Toys for Tickets Program Returns

Published on: 2022/11/28 - in Releases

On this coming Thursday, Friday and Monday (Dec. 1, 2 and 5), members of the community may pay their parking tickets with a toy instead of cash during the 2022 Toys for Tickets program.

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. Particpation is optional and parking fines can also be paid for online at
Any parking ticket received between November 1 and December 3, 2022 – 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,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Enforcement 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 suitable for children aged 0 to 12-years-old. Toys requiring batteries and toys which promote violence will not be accepted.

Since 2005, Toys for Tickets has collected more than 3,600 toys for Kingston children. 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)