An enhanced City of Toronto Noise Bylaw takes effect today. Toronto City Council approved the noise bylaw amendments in April 2019 to make it easier to understand and enforce noise complaints. This updated bylaw is now in place.
As part of the bylaw enhancements, the City’s Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) division has introduced a new dedicated noise team to help ensure effective implementation and compliance with the new regulations. The new team is composed of two dozen Bylaw Enforcement Officers, along with management and administrative support, and will be available to respond to noise complaints seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The new team will also be using:
- modernized investigative techniques developed with sound engineering experts
- a new case prioritization model to more effectively focus efforts on highly impactful and frequent duration events
- new case management software to assist in investigation efforts and provide increased communication channels with the public.
Some of the other changes to the bylaw include:
- updated and new definitions to assist with interpretation of the bylaw
- more detailed and clearer regulations broken down by category
- introduction of quantitative decibel limits for amplified sound and motor vehicles.
Bylaws are typically reviewed every five to 10 years. This is the first update to the Noise Bylaw since 2010. Since that time, Toronto has changed significantly. The City began reviewing the Noise Bylaw in 2015. As part of this process, the City convened a Noise Working Group composed of stakeholders from City divisions, agencies, resident associations, industry and the business community. MLS also conducted research and a jurisdictional scan to inform the new bylaw.
The types of noise infractions that are enforced are outlined at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/public-notices-bylaws/bylaw-enforcement/noise/.
The full bylaw is available at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bylaws/2019/law0878.pdf.
The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Details about the Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/nbto.
Navigating the Art by Neighbourhood
Following a successful expansion outside the downtown core to Scarborough in 2018, Nuit Blanche returns to Scarborough for 2019 as well as activating new neighbourhoods outside the core. Nuit Blanche art projects are grouped into nine easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods to make exploring the event more efficient. The Nuit Neighbourhoods are Scarborough (20 projects), Don Mills (four projects), Danforth East (two projects), Bloor Yorkville (nine projects), Waterfront (11 projects), Downtown (16 projects), Sterling Road (six projects), West Queen West (five projects) and Fort York (15 projects).
The Nuit Blanche Toronto website (http://www.toronto.ca/nbto) offers an interactive location-based event map, exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closure details, TTC information and more. A printed event map will be available for pickup at the main entrances of Toronto City Hall and Scarborough Civic Centre starting October 3.
Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences are welcome to stop by an Event Centre available on October 5 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to view large-scale maps and pick up a printed map, obtain information from a volunteer information ambassador, or to rest and refuel. Each of the four centres will include food vendors, washrooms and first-aid services (provided by Toronto Paramedic Services). The Event Centre locations:
- Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
- Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.
- Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd.
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will be extending all-night subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth and Line 3 Scarborough. Day passes purchased for use on October 5 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 6. Access to Line 3 Scarborough will be free from 7 p.m. on October 5 to 7 a.m. on October 6 at Scarborough Centre Station.
A list of the Green P parking lots located closest to Nuit Blanche Toronto activities is available at https://parking.greenp.com/.
Roads Affected by Nuit Blanche
Partial and full road closures will be in effect due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access.
As a result, portions of the following streets will be closed to vehicles:
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Adelaide Street West from 8 a.m. Saturday, October 5 until noon on Sunday, October 6.
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.
- Fort York Boulevard between Ianuzzi Street and Fleet Street from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 to noon on Sunday, October 6.
These additional downtown road closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6:
- Bay Street between Richmond Street West and Queen Street West
- Dundas Square Street between Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane
- Fort York Boulevard between Angelique Street and Fleet Street
The following road closures in Scarborough will be in effect from 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 to 10 a.m. Sunday, October 6:
- Borough Approach East between Borough Drive and Ellesmere Road
- Borough Drive between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court
- Town Centre Court from south of the City of Toronto parking lot to Borough Drive
Full details about the road closures are available at http:www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
Dawn Art Experience
People who want to avoid the crowds or who are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.