What? Why?
The Graffiti-Free City Campaign aims to remind citizens to report graffiti. Graffiti is defined as writing, drawing, or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner, authorized agent, or designate. Graffiti is mischief, which is a Criminal Code offence. It can be punishable for up to a 10-year prison sentence. Graffiti and vandalism need to be reported and cleaned up quickly. If left unreported, graffiti leaves the impression that no one cares, leading to increased graffiti and crime. It can also contribute to a loss of business, growth and tourism and a reduction in property values. Cleaning up graffiti diverts tax dollars from social services.

Graffiti is often found on parks and playgrounds, mailboxes, utility boxes, bridges and overpasses, public and private buildings, and fences.

You can prevent graffiti by increasing lighting and visibility in vulnerable locations, restrict access to walls by planting shrubs or trees, educate students with the Counter-Act Vandalism Prevention Toolkit and report graffiti.

To request an Identify a Tagger poster, contact us.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer (PDF).