Drivers rejoice, as there will be (technically) free parking available all over Toronto for the 2023 Easter long weekend.
The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit announced on Thursday that it will continue its longstanding tradition of not enforcing select on-street parking by-laws over the Easter long weekend.
Good Friday is tomorrow and it’s a long weekend! All of us at TPS Parking Enforcement want to wish everyone who celebrates a Happy + safe Easter, and to advise we will be operating under Public Holiday Enforcement both Good Friday & Easter Sunday ! 🐣🐰 pic.twitter.com/Fh7F51JEGm
— TPS Parking (@ParkingTPS) April 6, 2023
But that doesn’t mean you can park your car wherever you want.
The temporary relaxation on enforcement will apply to rush-hour routes and posted signs indicating Monday to Friday regulations on the following days:
Pay-and-display/metered areas are a notable omission from the parking exemptions for this year’s long weekend, meaning you may still have to dash to the car mid-brunch to top off that parking meter.
Parking Enforcement Officer Erin Urquhart suggests that on-street metered parking will not be enforced, though past news releases from Toronto Police have been clear to include these areas.
We do not enforce ON STREET metered parking or anything signed Monday-Friday ie: rush hour routes ..in summary.
— PEO Erin Urquhart (@TPS_BikeHart) April 6, 2023
Anyone banking on previous years’ experience with free parking on the Easter long weekend might return to find an unwelcome and costly surprise waiting on their windshield in the form of a ticket.
Police state that, other than the areas mentioned, “all other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.”