropriate City officials or persons acting under their direction may, on reasonable ground are of the belief that an election sign or a campaign office sign is erected or displayed in violation of this article cause the sign to be removed immediately without notice.

 

(3) Signs that have been removed under Subsection A(1) and (2) shall be stored by the City for 72 hours after the Election Sign Period.

 

(4) During the time the sign is stored under Subsection A(3), the owner of the sign or the owner's agent may retrieve the sign by providing the City with a signed acknowledgement and release in a form acceptable to the City.

 

(5) Any sign that has been removed by the City and stored in accordance with Subsection A(1),(2), and (3), may be recycled, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of by the City without notice and without compensation to the owner of the sign.

 

(6) Despite Subsection A(3), the City shall not be obliged to store signs made entirely of paper or other lightweight material and may destroy these signs immediately upon removal.

 

B. Notice for signs removed.

 

(1) Notice shall be given by means of email, registered mail, personal delivery, or facsimile transmission, to the candidate, within 24 hours of the removal of the sign.

 

(2) Notice provided in accordance with Subsection C(1) shall be deemed to be received the next business day."

 

8. § 693-11. Payment methods, is deleted and replaced in its entirety with the following:

 

"§ 693-11. Campaign office signs.

 

A. Campaign office signs may be erected or displayed if:

 

(1) The campaign office sign is erected on a campaign office;

 

(2) No more than one campaign office sign is erected on a campaign office;

 

(3) The campaign office sign does not interfere with the safe operation of motor vehicular traffic, cyclists, and with the safety of pedestrians, and must not obstruct visibility or block sightlines; and

 

(4) The campaign office sign is erected or displayed:

 

(a) On a sign structure in accordance with the requirements of the applicable permit issued under Chapter 694, or under the authority of a sign by-law passed by the City, former area municipality, or the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, still in effect as of April 5, 2010; or

 

(b) The campaign office sign

 

i. is no larger than 2.5 square metres in area;

 

ii. has no more than one sign face; and

 

iii. the highest point of the sign is no higher than 4.0 metres above grade.

 

B. Campaign office signs shall not be erected or displayed:

 

(1) For a federal election or provincial election until the day the writ of election is issued.

 

(2) For a municipal election, the date the candidate files his or her nominations papers with the City Clerk.

 

C. Campaign office signs must be removed within 72 hours after the completion of voting on voting day."

 

2. City Council direct that the proposed changes come into force on January 1, 2018.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Licensing and Standards Committee requested the City Solicitor to report directly to City Council on positive or negative impacts on the implementation of the third party advertising amendments resulting from the Modernized Municipal Elections Act.

 

The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards Division gave a presentation on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs.

Origin

(April 19, 2017) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards

Summary

This report responds to direction from the Licensing and Standards Committee at its meetings of May 26 and August 18, 2014, which requested, among other things, a review of the current Election Signs Bylaw, as well as direction from City Council at its meeting of December 13-15, 2016, which requested staff to report on the impacts of the recently amended Municipal Elections Act on the Election Signs Bylaw, including provisions related to third party advertising.

 

Staff are proposing a series of amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs to simplify and clarify bylaw requirements, address concerns previously raised by the Ombudsman and the Auditor General regarding a number of administrative challenges experienced with the current bylaw, and take into account and reflect changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, respecting third party advertising in elections.

 

The proposed amendments include:

 

- eliminating the current election sign deposit, waiver/affidavits process, and fee structure for the removal and storage of improperly displayed election signs;


- reducing the time period for which election signs for a municipal election may be displayed from 25 days to 21 days prior to voting day;


- reducing the timeframe for which the City retains seized election signs from 30 days to 72 hours after the completion of voting on election day;


- clarifying regulations for the display of "campaign office signs";


- new regulations, similar to existing regulations for TTC dedicated advertising space, that allow election signs on the dedicated advertising space on street furniture;


- new regulations to allow election signs on vehicles and trailers, provided that signage does not obstruct visibility/block sightlines, and is not located adjacent to a voting place, City park, or facility that is owned or operated by the City;


- eliminating regulation around the indoor display of election signs;


- additional clarification around requirements for election sign placement on public property to address public safety/sight line obstructions; and


- modifying definitions to capture third party advertising signs and introducing additional provisions; in line with changes to the Municipal Elections Act.
 

The City Solicitor is expected to report out separately on any issues arising from the amendments to the Municipal Elections Act and the broader implications of third party advertising in municipal elections.

 

City Clerk's Office and Legal Services were consulted in the preparation of this report.

Background Information

(April 19, 2017) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103160.pdf
Attachment 1 - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103376.pdf
Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103377.pdf
(May 5, 2017) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-103622.pdf

Speakers

Alan Kasperski, The Green Party of Toronto

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jon Burnside (Lost)

That City Council amend Attachment 1, Proposed Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs, to provide that the time period for which election signs for a municipal election may be displayed is 25 days prior to voting day.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-05-2017

Result: Lost Majority Required - Motion 1 moved by Councillor Jon Burnside
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Jon Burnside, Jim Karygiannis
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)

That City Council amend Attachment 1, Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs, to require that signs erected on public property must have the consent of the owner or occupant of the abutting property.


3 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Lost)

That Motion 1 by Councillor Burnside be amended to provide that the time period for which election signs for a municipal election may be displayed 30 days prior to voting day.

Vote (Amend Motion) May-05-2017

Result: Lost Majority Required - Motion 3 moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Jon Burnside, Jim Karygiannis
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend Attachment 1, Proposed Amendments to Chapter 693, Signs, Article II, Election Signs, to permit campaign office signs to be erected or displayed from the date the candidate files his or her nomination papers with the City Clerk.

 

2. The City Solicitor report directly to City Council on positive or negative impacts on the implementation of the third party advertising amendments resulting from the Modernized Municipal Elections Act.


4b - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-05-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required - Motion 4b moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Jim Karygiannis
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council