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Corridor Signing Policy

3. General Principles of the Policy

In this chapter:

  1. Legislative Act
  2. Applications And Permits
  3. Fees
  4. Classifications
  5. Compliance, Enforcement And Municipal Requirements

  1. Legislative Act
    • General

      The ministry's legal authority to regulate signing upon, or adjacent to, a provincial highway derives from Sections 34 and 38 of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (PTHIA).

    • For a King's Highway:

      34(2) Despite any general or special Act, regulation, by-law or other authority, no person shall, except under a permit therefor from the Minister,

      1. display any sign, notice or advertising device, whether it contains words or not, within 400 metres of any limit of the King's highway, other than,
        1. one sign not more than 60 centimetres by 30 centimetres in size displaying the name or the name and occupation of the owner of the premises where it is displayed or the name of the premises,
        2. a maximum of two single-sided signs, each being not more than 122 centimetres by 122 centimetres in size and facing in different directions, or one single-sided sign not more than 122 centimetres by 244 centimetres in size if,
          1. the signs display information about the sale of agricultural products, other than tobacco, that are produced and offered for sale on the premises where the signs are displayed, and
          2. the signs are displayed on premises that is zoned for agricultural uses and that is not owned by the Crown in right of Canada or the public sector as defined in subsection 2 (1) of the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996, or
        3. a maximum of two single-sided signs, each being not more than 122 centimetres by 122 centimetres in size and facing in different directions, or one single-sided sign not more than 122 centimetres by 244 centimetres in size if,
          1. the signs display directions to a place where agricultural products produced in Ontario, other than tobacco, are offered for sale or information about the sale,
          2. the owner of the signs also owns or rents the land on which the agricultural products mentioned in sub-subclause (A) were produced,
          3. the signs are displayed on premises that is zoned for agricultural uses and that is not owned by the Crown in right of Canada or the public sector as defined in subsection 2 (1) of the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996,
      2. (not applicable)
      3. sell, offer for sale or display produce, goods or merchandise upon the King's Highway;

      An "agricultural product" is defined in Section 34(1):

      "agricultural product" means an agricultural product that is not edible, an agricultural food product or a food product that is processed on a farm in Ontario from an agricultural food product;

    • For a Controlled-Access Highway:

      38(2) Despite any general or special Act, regulation, by-law or other authority, no person shall, except under a permit therefor from the Minister,

      1. sell, offer or expose for sale any vegetables, fruit or other produce or any goods or merchandise upon or within 45 metres of any limit of a controlled-access highway or within 395 metres of the centre point of an intersection;
      2. (not applicable)
      3. display any sign, notice or advertising device, whether it contains words or not, other than one sign not more than sixty centimetres by thirty centimetres in size displaying the name or the name and occupation of the owner of the premises to which it is affixed or the name of such premises within 400 metres of any limit of a controlled-access highway;
  2. Applications and Permits

    All visible signs within 400 m of any limit of a provincial highway require a Ministry issued permit, with the exception of one sign measuring not more than 0.18 m2 per property and certain signs advertising agricultural products. These permits shall be of such form and upon such terms and conditions, as the Ministry considers appropriate. Furthermore, these permits may be cancelled at the sole discretion of the Ministry.

  3. Fees

    The Ministry may prescribe a fee to be paid for any permit issued under the provisions of the PTHIA.

  4. Classifications

    Please refer to the appendix located at the back of this policy guideline for a list of sign classifications.

  5. Compliance, Enforcement and Municipal Requirements

    The placing of a sign that contravenes this policy, or the conditions included in the Ministry's approval, may result in prosecution and/or cancellation of any approvals or permits.

    The PTHIA provides the Ministry with the authority to issue a notice to a property owner/permit holder to alter and/or remove any non-complying signs. Furthermore, the Ministry may, as provided for under the legislation, legally enter upon private lands to do whatever is necessary to ensure compliance with that direction.

    Any person who contravenes Sections 34(2), 38(2), or fails to comply with a notice issued under the PTHIA, is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable for a fine.

    In addition to the conditions of a Ministry sign permit, a property owner/permit holder must meet all of the requirements of the local municipality and any other agency having jurisdiction over the placement of signs.