A new pilot project to permit backyard hens in four City of Toronto wards is on its way.


Keeping chickens or hens that are not registered with the City is prohibited and may result in the hens being seized. Roosters will not be permitted.

Registration requirements are being developed and must be followed before any hens can be kept in these four wards:

  • Ward 5 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
  • Ward 13 (Parkdale-High Park)
  • Ward 21 (St. Paul’s)
  • Ward 32 (Beaches-East York)

Read Council’s decision. More details to come.

Backyard Hens Remain Prohibited Unless:

  • you live in one of the four wards listed above AND
  • you register your backyard hens

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