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.
The Garden Suites Study is one of several studies that the City Planning Division is undertaking to expand housing options in Neighbourhoods as part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program (EHON website), endorsed by City Council in July 2020.
Public engagement on Garden Suites is currently underway with the Garden + Suites Survey and a series of virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites. Details below.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 12, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 13, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
These meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations
Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at the study website.
The West Toronto Ontario Health Team (OHT), in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, will be presenting a one hour Zoom Town Hall meeting on March 24, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. Our speakers are recognized members of the medical community; Dr. Mark Downing, Associate Medical Director, Infection Control at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health.
West Toronto OHT Vaccine Town Hall
March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register here: http://bit.ly/WTOHTVaccineWTOHT Vaccine Town Hall flyer - March 24
The City is looking for input on the proposed draft Official Plan Amendment and zoning approach to establish a city-wide approach to public safety for new development of sensitive or high occupancy land uses in proximity to rail infrastructure.
The meeting is on February 10, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Here’s how to participate:
Join by phone:
Before the meeting: Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff.
To join the meeting – call 416-9156530 and when prompted enter 177 033 2158 as Meeting ID Number. Participants by phone will be able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.
Join via the following link: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e41d93ca37a46c73d04e376905dbb9d76
You can also access the event link by visiting the City Planning Consultations webpage at: http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations
Rail Safety Consultation Notice Feb 10
Project applications are now open for artists living in Toronto. Apply here – http://bit.ly/37LMeeG
Raising Our Voice: Organizing During the Global Pandemic
With new information coming out daily, it is difficult to know where to turn to make sure our views are heard on how we can rebuild a fairer, more just Toronto.
As the City prepares to release its 2021 budget in early January, every voice is critical to make sure the issues we care about are acted upon as we move forward. Housing, the environment, public transportation, and child care will all be up for debate as the City tries to find a path forward. By working together we can strengthen our voice to ensure no one is left behind.
Join me as I welcome both local and city-wide leaders and activists to discuss how we organize in these unprecedented times.
WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2020
TIME: 6:30 pm
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Councillor Perks by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-392-7919.
The City will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Melbourne Avenue Parkette (located near King St W and Dufferin St). This meeting is an opportunity to hear about potential design proposals and for the community to provide feedback on what improvements they would most like to see in the park. The current plan involves upgrading playground equipment, new accessible surfacing, a water bottle filling station and other improvements. Councillor Gord Perks will be in attendance.
Tuesday November 17th 2020 – 6:30-8:00pm
Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.
For more information on the project, please visit: www.toronto.ca/MelbourneImprovements
The following attachment provides the design options that were presented by Parks Staff:Melbourne Ave Parkette Concept Design_Public Meeting Nov 17
The City will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Close Avenue Parkette (located at King St W and Close Ave). This meeting is an opportunity to hear about potential design proposals and for the community to provide feedback on what improvements they would most like to see in the park. The current plan involves upgrading playground equipment, converting the existing wading pool into a splash pad and other park improvements.
Councillor Gord Perks will be in attendance.
Thursday November 5th – 6:30 -8:30pm
Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.
The City is using the online tool Webex to support virtual public meetings, consultations and other engagement activities. The instructions outlined here are for Webex Events and will help residents join and participate in these City engagement activities.
If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in a City online event, please let the organizing staff know as soon as possible to ensure they can work with you to determine a suitable accommodation.
For more information on navigating Webex, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/participate-in-virtual-engagement-events/
While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to our health care workers has been heartwarming. I feel it is more important than ever that we come together, not only to get through this pandemic, but to rebuild a stronger, more just society for all residents of Toronto.
Next Tuesday, June 2nd I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss both the current recovery efforts, and what we as a society can do moving forward. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions. As this will be our first virtual Town Hall, I am sure there will be some bumps in the road, but by working together our community can take an active role defining what type of city emerges from the recovery effort.
To help start the process, please email a question with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to email@example.com or by replying to this email. Please include your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I hope to see you on Tuesday, June 2 at facebook.com/GordPerks
Those that do not have facebook accounts can still view the live video by visiting facebook.com/GordPerks. Please provide your questions and comments in advance.