COVID-19 - May 13 Update

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. Announcing the Next Modular Housing Site
    2. Help Shape Toronto over the Next 30 Years!
    3. ActiveTO Closures this Weekend
    4. Wallace Emerson - Safer Streets Plan Phase II
    5. Get involved in the TTC’s Fare Policy
    6. Community Service Partnerships Grant Allocation
    7. Muse Arts - #ArtWalk
    8. Rooster Project of Barcelos
    9. Have your say and complete the survey on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
    10. Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
    11. Toronto Police 13 Division – Community Police Liaison Committee
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. Mayor Tory announces 113 new modular homes with support services to be created in Etobicoke
    2. Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    3. City of Toronto and partners increase vaccine access and uptake for vulnerable residents through community mobilization and engagement
    4. Team Toronto Sprint Strategy surpasses 50 per cent vaccination coverage in hot spot postal codes, adding five more areas
    5. Toronto has now administered more than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
    6. City of Toronto begins provincially-mandated review of its Official Plan
    7. City of Toronto highlights spring cleanup accomplishments while recognizing Provincial Day of Action on Litter
    8. City of Toronto and Team Toronto partners reach milestone this weekend with 50 per cent of all adults in Toronto vaccinatedT

Question from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions in each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Does the City have an interactive map of COVID-19 resources?
Yes, the City maintains the map which includes information on assessment centre locations, immunization clinics, food banks and meal programs, services for Indigenous and Black residents and to view information about specific areas of the city (such as population density, seniors’ population, neighbourhood improvement areas and more). Click here to access the map.

Key Updates

Announcing the Next Modular Housing Site


Today, I joined federal Minister Ahmed Hussen, Mayor Tory and Member of Parliament Kirsty Duncan to announce the next modular supportive housing site at 75 Tandridge Crescent, which will provide 113 units to people in need, including half the units being dedicated to women. This year alone, we are producing over 1,200 units of supportive housing.

This shows the City's and the Federal and provincial government's commitment to approaching our housing challenges in a bold and comprehensive way which creates permanent housing opportunities for those who need it. This is just one of the major ways in which we are addressing affordable housing needs.

The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan targets the approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes with 18,000 supportive homes, including 1,000 modular homes, to help improve housing stability for Toronto residents over the next 10 years.

More details

Media Release


Help Shape Toronto over the Next 30 Years!


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.

For Our Plan Toronto to be a success the City of Toronto needs to hear from the people who know Toronto best: the people who live, work, learn and play here. The City needs to hear from you.
To get started, explore Our Toronto: Past, Present and Future Story Map

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 now and in the future.  Learn how to get involved and subscribe for updates through the link above!


ActiveTO Closures this Weekend
To support people looking to spend time outside safely, the City has announced ActiveTO closures this weekend, which will include the closure of Lakeshore Boulevard West between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road. ActiveTO routes are closed to vehicles, but open to people on bikes and pedestrians.

Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot because parking nearby is limited and no on-site parking is available.

City staff are planning a closure of Allen Road on June 5, as well as reviewing the potential for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place.

Learn more about ActiveTO.


Wallace Emerson - Safer Streets Plan Phase II
Interested in neighbourhood traffic safety? In 2018, the Wallace Emerson Traffic Management Committee (WETMC) was formed by residents in an area bounded by Dufferin Street, Dupont Street, Lansdowne Avenue and Bloor Street West. Since its inception, the Committee has put forward several initiatives, including a traffic management plan, which seeks to mitigate safety concerns in the neighbourhood as they relate to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. If you live on Millicent Street, Armstrong Street, or simply would like to join a group of engaged area neighbours, please contact Michael Jacoby at [email protected].


Get involved in the TTC’s Fare Policy
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and York Region Transit (YRT) are working together to develop a fare policy for the next five years. We need a new fare policy to reflect recent changes such as growing populations, shifting travel, commuting patterns, and financial landscapes. This update will allow us to continue to provide safe, convenient, and reliable transit service for customers today while meeting the needs of future riders. This is important because the policy will help us make decisions on matters like how to set fares, what concessions are needed, and what loyalty programs to create.

Want to get involved? Complete the survey before June 2, or join the May 19 virtual town hall at 6:30PM.


Community Service Partnerships Grant Allocation
Community funding can be an important tool to advance the City's commitment to reconciliation and equity. Over the past three years, the City's Community Funding Unit has been taking intentional steps to update grant policy and grant making practices. In Ward 9, we have been working closely with and supporting several agencies who serve our community.

Organization

2021 City Support

Abrigo Centre

$115,525.00

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

$75,770.00

Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre

$95,250.00

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

$58,755.00

Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors

$24,320.00

Opportunity for Advancement

$51,660.00

South Asian Women's Centre

$96,870.00

The First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre

$14,910.00

The Stop Community Food Centre

$31,040.00

Vietnamese Women's Association of Toronto

$67,140.00


Muse Arts - #ArtWalk


#ArtWalk is a project of temporary art installations on McRoberts Avenue for families to enjoy as they are encouraged to stay at home. The sidewalk installations invite kids to play and learn right outside their doorstep.

This project started as a community initiative in November 2020, when MUSE Arts' co-founder wanted to beautify her street during our first stay-at-home order. They wanted to bring smiles to children faces. After creating 20 sidewalk art pieces, the community response and impact on kids well-being was so positive that communities started asking for more of these installations. 

Muse Arts really loved what these little sparkles of colour did to our community that they decided to integrate this project to our HAPPENING Multicultural events during May 2021.  They have had 40 requests for sidewalk installations in areas surrounding McRoberts and St Clair and are planning to have them all completed during the month of May, so kids can enjoy and engage in a little art adventure during the summer months.


Rooster Project of Barcelos

The Municipality of Barcelos, Portugal has gifted a rooster statue to the City to be designed, painted and displayed in Little Portugal, Toronto. On Monday, community members came together to hear from the five artist finalists about their submissions, and help select the final winner who will get to paint a 9 foot rooster public art project! Learn more through the link above.


Have your say and complete the survey on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto

We want to hear from you! Tonight marks the third community meeting on implementing garden suites in Toronto. You can join us through the above link.

The Garden + Suites project is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative. A Garden Suite is a detached housing unit, usually located in the rear yard, and is separate or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit. We have already had over 2,700 survey entries! Click the above link for more information or to complete the survey before June 1.


Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
The City licenses multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses, to ensure that they are safe and well-maintained.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to encourage and regulate safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across the city.


Toronto Police 13 Division – Community Police Liaison Committee
Monday, June 14 at 6:30pm

Toronto Police Service, 13 Division will be hosting their Community Police Liaison Committee, where community members have the opportunity to get involved and discuss local police matters. If you wish to attend, you can email Lee Anne Chong at [email protected] by May 28.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

 May 13 - Mayor Tory announces 113 new modular homes with support services to be created in Etobicoke
 May 13 - Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
 May 12 - City of Toronto and partners increase vaccine access and uptake for vulnerable residents through community mobilization and engagement
 May 12 - Team Toronto Sprint Strategy surpasses 50 per cent vaccination coverage in hot spot postal codes, adding five more areas
 May 12 - Toronto has now administered more than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
 May 11 - City of Toronto begins provincially-mandated review of its Official Plan
 May 11 - City of Toronto highlights spring cleanup accomplishments while recognizing Provincial Day of Action on Litter
 May 8 - City of Toronto and Team Toronto partners reach milestone this weekend with 50 per cent of all adults in Toronto vaccinated

Provincial

May 13 – Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2
May 12 – Over 50 per cent of Ontario Adults Receive First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Federal

May 11 - Largest public transit investment in GTA history will create jobs and kickstart the economy
May 11 - Government of Canada to announce more support for innovative Canadian healthcare solutions


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