Climate Actions and Priorities Public Meeting

Posted on September 30, 2019

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to share their ideas on actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. Input from residents will help to inform the 2021 to 2023 implementation plan for the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy. The plan will be presented to Council in the spring of 2020.

Four public meetings will take place on the following dates and locations in October:

  • Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn St.
  • Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 308/309 at Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Toronto residents can register to attend a meeting at

The public can also provide input by completing a survey or by hosting their own community conversation. The online survey and resources to support community-hosted conversations will be available on October 7 at the community engagement web link above.

At its meeting this week, Toronto City Council will consider declaring a climate emergency and adopting a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target for Toronto. The City’s current long-term target is an 80 per cent reduction by 2050, based on 1990 levels.

Residents can sign up for e-updates on the TransformTO strategy using the link above and can obtain more information about the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy at

Heritage Grant Program 2019

Posted on September 27, 2019

Heritage Grant 2019 Program: Not-for-Profit Organizations 

Toronto’s inaugural Not-for-Profit Recognition Day on October 2, 2019 celebrates the important contribution that non-profit community organizations make to our city and communities.

Not-for-profit organizations that own or operate out of heritage house-form buildings designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act are encouraged to apply the Toronto Heritage Grant Program.  Applications are due on November 1st, 2019.

The identification and conservation of cultural heritage resources is an integral component of good planning, contributing to long term economic prosperity, environmental sustainability through adaptive re-use, a sense of place, and healthy and equitable communities.

City Planning (Heritage Preservation Services) administers the Toronto Heritage Grant Program that provides matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The City continues to strengthen its collaborative, interdependent relationship with the not-for-profit sector to achieve shared city-building goals.

In April 2019, Council amended the grant eligibility requirements as set out in the Terms and Conditions so that any tax-exempt designated heritage properties including a house-form building may be eligible for a grant equivalent to 50% of the cost of eligible conservation work, with no limit.

The matching grant can assist in the conservation of historic windows and doors, the repair of front porches and steps, or the conservation of exterior walls and slate roofs of properties that are under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

For more information,  contact Alex Corey, Senior Heritage Planner (Acting), at

On-Street Permit Parking – 2nd Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 20, 2019

You are invited to a Ward 4 On-street Permit Parking 2nd Community Consultation Meeting with City of Toronto Transportation Staff and City Councillor Gord Perks. Join City staff and Councillor Perks to learn about the City Permit Parking Program and review the proposed area permit parking boundaries.

September 24th, 2019
7:00 – 8:30PM
St. Pius X Catholic School
71 Jane St, Toronto

September 2019 Permit Parking Community Meeting

Become a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer in Your Building

Posted on September 18, 2019

Did you know the City has a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer program? It engages residents in apartment buildings, condominiums and co-ops to become waste educators and help promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) in their buildings. 3Rs Ambassador Volunteers are trained by the City on how to properly recycle and reduce waste going to landfill.  Help your building get more involved in the 3Rs and become a 3Rs Volunteer Ambassador today by signing up at

Here are some easy ways to reduce the amount of waste your building sends to landfill right now:

1) No black bags: Do not put recyclable materials in black plastic garbage bags. Put items for recycling in loose or in a clear bag.

2) Freeze food scraps: Over 50% of your waste is organic and could be composted. Avoid smells by putting a bag in the freezer to store food scraps until you can dispose of them properly.

3) Refuse & reduce: Do you really need that pamphlet? Free keychain? Or extra ketchup package? Saying “no” to items you don’t need helps keep waste out of landfill.

4) Paper plates, towels and napkins: Can go in organic waste collection if they do not have chemicals or make up on them.

5) Donate items for reuse: Give clothing, books, toys and more a new life by donating them. For a map of non-profit organizations in Toronto that accept items for donation, visit or download the TOwaste app.

TransformTO Public Consultations

Posted on September 16, 2019

Residents are invited to have their say on the climate actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. The City is developing its next TransformTO Implementation Plan 2021 to 2023. You can share your views by attending a public meeting, completing an online survey, or hosting your own community consultation with the help of a Community Conversation Guide and other resources. Learn more and get involved.

Councillor Perks’ wrote an article in Toronto Life on Sidewalk Labs

Posted on September 5, 2019

Read Gord’s Toronto Life article published on September 4, 2019 where he talks about Sidewalk Labs’ ideas on transit governance.

Toronto needs to maintain control of its transit planning

Youth In Policing Initiative – Job Opening – Deadline September 23, 2019

Posted on September 5, 2019

Toronto Police Service is now recruiting for the 2020 Winter-Spring Youth In Policing Initiative program.

The Winter/Spring program is an After-School program where students will work 6 hours each week and will receive 7 hours of mandatory training one Saturday each month.  The rate of pay will be $14/hour and the program will run from Saturday, February 29, 2020 to Saturday, June 20, 2019.

Application and more details are available online at The deadline to apply is Monday September 23, 2019.

Job Ad 2020- Winter-Spring Program


Nominations open for Access, Equity & Human Rights Awards

Posted on September 3, 2019

Do you know someone who is working to create a more equitable city? Celebrate their important work by nominating them for an award!

Nominations are open for the 2019 Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards. For more than 15 years, the AEHR Awards have been the City of Toronto’s highest honour to recognize people or organizations that have created a more equitable city by addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality. The five AEHR Awards are:

  • Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award)
  • Disability Access Award
  • Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality
  • Pride Award
  • William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award

Award recipients will be recognized at a public event on December 10th, 2019.
Nominees must be Toronto residents or non-profit organizations. For more information, including how to submit a nomination, visit The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 13 at 5 p.m.

City-Wide Study on Existing City of Toronto Off-Leash Areas

Posted on August 23, 2019

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is leading an interdivisional study to examine how the City’s Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) can be reimagined to better harmonize with existing park uses and provide a satisfying user experience. The study is a follow-up to the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan recommendation to develop criteria for improving existing dog off-leash areas. More information is available here.

OLA Discussion Guide

Climate Action Grant

Posted on August 20, 2019

Climate Action Grant

The City is launching grants to support climate action projects at the neighbourhood level. Grants of up to $7,500 per project are available for resident-led projects in the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, which includes South Parkdale.

Eligible projects are those that directly contribute to emission reduction and/or projects that include a climate change education component. Applications open on September 1, 2019 and close on October 31, 2019. Projects approved for funding may start on or after January 1, 2020.

More information about the application process can be found here:


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