Registration for Spring/Summer Recreation Programs

Posted on February 15, 2017

The City of Toronto offers recreation programs for all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for spring and summer general programs, spring skating and swimming, and summer camps begins in two weeks.

Registration dates
Registration is by district and starts at 7 a.m. on each date:
Etobicoke York: Saturday, March 4
Scarborough: Sunday, March 5
North York: Tuesday, March 7
Toronto and East York: Wednesday, March 8

Residents should visit before registration day to build wish lists (program titles and bar codes) and have a few options ready in case they don’t get their first choice.

Those who want to register for programs will need to set up an account. Residents can call 416-338-4386, email or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation will offer extended customer service call centre hours on March 1, 2, 3 and 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to assist with account information and answer questions about registration for spring/summer programs.

New this year, residents can stop by a recreation registration information table at one of the following four locations on Family Day (Monday, February 20) to find out more about recreation programs, get a family number and learn how to register for programs:

More information about these locations is available at

 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. You can visit for more information about the yearly credit.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 plus years) who register for adult recreation programs receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of those programs.

421 Roncesvalles Ave Heritage Designation

Posted on February 14, 2017

Toronto City Council intends to designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, often seen as one of the gateway buildings into Roncesvalles, as a heritage building.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site and enforce heritage property standards and maintenance.

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

For more information on the designation please click here.

City of Toronto Issues its 2017 Interim Property Tax Bills

Posted on February 13, 2017

The City of Toronto has mailed 2017 interim property tax bills to property owners – the first of two regular tax bills that will be mailed this year. The 2017 final tax bill will be mailed in May.

Payment due dates for the interim tax bills under the regular three-instalment plan are March 1, April 3 and May 1. There are several ways to pay a property tax bill, including:

  • At banks or financial institutions through internet banking, telephone banking, automatic teller or in person. If paying tax bills by automatic teller, telephone or internet banking, customers should pay early to ensure payment reaches the City’s office by the due date.
  • By cheque using the business reply envelope included with the interim tax bill.
  • In person at the inquiry and cashier counters at Toronto City Hall or any civic centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Extended hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be offered from February 27 to March 1.

Counter locations:
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

Pre-authorized payments

The Pre-Authorized Tax Payment (PTP) Program allows residents to pay their taxes in two, six, or 11 pre-authorized automatic instalments. Residents can enrol in this program at any time if their taxes are in good standing. Applications for the PTP program are available at

The following interim bill withdrawal dates apply to customers who enrolled in the PTP program by January 25, 2017:

  • two-instalment plan: March 1
  • six-instalment plan: March 1, April 3 and May 1
  • 11-instalment plan: February 15, March 15, April 18, May 15, June 15

Property tax inquiries

For general information on property tax bills, customers can call the 311 Tax and Utility Inquiry Line. Customers within the city limits can call 311 and talk to a customer service representative about their property tax bill between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Customers outside Toronto’s city limits can call 416-392-CITY (2489). TTY users can call 416-392-0719 for assistance. Customers should have their tax roll number available when calling.

Property tax lookup

Customers can view their property tax account details anytime, anywhere, from a computer or mobile device using Property Tax Account Lookup at

Ownership changes

Property owners who have recently purchased a property and who pay their property taxes through the PTP program or through their banking or financial institution must change their account information with the City or with their financial institution to avoid incurring fees resulting from misdirected payments.

Electronic billing

Residents can sign up at to receive their property tax bills through epost, the digital mailbox from Canada Post that makes it easy to receive, manage and store bills online. epost™ is a trademark of Canada Post Corporation.

Assessment appeals

In 2016, every property owner in Ontario received a 2016 Property Assessment Notice from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) with the updated assessed value of their property as of January 1, 2016 for the 2017-2020 property tax years. Increases in the assessed value of a property will be phased in over four years (2017-2020). Decreases in assessed value will be fully implemented in 2017.

If property owners disagree with the assessed value, they can contact MPAC for assistance. Recent legislative changes to the Request for Reconsideration (RfR) process allow property owners 120 days from the issue date on their 2016 Property Assessment Notice to submit an RfR. For the majority of residential properties, this deadline occurred in 2016. If an RfR is filed in 2017, it will apply to the 2018 property tax year. You can visit or for more information.

More information about property tax bills is available at

Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders

Posted on February 13, 2017

Do you have an interest in helping tree thrive in your community? Join us to learn about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they could help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park!

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Cost: Free

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Building is wheelchair accessible. Indoor event followed by optional mini tree tour along paved and grass surfaces.

Parkdale Seedy Saturday

Posted on February 9, 2017

On March 4th, 2017, Parkdale Seedy Saturday will feature a community seed exchange plus local seed vendors, organizations, free garden advice and workshops at 250 Dunn Ave from 11am-3pm.

Everyone is welcome and entrance is pay-what-you-can. Light refreshments will be available by donation and the space is fully accessible. For more information, visit or call 647-438-0038.

Facebook Event:

57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting Recap

Posted on February 9, 2017

City Planning held a Community Consultation meeting on February 8th, 2017 to review the 57 Brock Avenue application for a rezoning and Official Plan amendment.

The community raised many of the same concerns that were raised at the pre-application in 2016: massing, height, privacy, impact on local traffic and parking, lack of green space, and the ability of this proposal to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood visually and otherwise.

While City Planning review the amended application the applicant has filed for decision at the Ontario Municipal Board.
An OMB hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

City Planning will submit a Request for Direction to the February 22nd TEYCC meeting to request City staff attend the OMB hearing.

More information on 57 Brock Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here and my office will send further information as it becomes available.

Lower Galt Track Work

Posted on February 8, 2017

The Lower Galt track reinstatement work that has been taking place along the Milton Corridor near Dundas St W. and Dupont has been postponed due to technical concerns of track work in the winter and will resume in the spring. Work hours will remain the same when the project resumes, and is estimated to be completed by Fall 2017.

Lower Galt Update Notice

Update on 421 Roncesvalles Ave.

Posted on February 6, 2017


Earlier this week, City Council approved an Intention to Designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed a City staff report recommending that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

As you may recall, on October 21, 2016, the owners of the property applied for a demolition permit which is currently under review.

Following research and evaluation by City staff in Heritage Preservation Services, it was determined that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue meets provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its design, associative, and contextual value.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, initiating a designation is one way of protecting a threatened heritage property to allow more time for considering alternatives. Properties on the Heritage Register will be conserved and maintained in accordance with Official Plan Heritage Policies.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.

Some useful information on designating a heritage building is available on-line:

City Planning staff are currently reviewing a Development Application for this site.

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

Please feel free to contact my office if you require further information.


International Day For The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Posted on February 1, 2017

Hosted by HFBC, 11 Division Police Station, and 11 Division CPLC.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting

Posted on February 1, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please share the following with your neighbours.

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 57-65 Brock Avenue Official Plan and Re-zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time:   6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place:  Parkdale Library, Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West

The application proposes to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Kirk Hatcher, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .



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