Display of addresses
The City of Toronto wants you to be seen and be found
When your address is clearly visible from the street everyone benefits: emergency vehicles can respond faster, deliveries of goods and services are easily made, and traffic flow improves as drivers can quickly spot an address they are seeking.
Help others find you:
Post your address with correctly sized numbers (based on the setback from the curb)
Place the number near the main entrance of the property
Ensure your address is clearly visible from the street:
Free the address of visual obstructions like bushes, trees, lawn furniture and signs
Ensure the number stands out from the building or sign it is affixed on
Place numbers in a well lit location, or use reflective numbers
Number size plays a key role in making sure your address can be clearly seen from the road. The City of Toronto has amended the Municipal Code, Chapter 598 – Numbering of Properties to ensure that all businesses and residences can be seen and found in Toronto.
The revised minimum sizes for numbers posted on properties will ensure that all emergency responders, delivery services, and other visitors can find you.
According to the Code, the further a posted address is from the street, the larger the number must be to clearly identify the property. The minimum number sizes also vary for residential and commercial properties. View a summary of the Chapter 598 - Numbering of Properties. See press release for City to correct size of residential property numbers.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to post a correctly sized number that is free of obstructions to ensure the address is easily seen and found.
Fun facts about City of Toronto addresses:
Number of addresses in the City of Toronto: approx. 433,000
How are numbers determined? (with some exceptions)
Even numbers are given to the north and west sides of streets
Odd numbers are given to the south and east sides of streets
On streets that run east-west, numbering begins closest to Yonge St.
On streets that run north-south, numbering begins closest to Lake Ontario
Clearly identified properties lead to faster response times from emergency service vehicles. In 2003:
Toronto’s Emergency Medical Service transported 142,000 patients
Toronto’s Fire Services responded to 9,259 fires and 2,081 rescues
Need more information?
Contact City of Toronto Survey & Utility Mapping:
City of Toronto
Survey & Utility Mapping
18 Dyas Rd., 4th floor,
Toronto, ON M3B 1V5