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

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


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.

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.

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, 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 .



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.

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, .

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, ,

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:, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at

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:


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

COVID19_Vaccine Fact Sheet_FINAL_9Feb2021

Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)

Posted on February 11, 2021

Since September 2020, work crews have been undertaking rehabilitation work to the underside portion of the Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway. The remaining work, which will begin over the next few weeks and progress over several stages until the summer of 2020 includes:

  • Topside bridge rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge at The Queensway
  • * Replacing watermain and relining of storm sewers
  • Road reconstruction and sidewalk replacement
  • Overhead wire replacement and reconstruction of the TTC track allowance and platforms
  • Relocating streetcar stops
  • Reconfiguring the KQQR intersection including: removal of the eastbound right-turn channel, removal of the center TTC platform on The Queensway, a dedicated streetcar lane, left-turn lane, through lane and right-turn lane on the eastbound approach, new raised TTC platform/bicycle facility on Queen Street West and realignment of the northbound approach on King Street West
  • Completing the Roncesvalles Avenue design from Harvard Avenue to the KQQR intersection, including streetscape improvements and two raised TTC platform/bicycle facilities at the northbound and southbound transit stops
  • Modifying the TTC platforms on Roncesvalles Avenue from Dundas Street West to Harvard Avenue so accessible streetcar ramps can operate
  • Adding dedicated eastbound left-turn lanes on The Queensway at the Sunnyside Avenue and Glendale Avenue intersections
  • Extension of the dedicated eastbound bicycle lane on The Queensway to Glendale Avenue
  • New sidewalk on south side of The Queensway at Glendale Avenue intersection for north-south pedestrian crossing on both sides of the intersection
  • Installing a new traffic control signal at the Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway intersection
  • New street lighting

Advanced works in relation to the watermain and sewer works highlighted above with an asterisk (*) will begin this Friday, February 12, 2021. This work will entail  temporary on and off single (curb side) traffic lane closures on the approaches to the KQQR intersection and will have a minimal impact to traffic flow in the area. Further details on how this work will be carried out can be found in the attached construction update #1. Kindly note that this construction update is also being sent by way of Canada Post and should have started to hit mailboxes yesterday.


Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)

Posted on February 3, 2021

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated various infrastructure upgrades in the area of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR). This includes the intersection at KQQR and roadway on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, as well as Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West and rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge.

Beginning February 12, 2021, work crews will begin advanced preparation work on The Queensway and KQQR intersection, ahead of the closure of the KQQR intersection scheduled for March 31, 2021.

A follow-up notice will be issued ahead of the KQQR intersection closure.

Please see the 4-page construction notice below and visit for more information.


TTC 5-Year Fare Policy Survey

Posted on January 28, 2021

The TTC and York Region Transit (YRT) are working together to develop a new 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook.

As part of this process, the TTC and YRT will be reviewing changes and improvements to the way customers pay their fare, including fare options that are available for people to use, pricing and cross-boundary travel. This is an important project that will work to improve the overall customer experience and create a simple and consistent fare system, for both the TTC and YRT

More information available on .

Make your voice heard by participating in a 5 to 10-minute survey through one of the options below:


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