Free Street Parking Ending in Toronto This Week

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After three-and-half months, the free parking that was available throughout Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic will be coming to an end this week, according to the Toronto police.

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, the Toronto police said that parking enforcement had been suspended for a number of offences, such as on-street parking time limits.

However, now that the city is in Stage 2 of the province’s regional reopening of the economy and more restrictions are being lifted, the police said Tuesday that parking enforcement will be returning as of July 2 with a “phased-in approach over the next several weeks.”

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Starting July 2, the Parking Enforcement Unit will be returning to the regular enforcement of on-street parking regulations with a phased-in approach over the next several weeks.

On Thursday, the following parking violations will be enforced in a regular and routine manner:

  • Enforcement of change-over parking in areas where parking regulations require a change from one side of the street to the other;
  • Enforcement of paid on-street parking regulations

The police said members of the public will be required to move their vehicles to the permitted side of the street and pay for on-street parking, where required.

Parking Enforcement will continue to exercise discretion in other on-street areas and enforcement will only take place when necessary to ensure the safe flow of traffic.

The City says expired on-street parking permits can continue to be used while they work to reopen the permit office for online and phone permit sales later in the summer.

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