Wheel-Trans 10 Year Strategy Public Meetings

Posted in City Wide, Ward 5



The TTC will be hosting a series of public meetings in April where staff will provide an update and request feedback on the Wheel-Trans 10- Year Strategy. The update will include more details on the expansion of the Family of Services Pilot, Access Hubs and the Community Bus pilot routes. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on each of these initiatives.


Further details are available on the TTC website.


Downtown: April 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309

55 John St., Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6

Transit: streetcar 503 / 504 / 514


Etobicoke: April 24, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School, Atrium

28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Etobicoke, ON, M8V 4B7

Transit: bus 44 / 188


Scarborough: April 25, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Cafeteria

959 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1K 4G4

Transit: bus 57


North York: April 30, 2:30 – 4:30  +  6:30 – 8:30pm

North York Memorial Community Hall, Burgundy Room

Accessible via 5 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2N 6M1

Transit: Line 1, North York Centre Station

City of Toronto Invites Residents to Share their Views on Pay Day Lending Establishments

Posted in City Wide, Updates



The City of Toronto is considering proposed new interim rules for payday loan establishments and invited residents to share their views at a meeting on March 21.


The Province of Ontario governs payday lenders and alternative financial services such as cheque-cashing, installment loans and rent-to-own services.


As of January 1, 2018, the Province’s Putting Consumers First Act provides municipalities with additional tools to regulate payday lenders.  As a result, the City can now restrict the number and locations of payday loan establishments through business licensing.


The new rules being considered include:

  • a new business licence category for payday loan establishments
  • a cap on the number of establishments in Toronto, and
  • a requirement that establishments must be licensed by the Province prior to applying for a City-issued licence.


This proposed approach will provide the City with a mechanism to stop the proliferation of these establishments while staff conduct a comprehensive review of the industry and its impact, and develop final recommendations for regulation of payday loan establishments.


The consultation will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North York Civic Centre in Committee Room 3, located at 5100 Yonge Street.


Residents not able to attend the review are invited to provide comments to mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.


A staff report will be considered by City’s Licensing and Standards Committee on April 10.

More information about the review is available at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/449.

City of Toronto’s Fourth Homeless Count + Survey Set for April 26, 2018

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Toronto’s Street Needs Assessment will take place on the evening of April 26 and the City is seeking volunteers to assist


For the fourth time, hundreds of volunteers, members of community agencies and City staff will take to the streets and shelters to ask people experiencing homelessness about the services they need to get and keep permanent housing. Responses to the survey help the City to shape improvements in current programs and plan for future service delivery.


The Street Needs Assessment (SNA) results are widely used by policy makers, politicians, researchers, journalists and advocates to identify how many people are homeless in Toronto and to describe who they are and how their service needs may be changing. Every SNA has consistently illustrated that people who are homeless want permanent housing and the cost of housing is a significant barrier to ending their homelessness.


“The Street Needs Assessment gives people who are homeless a loud and clear voice in how we can help them end their homelessness,” said Mayor John Tory. “It also gives the City the critical data we need to better understand how and why people are using homelessness services. The City is committed to supporting this initiative because we are all dedicated to fighting homelessness and the roots of homelessness.”


For the first time, the City of Toronto’s SNA is part of the federal and provincial governments’ national coordinated point-in-time counts. Toronto’s results will be included in the 2018 national and provincial snapshots of homelessness which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.


There has been a 30-per-cent increase year over year in the number of people accessing the City’s emergency shelter system. This year there are more than four times the number of winter respite spaces available as compared to last winter and services are well-utilized each night.


In addition to being a needs assessment survey, the SNA is a point-in-time census of those using all shelters in the city (including provincially-administered Violence Against Women shelters), and those with no fixed address in health care and correctional facilities. It also includes an estimate of the number of people sleeping rough using a well-proven methodology as used by jurisdictions across North America.


The success of Toronto’s homeless count and survey depends on citizen volunteers completing the surveys with people who are homeless, both those sleeping outdoors and staying in shelters and overnight drop-ins.


“Opportunity for all is a key value to Torontonians and volunteering on April 26 gives ordinary citizens who care about homelessness in our city something concrete and useful to do. This can make a difference,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City’s Community Development and Recreation Committee.


Members of the public wishing to register as volunteers for the 2018 Street Needs Assessment can do so at http://www.toronto.ca/homelesscount.


Backgrounder available at: http://ow.ly/jp9I30iGT7i

City of Toronto Cost Recovery Fees

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As per City of Toronto Legal Department –

The City has authority under the City of Toronto Act to charge a fee to recover the cost of a service or activity it provides (i.e. waste pick-up, ice rink rentals).

This authority does not extend to charging a fee, even if there is a cost to be recovered, for other, unrelated, purposes such as discouraging complaints. 

The decision to establish a new fee for cost recovery is a policy question for City Council.  Factors such as perceived impact on the willingness or ability of members of the public to make complaints and potentially aid in City enforcement of regulations would be relevant.

City of Toronto to Host Information Sessions on Coyotes

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Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and it is important that residents learn how to co-exist with them. To help residents do this, they are invited to attend one of two coyote information sessions.


Guest speakers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Toronto Wildlife Centre and Coyote Watch Canada will cover the following topics: 

  • coyotebehaviour in the urban environment
  • the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
  • what to do when you encounter a coyote
  • co-existing with coyotes in Toronto.

The first session will take place on Monday, March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roding Community Centre, 600 Roding Street.


The second session will take place on Thursday, April 12, in the evening in Etobicoke. The timing and location are to be determined, and will be posted on http://www.toronto.ca/coyote when available.


Coyotes are an important element of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations. They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them. Coyotes are active day and night but prefer to hunt at dusk and dawn. 

For more information about the workshop or to report a coyote sighting, residents can visit http://www.toronto.ca/coyote or call 311.

Information on how to co-exist with coyotes will be posted on the Toronto Animal Services social media pages on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/torontoanimalservices, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/toanimalservices and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TOAnimalService

REimagining Yonge Street + Bike Lanes

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The overarching goals of the “REimagining Yonge” project are to provide consistency and vibrancy to the public realm in keeping with the economic importance of North York Centre, address state-of-good repair and safety issues along the corridor, provide cycling infrastructure connectivity, improve pedestrian amenities, and facilitate efficient traffic movement through better utilization of the surrounding road network.

PW27.1 – REimagining Yonge (Sheppard to Finch) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study 

REimagining Yonge information page

REimagining Yonge website

Minutes for the February 27, 2018 meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee are now available on the City’s website

City Clerk’s Office contact

WATCH Public Works & Infrastructure Committee Feb 27, 2018:

Commercial Bag-Only Annual Base Fee 2018

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Issue / Background:


The Solid Waste Management Services 2017 Operating Budget included the introduction of a new fee, the Commercial Bag-only Annual Base Fee.  The annual base fee was set at $260.00 per year for 2017.  City Council approved the aforementioned fee during the 2017 Budget process.


In the 2018 Budget, the rate for the Commercial Bag-only Annual Base Fee increased by 5.2% to $273.52 per year. 


The Commercial Bag-only Annual Base Fee was introduced because commercial bag-only customers purchase Garbage Bag Tags on an as-needed basis. However, the Garbage Bag Tag amount is not full cost recovery for all the waste diversion programs and services commercial bag-only customers use, as some of these customers are found to spend $5.11 on a single Bag Tag, while setting out multiple Blue and Green Bins.


The Commercial Bag-only Annual Base Fee is being applied in order to recover the base cost of service for all waste (organics, recycling, and garbage) collection, diversion, processing, administrative costs and disposal.


In 2017, staff had to update the commercial bag-only customer database, therefore implementation of the fee was delayed to 2018.  The targeted implementation date was January 1, 2018, with invoices being mailed to customers on February 12, 2018. All commercial customer accounts have been transferred to the property owner, as opposed to the business itself, which is typically a tenant. 


As businesses often come and go, it can be difficult for the City to track who the current customer at an address is and whether or not they still require service. Transferring the billing from the tenant to the property owner allows the City to better track this information, as property owners can advise us when a tenant has left or gone out of business. Property owners can designate another individual to receive the bill.


Commercial Waste Bin and Bag Information & Fee’s (APPENDIX ‘C’)

Neighbourhood Grant Program 2018

Posted in City Wide, Updates, Ward 5


The Neighbourhood Grant program aims to to activate neighbourhoods and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020). Funding will be available for events that take place in the 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) and the 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods between July 15 and December 31, 2018.


Grant Program Details

  • Grants of $1,000 – $3,000 are available to activate neighbourhoods and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020)
  • Only resident-led groups from 31 NIAs and 8 Emerging Neighbourhood are eligible to apply (not registered not-profit groups)
  • The funded event or activity is to be held between July 15 – December 31, 2018
  • Funding is available for one-time events or activities held in one of the 39 neighbourhoods map
  • The funded event or activity must  be free and open to all
  • The Online Application Form will be open starting April 3rd.
  • Application deadline is May 4th.


Grants help the City of Toronto achieve its social, economic and cultural goals for its residents. The City’s goals are better achieved by supporting the work of organizations that are closer to the communities they serve.



What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?


The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between July 15 and December 31, 2018.


A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods).


Visit the Neighbourhood Grants web page for more details and to find out if you’re eligible to apply:


  • See the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods under the Eligible Neighbourhoods tab.
  • Download a working document of sample application questions (in Word doc) to help you kick start your planning!
  • Find contacts of your local Community Development Officer for questions, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, guidelines for your mentor, etc.
  • The Online Application Form will be open starting April 3rd.
  • Deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.


If your group is eligible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Grant Planning Session to be held in March and/or April.

Check out the list of meetings for your local Neighbourhood Grant Planning session.