Call for applications – Open Door program to support building new affordable rental housing

Posted on October 1, 2020

The City of Toronto has released the 2020 Call for Applications for the Open Door program. The program provides an opportunity for private, co-op and non-profit affordable housing organizations to apply for support from the City to create affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households in Toronto.

The Open Door program encourages private, co-op and non-profit housing organizations to develop affordable housing by providing successful applicants with a range of financial contributions, which could include an exemption of fees, charges or property tax as well as capital funding. Successful Open Door applications also benefit from the Open Door Planning Service which fast-tracks approvals.

The 2020 Open Door application is similar to previous years, but there are changes aimed at providing greater affordable housing benefits. These changes include:

  • The minimum affordability period of 40 years
  • A minimum of 50 per cent of the total buildable gross floor area must now be affordable housing
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted by the City

The application and full program details are available online.

Key dates in the application process are:

  • October 15, 10:30 a.m. – Online information session
  • October 26, 4:30 p.m. – Last day to submit written questions
  • November 17, 4:30 p.m. – Deadline to submit applications
  • January 2021 – Staff report to Planning and Housing Committee and City Council with recommended projects

The Open Door program was first approved by Council in 2016. To date it has invested $739 million of City financial contributions in affordable housing projects, supporting the creation of more than 8,960 new homes across Toronto. The Open Door program is part of the City’s 10-year housing action plan, HousingTO 2020-2030, which targets assisting more than 341,000 households across the housing spectrum, with actions that include the approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes.

ActiveTO major road closures will be extended into October

Posted on October 1, 2020

Major weekend road closures, as part of the popular ActiveTO suite of programs, will be extended into October.

The popular weekend closures have provided space for thousands of people to be physically active, respect physical distancing and contributed to the overall wellbeing of residents. The routes run adjacent to some of Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails where people can walk, run and bike and have helped to reduce virus spread over the summer months.

There were a number of considerations that went into extending the program including recent changes in public health advice to limit contact and keep at least six feet apart from people you don’t live with, as much as possible as well as forecasted warm weather for the early part of month that encourages people to be outside more.

For this weekend, closures will be in place from Saturday, October 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, along Lake Shore Boulevard West, will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

Last week, the City announced data that showed an average of approximately 18,000 cyclists used the Lake Shore West closure on warm summer days.

Residents planning to use those roads should access them by bike or as a pedestrian because nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available. ActiveTO weekend closure locations are subject to change based on nearby road restrictions and closures and other considerations.

The City of Toronto delivered at least one ActiveTO major road closure location on approximately 20 consecutive weekends from May to September.

City staff will report back in January 2021 on lessons learned from this year’s ActiveTO programs, including the impacts on traffic, and in consultation with residents and businesses, recommendations for modifications to the program for 2021.

More about ActiveTO, including Major Weekend Road Closures, is at

Major weekend road closure data from the summer was announced last week at


October 2020