Canada’s weirdest laws: you can’t urinate outside in Guelph, Ont.

The bylaw has caused public outcry, with residents pointing out that sometimes a person just can’t “hold it in.”
The bylaw has caused public outcry, with residents pointing out that sometimes a person just can’t “hold it in.” (Photo: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)

If you visit the lovely city of Guelph, Ont., make sure that you hold it in, whether it’s pee or laughter, after you hear about this bylaw.

The Royal City” is considered a no pee zone and if you do your business behind a convenience store, alley or club there, you could face a fine of $365.

The bylaw has caused public outcry, with residents pointing out that sometimes a person just can’t “hold it in”. One Guelph homeowner made the point that “It keeps my grass wholesome and healthy.” A University of Guelph student added, "When I'm stumbling my way back home after a night out (because I'm not allowed to drive) I can't keep it in. The seal has been broken hours ago".

The city remained unmoved by pleas to pee in peace and continues to stick by its strict no-pee zone rule.

Guelph had a lot of peeing incidents in recent years. In 2012, police officers were called to 280 urination incidents, and in 2013 there were 229 incidents.

The heaviest traffic of outdoor urinators was concentrated in the downtown core around Macdonell Street, with 85 urination complaints, Carden Street, with 71 complaints, and Windham Street with 33 complaints.

Previously, the city was so desperate to stop public urination that they created a project in 2009 placing pissoirs around the city. Pissoirs are standing room urinals with an element of privacy but cannot be used by women or the disabled. Not surprisingly, the project was soon scrapped.

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