Pay Your Parking Tickets with Toys Instead of Cash

Published on: 2021/11/25 - in News

On December 2nd and 3rd, members of the community can pay their parking tickets with a toy instead of cash during the 2021 Toys for Tickets program.

That Thursday and Friday, parking tickets can be paid for with a toy between 8:30am to 4:30pm at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street, or at 1211 John Counter Blvd. Note that while tickets can also be paid for by cash or credit at City Hall, the John Counter Blvd location only accepts toy payments.

Any parking ticket received between November 1 and December 3 – but not including tickets issued for unauthorized parking in an accessible parking space – can be paid for with a new unwrapped toy of a value equal to or greater than the amount of the ticket. A purchase receipt must be included with the toy.

“We urge everyone with an eligible ticket to take this opportunity to donate a toy,” says Laird Leggo, Manager, Parking Services. “Your donation will directly benefit a child in our community.”

Gifts the City recommends using for payment include: games, cars, dolls and stuffed toys that are suitable for children aged 0 to 12 years old. Toys requiring batteries or promote violence will not be accepted.

Participating in Toys for Tickets is optional and drivers can choose to pay their parking fines online at

Toys for Tickets has collected more than 3,600 toys for Kingston children since 2005. The toys are delivered to a local toy drive in time to be distributed to children in need over the holidays.

Photo: Kristina Servant (cc)