Update on Short Term Rental Regulations

Posted on December 3, 2019

On December 7, 2017, and January 31, 2018, City Council approved regulations for short-term rentals in Toronto. The new rules, which require short-term rental companies to obtain a licence and short-term rental operators to register with the City and pay a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) of 4 per cent, were set to come into effect on June 1, 2018. However, the City’s zoning bylaw amendments to permit short-term rentals as a use were appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

On November 18, 2019 the LPAT issued a ruling that dismissed the appeals and upheld City Council’s adopted zoning bylaw amendments for short-term rentals. The short-term rental zoning bylaw amendments are now in force. The amendments permit short-term rentals, (any rental that is less than 28 consecutive days), across the city in principal residences. Within their principal residence, people can rent up to three rooms or their entire home.

With this decision, the Licensing and Registration Of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw has also come into force. The City is moving forward with the implementation of the bylaw, as adopted by City Council. Once the licence and registration system is built, short-term rental companies will be required to obtain a licence and operators will be required to register with the City and pay the MAT of 4 per cent.

More information on City’s short-term rentals is available at  toronto.ca/shorttermrentals 

Public consultation on digital technologies and data governance in Toronto

Posted on December 3, 2019

The City of Toronto is developing a Digital Infrastructure Plan to help guide decisions on how Toronto will evaluate and regulate digital technologies and data use for City services and other proposals.

Digital technologies – including “smart city technologies” – are bringing Toronto new benefits and ways of working to create an efficient, connected community. They are also associated with a number of broader public issues including privacy, transparency, accountability, public ownership, equity and protection of the public interest.

At this phase of consultation, the public is invited to learn more about digital technologies and to provide input on guiding principles and policies that will inform the City’s Digital Infrastructure Plan.

Public events

The public can attend and provide feedback at one of the upcoming sessions:

      December 7 – McGregor Park Community Centre (2231 Lawrence Ave E.), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      December 9 – Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber (100 Queen St W.), 6:30 to 9 p.m.

      December 12 – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St.), 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The December 9 meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto.

Online engagement
An online consultation survey will be available at
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/746 starting December 7 until December 19. Those unable to attend a consultation can email input or questions to digitalfeedback@toronto.ca.

The Digital Infrastructure Plan will be developed through further consultations and opportunities for public participation in 2020. To sign up to be notified about upcoming consultations, and for more information about the City’s work on smart cities, visit
https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/smart-cityto/
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The consultation supports Toronto City Council’s direction to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure and a work plan for implementation. It is also aligned with Council’s direction to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.

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