Toronto offers travelers and residents alike a wide variety of activities to explore within its city limits and the local government makes parking tricky. When you’re looking for parking, expect to compete with a high volume of people who are also looking for the most popular spots and a variety of parking regulations.
Keep reading to find out about Toronto parking rules and discover tips and tricks to find the best parking spots near your destination.
Pay attention to Toronto parking rules to make sure you don’t end up with a ticket on your windshield. Here is some useful knowledge to find the best parking near your destination:
Here’s how to read the parking signs you’ll come across while parking in the city:
No Parking – This spot is only for loading and unloading of passengers and merchandise. Stay in your vehicle while you’re in this spot.
No Standing – You may only pick up or drop off passengers here. No idling on the road.
No Stopping – No stopping her for any reason, not even to pick up or drop off passengers.
No Parking Except by Permit – This sign means you can park here outside the hours of midnight and 7 AM unless you have a permit, in which case you’re able to part even during restricted hours.
Time Restricted Parking – This sign tells you how long you’re able to park on the street during non-restricted hours.
If you aren’t having any luck with street parking, keep an eye out for circular green signs with a “P” in the middle. These indicate the Toronto Parking Authority’s 160 municipal parking lots.
Parking overnight in Toronto is illegal. You’re able to park for up to 3 hours, but after that, any street parking is liable for ticketing unless you have a parking permit. If you want to try your luck, the police only ticket vehicles overnight if they’ve been reported by passersby or businesses.
|Parking at an expired meter||$30|
|Obstructing a lane or driveway||$40|
|Parking/standing in an authorized car-share vehicle parking area||$60|
|Unauthorized parking on Boulevard||$50|
|Parking within 3 meters of a fire hydrant||$100|
|Stopping in a bicycle lane||$150|
|Parking in a fire route||$250|
|Parking in an accessible space without a valid permit||$450|
If you think your car has been towed, call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency line at 406-808-2222. Make sure you have your license plate number and the location where you parked. If your car has been towed, the dispatcher will connect you with the towing company that has taken possession of your vehicle.
Expect to pay close to $150 for the tow and daily storage costs that can range from $50-80.
There are no citywide parking holidays, but if you see a street parking sign that says “No Parking Except Weekend and Holidays,” you can park on the following days:
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Family Day||February 17|
|Good Friday||April 19|
|Victoria Day||May 20|
|Canada Day||July 1|
|Labour Day||September 2|
|Thanksgiving Day||October 14|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|Boxing Day||December 26|
It’s also possible that the Toronto police aren’t enforcing the payment requirement on a holiday, but it’s up to them to decide. Please check with the Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit, to determine if the payment requirement is being enforced on a holiday.