What is graffiti? Is it vandalism or is it art?
It’s vandalism. Graffiti is defined as writings, drawings or symbols applied to any surface without the consent of the property owner, authorized agent, or designate.
The act of graffiti, or tagging, is punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada. If convicted, taggers could face imprisonment or monetary fines.
The RMWB Nuisance Bylaw (Section 2.11) prohibits “…the posting or exhibiting of posters, signs, billboards, placards, writings or pictures upon any fence or wall or any other property or parked vehicle, where the same are accumulated and become dilapidated and unsightly…”
Under the bylaw, property owners could face a fine if graffiti is found on their premises.