Paying Parking Tickets with Toys?


What would you say if from Nov. 1 until Dec. 1 you could pay your parking tickets with a toy?

City Council will be asked during Monday evening’s meeting to aprove a new pilot project that may allow this.

Toys for Tickets is an initiative that would allow people to pay their parking tickets from Nov. 1 – Dec. 1 with toys that would be donated to Christmas Cheer.

“City Staff recommend a one year pilot for the “Toys for Tickets” program,” says a report in the Council agenda.


  • Payment of parking fines in the form of new toys(unwrapped) will be permitted from November 1 to December 1 (excluding Accessible Parking Fines) for 2019.
  • A receipt of purchase of equal or greater value must be provided with the new toy at 111 Huron St. Sault Ste. Marie (Transit Main Office).
  • All toys will be included into the annual “Stuff a Bus” fundraiser to support this long standing Transit fundraising tradition.
  • Gift cards will not be accepted.
  • All toys must be provided to the indicated location by Dec. 13, 2019 to qualify.

At the December 10, 2018 Council Meeting the following resolution was passed to bring forward a report to review the option of paying tickets with toys for the time frame of Nov. 1 – Dec. 1, 2019.

The following was the resolution that was passed at that meeting:

Whereas the City of Orillia has run a ‘Toys for Tickets’ campaign since 2005; and Whereas the Toys for Tickets campaign runs from November 1 to December 1 each year; and Whereas any person who receives a parking ticket (save and except accessible parking infractions) from November 1 to December 1 each year can bring in a toy of equal or greater value to satisfy the parking ticket; and Whereas Sault Ste. Marie’s Christmas Cheer program is always looking for additional toys at Christmas time; and Now Therefore Be It Resolved that staff provide a report on a Sault Ste. Marie Toys for Tickets program beginning in November 2019 and running annually thereafter; and Further that staff consult with Christmas Cheer to gauge their interest and willingness to participate in such a program.

Since that, Staff have reached out to the City of Orillia and Bradford West Gwillimbury, who both have implemented this initiative.

A report in the Council agenda shows the results from these initiatives.

“In Orillia the annual event started in 2006and has raised more than $31,000 in toys which have been donated to local charity groups in lieu of parking tickets (13th year).

The process to donate involves bringing your parking ticket along with an unwrapped new toy in its original packaging and proof of purchase to the Treasury Department during regular business hours in early December annually. The value of the toy must be equal to, or exceed, the amount owing on the fine.

Further relevant information on the process:

• Every person who receives a parking ticket (excluding accessible parking violations) between November 1 and December 1 annuallyis eligible to participate. Whereby the parking ticket recipient pays the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy.

• Gift cards are not accepted.The toy’s receipt and the parking violation must be presented at the time of payment. The value of the toy must be equal to or exceed the amount owing on the fine. For example, if the fine amount is $30.00, then the total value of the toy must be equal to or exceed $30.00 (including taxes).

• Donations of more than one toy are accepted as long as the total cost is equal to or exceeds the fine amount.Toy donations that total the infraction’s early payment amount will be accepted.

• Parking ticket recipients that donate a toy that is not equal to the early payment amount of the infraction are required to pay the difference (subject to paying the set fine).

Orillia staff have advised that approximately20 per cent (on the higher end) of tickets have been paid utilizing toys over the last four (4) years, where Bradford West Gwillimbury raised just over $3,000 in toys in Dec. 2018.

More than sixty (60)parking tickets were paid through the program, resulting in more than $3,000 worth of toys which will be distributed to local families by the Bradford Helping Hand Food Bank. The Manager of Enforcement advised this represented approximately 15% of ticket sand that their program runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15 and all toys must be collected by the 20.”


  1. I think these types of programs are awesome. They implemented it for school supplies in the US. Of course for a limited time but it provides a chance to give back. We get ahead further by working together to better the world.

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