Whitby explores changes to fireworks regulations, seeks public feedback


Published March 1, 2022 at 1:18 pm

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The Town of Whitby is examining its fireworks regulations and seeking community feedback on how they should be updated.

As it stand, Whitby only allows fireworks in town on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Victoria Day and Canada Day between dusk and 11 p.m.

Under the current bylaws any resident can request a permit to light fireworks on a specific day for a cultural event, but must submit at least 15 days prior to their event for approval.

Town council added a fireworks by-law exemption for Diwali celebrations in November, allowing fireworks during the festival of lights without a permit. This move aligned Whitby with Oshawa, Brampton, Guelph, and others in making the exception.

As part of the process of updating these bylaws the town launched a survey on their ConnectWhitby outreach website to collect public opinion on fireworks.

The survey collects some demographic information, such as age and whether an individual lives or works in town. It goes on to ask participants their opinion on whether or not the enjoy fireworks, and what restrictions should be placed on them.

The town is also asking for input on its Canada Day fireworks display, the only official display the town conducts. Before the pandemic it was held every July 1. However, celebrations were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Canada Day may return to Whitby in 2022 and the town is collecting information on the public’s concerns regarding the event. The survey also asks if residents believe any other holidays should get an exemption as Diwali did.

The survey is open until March 21 and the the current bylaw is available for review.

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