The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for winter swim and skate programs and March break camps starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 2 for Etobicoke York and Scarborough districts and Tuesday, December 5 for North York and Toronto and East York districts.
Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, and has extended customer service hours and added more staff to provide in-person support.
Upgrades to the online registration system require users to update their web browsers. Residents should test their browsers by visiting https://efun.toronto.ca before registration day and updating their browsers if required.
How to register
Step 1: Get account numbers
Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the Customer Service Call Centre at 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre.
On November 30, December 1 and December 4, call centre hours have been extended from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to assist with account information and any other questions related to registration.
Step 2: Choose programs
Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or in the printed FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide. Many community centres also offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults.
Step 3: Register
Registration starts at 7 a.m., so residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are four ways to register:
- Online at https://efun.toronto.ca – the easiest and fastest way to register
- By touchtone phone – following the prompts at 416-338-0000
- By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386
- In person at select locations listed on http://www.toronto.ca/rec in the FUN Guide.
Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker.
Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 and older) receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of adult recreation programs.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.
YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival 2017
Saturday, December 9th – 12-4pm
Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John Street
Free and open to the public
The annual YIMBY Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine their future city. This free, one-day event invites community groups and non-profits from across Toronto to educate residents, politicians, policy makers, and each other through informal table discussions and presentations. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians, and politicians to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.
This year’s YIMBY festival will welcome 100 Toronto-based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, equity, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, economic development, and more.
Throughout the day, visitors can connect with organizations at informational displays and take in programming by YIMBY participants who will share samples their current work, ongoing strategies, and new ideas for positive change in Toronto’s neighborhoods.
City Planning staff are conducting a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.
This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.
Link to review the past staff presentation of the Planning study: https://goo.gl/q2u6NS
Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.
Please join us for a community consultation meeting on:
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium) 116 Fermanagh Avenue
Your input is important to this process.
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
TransformTO, Toronto’s new and ambitious climate action plan, identifies how we’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity. In July 2017, City Council unanimously approved a set of long-term, low-carbon goals, and strategies to reach them. Everyone will have a part to play in transforming Toronto into a low-carbon city. Learn what Toronto will look like in 2050, how to reduce emissions, and what you can do to help. #TransformTO
Toronto’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets: 30% by 2020, 65% by 2030; 80% by 2050.
• Toronto’s Homes and Buildings: By 2030, all new buildings will be built to produce near zero GHG emissions. By 2050, all existing buildings will have been retrofitted to improve energy performance by an average of 40%.
• Transportation: By 2050, 100% of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy; 75% of trips under 5 kmwill be walked or cycled.
• Energy: By 2050, 75% of energy used will be renewable or low-carbon.
• Waste Diversion: By 2050, 95% of all waste will be diverted from landfills.
In keeping with TransformTO’s guiding principles, Toronto’s climate actions will support social equity, affordability, poverty reduction, local jobs, public health and resilient communities.
Learn how you can get started and help at https://goo.gl/ksyzZ5
The developer has shared their presentation from the November 21, 2017 Community Meeting.
Further information on the application is available at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4219694&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false
#Picture2050 is a Photography Contest for photographers of all ages, inspired by the Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Plan
The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city.
Imagine Toronto in the year 2050.
What does a caring, thriving, climate-friendly city of the future look like?
Submit up to 3 photos that help visualize the Toronto you would like to see in 2050.
There are 3 award categories:
1. Kids, age 11 and under
2.Youth, age 12-17
3. Adults, age 18 and over.
Submit up to 3 photos by December 15th, 2017
What will make Toronto a climate-friendly place with thriving communities?
The city of Toronto is diverse, and many visions co-exist in its transformation.
Help us visualize the people, places and emotions that move us towards our city’s climate goals.
Show us what is happening now that looks like Toronto’s future.
Show us the visions that kids and young adults have for their future.
The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and will be recognized at an award ceremony.
The winning photographs, along with 4 “honourable mentions” in each category, will be framed and featured in a public exhibit.
Your images will be shared on the website and in social media.
Hashtags: #Picture2050 #TransformTO #TOgether.
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON
Help the High Park Stewards remove buckthorn, one of the worst invasive species in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours.
Another group will work on the boulevard beds, a native plant garden in front of the Grenadier Restaurant.
The final session, on November 26, will be followed by a potluck lunch at the Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive).
Please meet us at 10:30 am in front of the Grenadier Restaurant if you want to work on the boulevard beds, or go directly to the site near Howard Park Avenue and Parkside Drive for buckthorn busting (see the map on the web site).
For more information:
The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more about the City-led study on laneway suites. The study, named Changing Lanes, is a City of Toronto initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across the Toronto and Easy York areas of the City. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway. Laneway suites are smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot. If you want to learn more about the Changing Lanes initiative, ask questions, and share your comments, please attend the meeting on November 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West in the Council Chambers.
The developer of 2720 Dundas St West has applied to the City of Toronto for a Zoning By-law Amendment to build a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area containing 173 dwelling units, a below grade parking lot with 93 parking spaces and additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.
Please see below:2720 Dundas Community Meeting
Pia Bouman’s 32nd Nutcracker
Presenter: Pia Bouman’s School for Ballet and Creative Movement
Grab your friends and family and join us for a magical performance of the classic ballet, the Nutcracker. In its 32nd year, the production by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet has become an annual holiday tradition for many in Parkdale and the wider Toronto community.
Our mandate embraces everyone who wants to learn dance, to create and to perform. Students who demonstrate their dedication and love for dance and for performance have a chance to be part of this amazing culmination of artistic vision and community effort. We look forward to seeing you there!
Times and dates:
Friday Dec 15, 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec 16, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec 17, 1:30 pm
Admission price: $10-$50