Register for CampTO programs

Posted on June 10, 2021

Registration Summer CampTO is currently open. Summer CampTO programming will be offered across Toronto from Monday, July 5 to Friday, August 27, following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during Step 1 of reopening.

CampTO will run for eight weeks for children between the ages of four and 12, at approximately 160 locations across the city. The City of Toronto will offer traditional day camp experiences, including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, and active games. Adapted and inclusive programs for participants with disabilities will also be available. New this year, the City will introduce CampTO Plus, in-person specialty camps at community centres and museums, which will offer specialized programs in areas such as French immersion, arts, creative writing, nature and science.

The City’s Parks Forestry and Recreation Division will work closely with Toronto Public Health over the course of the summer season to ensure an effective COVID-19 response. All summer CampTO programs will follow provincial health guidelines for day camps. These guidelines include physical distancing, daily health screening, wearing masks, cohorting, and enhanced facility cleaning. Each camp group will stay together for the entire week and will not interact with other camper groups. Caregivers will receive a phone call prior to camp start to review procedures and do a pre-camp health check. CampTO campers and staff are expected to wear cloth face coverings or masks both indoors and out. Campers will be required to bring two to three clean face coverings or masks to camp each day.

In addition to in-person camps offered at City locations, CampTO Virtual will also be available. These 45-minute-long live and interactive workshops will be available to campers age four to 12, with interactive games and creative programming. Programs will also be available for people living with disabilities.

In total, this summer the City will offer more than 35,000 spaces for CampTO, including adapted programs, virtual workshops and CampTO Plus.

The quickest and easiest way to register for Summer CampTO and CampTO Virtual is online here . Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378. Although Civic Centres remain closed to the public to reduce the spread of COVID-19, five Community Centre locations will be open on Tuesday, June 8 for in-person registration support. Wi-Fi will be available, and staff will be on site to assist with the registration process. Residents may bring their own devices to in-person registration sites; however, staff will register those without their own devices. Locations and hours are available here

Residents who require help preparing for registration, can call 416-396-7378 Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents need a family and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling 416-396-7378.

Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available on the Free & Lower-Cost Recreation Options webpage .

More information about Summer CampTO is available on the CampTO webpage

City launches ParkFitTO – outdoor fitness programming

Posted on June 10, 2021

ParkFitTO will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs. In order to facilitate drop-in workouts, a number of the City’s recreation centres will move fitness centre and weight room equipment outdoors into parks and other spaces adjacent to community centres.

ParkFitTO will operate from June 14 until September and will follow public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants. ParkFitTO provides both free and affordable paid options for individual and instructional group fitness.

Outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes

Starting on June 8, residents will be able to register for group fitness and walk-fit classes, with programs starting on June 21. Outdoor group fitness classes are registered programs for one hour each week for a four-week period. Participants must be 13 years or older and each class is limited to 10 people. These programs will be continuous throughout the summer.

Outdoor group fitness classes include:

  • Outdoor walk-fit programs, in which instructors lead participants on pre-determined routes through neighbourhoods and parks. This program is free of charge, and there are more than 1,500 spaces available for booking at 32 locations across the city.
  • Fee-based group fitness classes include Zumba and Zumba Gold, Cardio High/Low, Cardio Dance and Cardio HIIT, Gentle Fit, Stretch and Tone, Run Fit and Boot Camp and are delivered by qualified staff. There are 2,350 spaces available for registration at 23 locations across the city.

The quickest and easiest way to register for outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes is online at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp. In addition, phone registration will be available at 416-396-7378.

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 416-396-7378. Residents can also call this number Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for help preparing for registration.

Outdoor drop-in fitness workouts
Starting on June 10, residents age 16 and up can reserve a free 45-minute outdoor fitness workout, with up to 10 participants per location. Approximately 1,500 spaces will be available weekly for reservations at 12 locations across the city. Program tip sheets will be available for those looking to do self-guided workouts.

More information about ParkFitTO is available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/fitness-programs/parkfitto/.

Outdoor fitness permits for businesses

In recognition of the increased need for access to outdoor space, essential fresh air and exercise, and to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19, commercial permits for private businesses who want to offer outdoor fitness, yoga or martial arts classes in park spaces will be available free of charge this summer, subject to Council approval this week.

Beginning today, the City will accept requests for permits from June 14 through to October 3. Applications received on or before June 9 will be reviewed and processed by end of day on June 11 with the earliest possible start date. Applications received after June 9 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a target of two to three business days for processing.

Permits will be issued for open green spaces in parks, and approval for permit requests will depend on proximity to environmentally sensitive areas, sports fields, gardens, conflicts with other permitted or programmed areas and other site-specific considerations. Permit holders will be required to comply with current provincial restrictions, including gathering limits and restrictions around amplified sound. In Step 1, there will be a maximum of 10 participants, including an instructor. Typically, these permits are issued at a cost of $47.06 per hour. Interested businesses can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or 416-396-7378.

 

Public Consultation for Review of Parking Requirements for New Developments

Posted on May 27, 2021

Requirements for automobile and bike parking in newly erected or enlarged buildings are identified in the city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013. On January 19, 2021, Planning and Housing Committee (PH20.4) asked staff to review these requirements to better align them with the objectives of the City’s Official Plan. The Review is guided by the principle that parking standards should allow only the maximum amount of automobile parking reasonably required for a given use and minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access, such as for accessible parking or in areas which would be difficult to serve with transit.

The City will be hosting a series of online public consultation meetings starting June 1 to gather feedback that will inform recommendations for revised parking standards.

To learn more about the process or to participate in the consultations, visit the City’s webpage

Report on Sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods will be at Council in June

Posted on May 27, 2021

The City of Toronto’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee today approved the proposed plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods in the city starting this upcoming 2021-22 winter season. City Council will consider the report at its meeting of June 8 to 9.

Following a successful snow clearing trial program over each of the last two winters, City staff recommended the expansion of the service to improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support improved accessibility.

The Committee also requested that City staff explore the use of the new winter maintenance equipment, purchased as part of the recent Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial, on other active transportation infrastructure to see whether it meets operational requirements. Specifically, trials would occur on multi-use pathways and on bike lanes currently without physical separation, which could be serviced with the new equipment.

If the plan is approved by Council, all homes in the city would receive winter snow clearing service on their sidewalks. This would mean that more than 103,000 households would be added to the program — 91 per cent of city sidewalks would receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing and, due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, nine per cent would be manually cleared. This compares to approximately 85 per cent of sidewalks in the city currently cleared by sidewalk plows, with approximately 15 per cent not cleared by plows.

The budget-conscious proposal calls for the City to purchase new equipment, including the necessary smaller sidewalk plows, to expand the service beyond the more than 6,000 kilometres of sidewalks which currently receive the service to all 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto. The proposed investment would make Toronto only the third major winter city in North America, along with Montreal and Ottawa, to employ a city-wide sidewalk snow clearing program.

The Mechanical Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial report is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.IE22.13

More information on the sidewalk trial, including a public presentation, is available at: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-maintenance/winter-maintenance/sidewalk-snow-clearing-trial/

 

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

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