Toronto considers allowing backyard chicken farms
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:51AM EST
TORONTO - Chicken is on the menu today for city councillors in Toronto.
Council will be looking at a motion from Coun. Joe Mihevc aimed at allowing Toronto residents to keep hens in their backyards.
Mihevc says there are a number of residents who wish to keep hens in their backyards to produce eggs for personal use.
Existing bylaws prohibit the keeping of chickens in Toronto.
The motion calls on council to direct city staff to look into allowing residents to keep backyard hens in a safe and appropriate manner.
The motion notes cities such as Kingston, Ont., Vancouver, New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles have modified their regulations to include backyard hens.
"The experiences of these cities have highlighted that residents can successfully keep a limited number of hens in their backyard in balance with the need to maintain the community's quality of life," the motion states.