With our neighbourhood undergoing rapid intensification, battling noise pollution is more important than ever. The City is reviewing the Noise Bylaw and wants to hear from you. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect our growing and vibrant city, while enhancing the noise standards that protect residents.
The City began reviewing the Noise Bylaw in 2015. In 2016, a Noise Working Group was convened with stakeholders from resident associations, business improvement areas, the music and entertainment industry, the construction and building industry and other city divisions and agencies.
The Noise Working Group met nine times and concluded in 2017. The group reviewed current and proposed amendments to the noise bylaw and highlighted outstanding issues. In April 2018, a report documenting these outstanding issues and next steps in the noise bylaw review was brought to City Council.
The City has also undertaken additional research and consultation, and is now hosting five public consultations seeking feedback on emerging Noise Bylaw updates:
1. Power Equipment (for example: leaf blowers)
Monday January 28, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre Member’s Lounge (5100 Yonge St.)
2. Motor Vehicles
Tuesday January 29, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, Room 310 (55 John St.)
3. Amplified Sound (for example: music from bars)
Wednesday January 30, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West)
4. Construction Noise (for example: condo developments and residential infill)
Tuesday February 5, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation, Regent Park Lounge (585 Dundas St. East)
5. General Prohibition (for example: general noise that is likely to disturb others)
Wednesday February 6, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Garage (720 Bathurst St.)
Your feedback will be used to recommend updates to the Noise Bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019. You can also submit feedback by email until February 28, 2019 at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the Noise Bylaw Review is available on the City of Toronto website.