Government Affairs

City of Toronto – Enforcement of Inspection Requirements & Field Review Letters

The city of Toronto has made some changes to the enforcement of inspections and receiving field review letters (where required). These are outlined in the document attached below. All new enforcement standards are effective immediately and will apply to permits that were issued after August 1, 2018.

October 2018

City of Burlington: Proposed Sign Bylaw Amendment

City of Burlington is proposing an amendment to the City of Burlington Sign By-law. The proposed amendment is related to Section 9 of the Sign By-law dealing with sign variances. At the moment, all sign variance applications in Burlington go to council for a decision. This adds considerable processing time to obtain a decision on something that is typically quite simple. The Department of Urban planning is proposing to completely revise Section 9 of the Sign By-law so that sign variances can be approved by staff instead of the council. This will create a more efficient and effective approval process for minor deviations from the Sign By-law. Other than revising Section 9 of the Sign By-law to allow staff approval for sign variances, all other sections of the Sign By-law remain the same. Currently, they are targeting bringing this to the council in November 2018. We believe this is a very good development for our industry. However, if you have any questions or concerns please connect with OSA ED Karin Eaton at or connect directly with City of Burlington’s Manager of Urban Design Jamie Tellier at or 905.335.7600 x7892

September 2018

City of Oakville - Planning & Development recorded meeting, July 9, 2018

City of Oakville - Planning & Development recorded meeting July 9, 2018.

July 2018

Sign By-law Review - Oakville - Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

Planning and Development Council Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road South Atrium Sign By-law 2006-005 has been in effect for 10 years with multiple amendments that have affected the regulation of various sign types including but not limited to mobile signs, fascia signs and advertising signs. A review was initiated to ensure the town’s regulations address the needs of local businesses, while reflecting the town’s objectives and unique character. Following public feedback, the sign by-law has been reviewed and there is now a draft by-law ready to present to council. To review the proposed by-law please visit and search sign by-law review.

June 2018