Streets get named, renamed or assigned a ceremonial name under the Toronto City Council-adopted Street Naming Policy.
By using the Street Naming Application Form, Consent of Named Party Form and Consent of Named Party’s Representative Form, you can request to name, rename or assign a ceremonial name to a City street. Requests must meet the criteria set out in the Street Naming Policy.
What does the Street Naming Policy do?
The Street Naming Policy outlines the basis to name or rename a street or assign a ceremonial name to a street. A street is any existing or proposed public or private street, lane or walkway within the city of Toronto.
Toronto City Council approved the policy in October 2017.
What is the difference between naming or renaming a street and assigning a ceremonial name to a street?
Street naming refers to the legal name of a street. This is the name used for addressing and emergency response identification.
Ceremonial naming assigns a secondary name to a street that already has an official name. These names are symbolic, usually to honour an individual, event or an organization. They do not replace the legal name of the street.
What is the process to request to name or rename or to assign a ceremonial name to a street?
Use the Street Naming Application Form to request a name/ rename a city street or to assign a ceremonial name to a city street.
Staff will check the proposed name and application under the Street Naming Policy.
Staff may contact the applicant for more information. Then make a recommendation to community council.
How long does it take to name a street?
It takes, on average, 3 to 6 months following the submission of a complete application.
Can a street have a ceremonial name in honour of an individual, event or organization?
Considered under the policy are names of individuals, events or organizations.
Any name on behalf of an individual, event or organization requires the written consent of the named party or the named party’s representative.
Where there is no consent, despite reasonable efforts to get it, the City may approve the name if:
- there is no refusal to provide consent or legal concerns
- the applicant is able to show efforts to get consent to the satisfaction of the City
What type of community support does it take to name or rename a street?
To name an existing unnamed street, not a new development, it takes documented support such as petitions and support letters. These documents come from:
- property owners or residents who directly abut the unnamed street
- local community members or organizations
- or both
The request is to rename a street requires documented support from 75 per cent of property owners that abut the Street.
What type of community support does it take to assign a ceremonial name to a street?
A request to assign a ceremonial name to the street requires:
- documented support such as petitions and support letters from the local community where the street is