City of Toronto begins provincially-mandated review of its Official Plan

Posted on May 13, 2021

The City of Toronto is reviewing its Official Plan to develop a revised vision for city planning over the next 30 years, through to 2051. The City is calling this Official Plan review process “Our Plan Toronto” because it is a plan for everyone and requires input from all.

The Province of Ontario’s “A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” came into effect on May 16, 2019. All municipalities, including the City have until July 1, 2022 to update their Official Plans to align with the 2019 Growth Plan.

Our Plan Toronto presents an opportunity to address, through planning policy, a number of the growth-related challenges facing Toronto today and in the future. These challenges include housing affordability, climate change, mobility, public health and more that will help inform the City’s ongoing response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the next 30 years Toronto will continue to grow and change. It is expected that by 2051 another 700,000 people will move to the city and call Toronto home. Over that same time period, an additional 450,000 jobs will be created for people to work in Toronto. In total, by 2051 it is predicted that Toronto will grow to a population of 3.6 million and have a job market with more than two million jobs.

The City is launching a virtual public engagement campaign across various platforms to consult with community members over the next several months. The City will explore key questions, such as:

  • What does this growth mean for the city?
  • Where will these people and jobs be located?
  • How can communities across Toronto grow while also supporting the people who live and work here today?

Our Plan Toronto will identify how the city will direct and manage this growth in a healthy and sustainable way. Part of the review includes an intensification strategy intended to direct and prioritize growth where transit and other infrastructure currently exists or is planned, including in Major Transit Station Areas, Urban Growth Centres, and other Strategic Growth Areas. These areas will be informed by local area studies that are currently being undertaken or have recently been completed and adopted by City Council.

An integral component of the City’s economic health are the 8,100 hectares of lands designated as Core Employment Areas and General Employment Areas in the city. These two land use designations account for 13 per cent of all lands in Toronto. As part of Our Plan Toronto, the City will review the land use policies for these areas and develop an employment lands strategy and explore the future of work for Toronto. The plan will also result in updated environment policies in the Official Plan.

As a major undertaking that will direct the future growth of the City for the next 30 years, Our Plan Toronto will include engagement opportunities for all Torontonians, businesses, and stakeholders, including First Nations and Métis communities. Engagement opportunities will include online consultation, surveys, interactive mapping and virtual meetings. The dates and times of these future engagement opportunities will be announced on the project webpage and on the City’s social media channels.

To learn more, visit www.toronto.ca/ourplan and follow @CityPlanTO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Official Plan review process is mandated by the Province of Ontario to satisfy growth planning requirements set out by the Province in A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Growth Plan 2019). The Official Plan review process is technically referred to as the “Municipal Comprehensive Review” and Growth Plan conformity exercise.

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – Virtual Public Information Event

Posted on April 29, 2021

The City of Toronto has recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows. The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City’s winter maintenance program.

More information is available at toronto.ca/sidewalktrial

You can also learn more about the trial by attending a virtual public information event.

Event Details

Monday, May 10; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Focus areas:

  • Parkdale-High Park
  • York South-Weston
  • Davenport

Meeting access code: 133 155 7578

Register here for the event.

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Join the public consultations on Multi-Tenant houses

Posted on April 29, 2021

Multi-tenant houses are an important part of Toronto’s affordable rental housing stock, providing single-room accommodation to diverse communities including students, seniors, new immigrants and residents with low to moderate income.

The existing zoning and licensing regulations for multi-tenant houses have not been updated since amalgamation of the former municipalities in 1998 and as a result, are inconsistent.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to enable regulatory oversight that will support safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across Toronto.

The City of Toronto is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory and compliance framework for multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses.

The public can provide feedback on the proposed framework by attending a virtual meeting on May 4 or 11, or by answering a questionnaire online or by phone.

The City is also inviting community organizations to host their own virtual consultation to collect feedback. Eligible groups can submit a simple proposal to apply for a grant to help cover the costs of the consultation. The deadline to apply for a grant is April 30, and a Do- it-Yourself Meeting Toolkit will be available for download online in the coming week.

The City will also be hosting workshops to get feedback from key stakeholder groups, such as tenants, owners and operators of multi-tenant houses, post-secondary schools and students, area residents groups and housing-related agencies and organizations.

For more details on how to get involved and the proposed regulatory and compliance framework, visit www.toronto.ca/MTHreview.

Second CaféTO registration window now open

Posted on April 15, 2021

Local restaurant operators interested in an expanded curb lane or sidewalk café as part of CaféTO can apply as part of the second registration window through Monday, April 26. Approved operators can have patios installed as early as June. Learn more about the CaféTO program, including registration for curb lane and sidewalk cafés, how to access options on private property, watch a helpful webinar recording, and read the updated guidebook by visiting toronto.ca/cafeto

Apartment Buildings: New bylaw requirements from April 1

Posted on March 25, 2021

Amendments to the Apartment Buildings bylaw are coming into effect starting April 1, 2021. All RentSafeTO apartment building owners and operators will be required to:

  • Post information about waste management on the tenant notification board.  Building owners/operators need to post information on garbage, recycling and, if applicable, organics, such as accepted items and location of collection bins.
  • Develop and maintain the capital plan for each apartment buildings using a template provided by the City. The Capital Plan Template will be provided by the City as of April 1 and will be available at the RentSafeTO for Building Owners webpage.
  • Provide a valid email address to the City and keep all contact information on file up to date. Moving forward, the City will provide written communication and notices related to properties via email. To receive these communications, building owners/operators need to provide and keep up to date valid email addresses through the RentSafeTO registration and renewal portal.

More information is available at toronto.ca/RentSafeTO.

 

Joint Statement in Support of Pathway Inside

Posted on March 16, 2021

Joint Statement in Support of Pathway Inside

“Today, the City of Toronto is launching a prioritized program to provide safe indoor accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness, staying in encampments at Moss Park, Lamport Stadium, Alexandra Park and Trinity-Bellwoods.

https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-supporting-people-living-in-encampments-with-safe-supportive-indoor-space/

The City’s Pathway Inside program was developed through hard work and consultations with encampment residents and supportive community agencies. This new and enhanced service will provide private, well-maintained and secure rooms to singles and couples, along with necessary health and living supports. These new housing options respond to what encampment residents have been asking for: private rooms in the downtown that keep them close to their community and support networks.

As City Councillors, we understand that the crisis of homelessness during the pandemic requires that we take every measure possible to care for Torontonians. We believe that this enhanced program is a critical step towards permanently housing people, and ensuring the health and safety of entire communities.  Governments, community workers, and all Torontonians need to continue to work together to create  safe and compassionate pathways to housing for those in our communities who are without a home. We will continue to fight tirelessly for more affordable housing, including pushing the province for operating funds to create the 2000 supportive units.  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.EX21.2

We are encouraged by this initiative and support this continued work. Together, we believe that we can – with political will, resources, and support – end chronic homelessness. And, we are going to continue working to achieve that goal. ”

 

Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Joe Cressy

Councillor Mile Layton

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Information on the Vaccine Rollout

Posted on March 11, 2021

I am happy to share that the City of Toronto with our healthcare partners and Toronto Public Health have administered 217,579 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date.

Starting tomorrow, Friday, March 12, approximately 133,000 individual COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Torontonians born in 1941 and earlier will be available to book online through the City of Toronto’s website, toronto.ca/covid-19. The 133,000 bookings will be for appointments between March 17 and April 11 at three City-operated mass immunization clinics.

    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.
    • Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
    • Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.

Here’s a video tour on the City’s YouTube channel to show what residents can expect at these clinics.

Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination booking for residents are available here.

As the City continues to make progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the community, protect the healthcare system and save lives, I urge you to stay home as much as possible.

The City is also developing Vaccine Engagement Teams to support vaccination efforts, particularly in communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Funding will be made available for not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous leaders and communities. More information on this is available here.

If you have any other questions or comments regarding the vaccine rollout, my office is available at Councillor_Perks@toronto.ca .

Gord

 

Safe TO Survey Launch

Posted on March 4, 2021

What are your Community Safety and Wellbeing Priorities?

 The City of Toronto is currently in the process of developing an updated Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan called Safe TO.

When the Safe TO plan is complete it will guide how social systems that serve Torontonians such as community services, healthcare systems, justice systems and police work together to meet community needs by changing how we think about safety.

The City wants to understand your priorities for Safe TO

Complete the online survey before March 15, 2021

1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue

Posted on February 18, 2021

The Preliminary Staff Report on the rezoning application of 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue will be considered at Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.39

The application proposes to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a new nine-storey mixed use building which would include 117 new residential dwelling units, 538.8 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor and 91.2 square metres for a proposed community space. The application propose to include 38 resident parking spaces and 0 visitor parking spaces. A total of 118 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed. Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Preliminary Staff Report provides information and identifies a preliminary set of issues regarding the application and recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning staff will notify neighbouring residents when a meeting date and virtual format is secured. As we did for the pre-application meeting in September, 2020, my office will provide general notice throughout Ward 4.

Please feel free to contact my office or City Planner Patrick Miller, Patrick.Miller@toronto.ca ,

to share your comments on this application.

To depute on this item on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), please contact TEYCC clerk at email: teycc@toronto.ca, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A & Fact Sheet from Toronto Public Health

Posted on February 11, 2021

Sharing the below on behalf of Toronto Public Health

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Immunization Question and Answers:

COVID19_ImmunizationQA_Councillors_FINAL_9Feb2021

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

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