Davenport Community Briefing - February 10


Dear neighbours,

COVID-19 Updates

City Continues to Reopen Community Centres and Indoor Rec Services

On January 31st, the City began reopening community recreation facilities for drop-in programs and rentals in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s plan to gradually end public health restrictions.

Proof of vaccination will continue to be required for those age 12 and older entering indoor sports and recreational facilities, and capacity restrictions of 50 percent will be in place for now.

City staff continue to monitor provincial regulations closely, and information about impacted City services will continue to be available on the City’s COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

Residents can more about the reopening of recreational facilities here.

Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic

City Immunization Clinics continue to accept walk-in visits for COVID-19 vaccinations while continuing with booked appointments. All five City-run clinics are open Monday to Friday from 2 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for appointments and walk-in). Adjusted days/hours may occasionally apply.

Residents can also book an appointment online or call the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). First, second and third doses are available for eligible groups.

Ontario Extending Health Card Renewal Requirement to September 30th

As many of you will know, during the pandemic the Ontario Government has provided much needed extensions to the renewal of Ontario Health Cards. These extensions were due to end but the Ontario Government has now announced that it is extending the requirement to renew health cards until September 30, 2022.

Click here to learn more.

City's COVID-19 Dashboard Continues To Be Updated

The City of Toronto maintains an updated dashboard of statistics and reports on COVID-19 numbers in our City, including a case count map.  It is easy to review information on the dashboard which outlines what is occurring in our City during the pandemic.  The data is updated regularly. 

The dashboard can be found at this link.

Application Period Continues for Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

Online applications for the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program are now open. The provincial government program provides eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant. To receive the grant, a small business must be required to close due to public health orders that took effect on January 5, and have fewer than 100 employees. Apply today

Federal government supports available for businesses facing hardship

The Government of Canada continues to offer targeted supports for businesses and self-employed individuals facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include rent and property expenses support; wage and hiring support; Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility; Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit and more. See the supports available for businesses, self-employed individuals and sectors.

City & Local Updates

Visiting a Vaccine Clinic in Davenport with Mayor Tory and Councillor Cressy

On Saturday, February 5th, I welcomed Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, to our Davenport community, where we visited a local vaccine clinic hosted by Toronto Community Housing. This local clinic was held on the ground floor of a TCHC residence and allowed residents of the building to easily access the vaccine.

Ensuring equitable and accessible access to vaccines is one of the City's principal vaccination commitments. Many residents may face challenges in accessing vaccines at vaccination clinics, preventing them from being able to receive a vaccine or booster shot. Mobility concerns and potentially having to line up may discourage some residents of our community from being able to access vaccines.

This is why vaccine clinics like the one held this past weekend are so important. Local vaccine clinics help to break down barriers in vaccine accessibility and are an important step in ensuring everyone in our city gets vaccinated.

I want to thank Toronto Community Housing for hosting this successful clinic, and thank residents who did their part by getting vaccinated.

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) Roundtable Kickoff
On February 7th I attended the kickoff of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) Roundtable. Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) is a City of Toronto initiative to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city.
Click this link to learn more about this initiative.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the EHON launch!

TTC To Begin Restoring Transit Service to Pre-Pandemic Levels

On February 9th, the TTC has announced that it will begin to restore transit service to 100% of pre-pandemic levels starting this Sunday.

This means that starting Sunday, the TTC will be increasing service to 17 routes, including the 168 Symington bus, the 161 Rogers Rd, and the 300 Bloor-Danforth overnight bus!

Visit this link to learn more about the increase in transit service!

Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections Virtual Public Meeting Today

The City of Toronto is proposing cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Bartlett Avenue, Havelock Street, and Gladstone Avenue from Davenport Road to College Street, as well as associated changes to short sections of Bloor Street and Lindsey Avenue.

The 3.5 km bikeway project proposes to improve safety by lowering motor vehicle travel speed, prioritizing people walking and cycling, and reducing local traffic infiltration.

The project would expand the local cycling network and connect to existing bikeways on Davenport Road, Bloor Street, Havelock Street, Lindsey Avenue, Waterloo Avenue, and Argyle Street.

The City will be hosting a virtual public meeting today, February 10th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

You can register by visiting the following link.

Regal Road & Springmount Ave Safety Improvements Information Session February 16
The City is proposing improvements to Regal Road & Springmount Ave. These proposed improvements would include widening and accessibility upgrades to the sidewalks, reducing the width of the motor vehicles lanes, installing a bump-out on the east side of Springmount Avenue, and extending the curbs at the southwest and southeast corners of the intersection.
The City will be hosting an information session on February 16th. Community members can visit this link to learn more about the proposal, and register.

Earlscourt Park Pathways Virtual Open House on February 23rd
The City is proposing pathway improvements to Earlscourt Park,  pathways at the west side of Earlscourt Park (1200 Lansdowne Ave).
These pathway improvements were initiated by local residents, which I fully support. The new pathways will connect to the existing park pathways, entrances, and amenities and will improve accessibility and connectivity throughout the park.
The City will be hosting a Virtual Open House on February 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm to present the proposed plan, and answer questions from community members. 
Community members can register through this link.

Open House for Park at 261 Nairn Ave on February 22nd

A new park is coming to 261 Nairn Ave!

The city will be hosting an open house on February 22nd for residents to see the preferred concept design! I encourage community members to join this open house to ask questions, and see the results of this engagement process!

Community members can visit this link to register.

Survey On Backyard Hens Pilot Program Continues Until February 11th
The UrbanHensTO Backyard Hens Pilot Program will be coming to an end on March 31, 2022. As the city examines  the impacts of this pilot project, residents are invited to complete a survey and share their thoughts about the pilot and the future of the program. This includes any considerations related to nuisance, public health, food security, veterinarian care and animal welfare in Toronto.

The deadline for feedback is February 11, 2022, and residents can complete the survey through this link.

Consultation on Single-Use & Takeaway Items Underway Until March 4th
The City's is conducting a round of public consultations on reducing the use of single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. The objective of the  consultation is to gather public feedback on the implementation timing for the Single-Use and Takeaway Item Reduction Strategy, proposed mandatory measures, additional items to be addressed through the Reduction Strategy, and more.
Residents are encouraged to share their feedback through the online survey by March 4th. The City will also be hosting virtual public events on February 15th and 16th as well.
Visit this webpage to learn more and take the survey.

City Continues Black History Month Celebrations
As Black History Month continues, the City of Toronto is providing programming and celebrations in recognition of Black history and Black Canadian contributions. Residents can visit this link to see the City's various activities during Black History Month.

Among these efforts, the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division has displayed a poster series at a number of locations, including the City’s outdoor rinks. These posters, like the one above, feature notable Black figures, and their contributions in engineering, computer science, public service, anti-racism advocacy and activism, sports, and technology.

The posters were designed by local youth artists Brandon Baghaee and Taliyah Barham, and residents can download the posters here.

City Launches Updated Toronto Parking Green P App
The City released an updated Green P app on February 1st. This new update comes after months of beta testing, user trials, and customer feedback. 
The new features in the update include a modern redesign to the user interface, a Quick Park feature that lets users park in two clicks with the same details from recent sessions, and more payment options like Apple Pay and Google Play.
You can download the new and improved Green P app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store here.

City Launches MyToronto Pay 
On February 1st, the City announced the launch of MyToronto Pay, a new digital payment platform. The MyToronto Pay offers online payment options for City of Toronto property tax and utility bills.
With MyToronto Pay, users will now have one more option to pay and manage property tax and utility (water and solid waste) bills in Toronto. Users will be able to pay immediately or schedule future payments, receive email receipts, and get dedicated customer support (live chat, phone, email) to answer questions or concerns in real-time.
Click here to learn more.

City Council Gives Green Light to Garden Suites

Last week, on February 2nd, City Council voted to allow garden suites. Garden suites will allow more community members to live in and contribute to our neighbourhoods, and will add to our city's range of housing options as we work to build a more affordable city.

Click here to learn more about garden suites.

The Atmospheric Fund Launches the EV Station Fund
On January 25th, the Atmospheric Fund launched the EV Station Fund. The EV Station Fund is a $2 million program that will provide municipalities, utilities, multi-family buildings, retail and other community groups with technical and financial support to install new EV chargers. 
Building owners, retail owners, and other community organizations with public or private parking lots are encouraged to check out the program and apply for incentives if they qualify. 
Please visit this webpage to learn more.

CafeTO Registration Continues Until April 2nd
The City continues to accept applications from local restaurants and bar operators who would like to expand their outdoor dining space into the curb lane and onto sidewalks,  where possible.
Applications will be accepted until April 2nd, 2022. There is also matching grant available this year of $7,500 for eligible businesses.

To register and apply for permits you can use this link.

TD Park People Grants Continues to Accept Applications Until February 28th

The TD Park People Grants is a program that supports and mobilizes community parks groups, community organizers, non-profits, park professionals, and funders who activate the power of parks. TD Park People Grants has begun accepting applications for a $2,000 grant to help build connections between people and parks.  This grant is to support a vision for environmental education, sustainability and stewardship programs that helps connect people to their local parks and green spaces. More information and the link to submit an application is below.

What: TD Park People Grants support activities that promote environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in Canada’s parks and green spaces.

When: Applications are open from January 10 to February 28, 2022. Grant recipients are announced in April and activities take place between April 16 and December 31 2022.

Who: Community groups from cities across the country including the Greater Toronto Area.  A minimum of 50% of all grants will be given to underserved community groups, ensuring equity-seeking groups are involved in shaping the natural spaces that matter to them.

You can find further information here.

Retail Accelerator Program information sessions

Register for an upcoming virtual information session on February 15 to learn more about the City of Toronto's Retail Accelerator Program and how to apply. Part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative, the new program provides access to retail training, advisory services and mentoring opportunities, as well as a micro grant of $10,000 to help retail businesses develop and expand.

Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program to help operators and owners of vacant storefronts 

The City of Toronto's new Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is offering matching funding of 50 per cent to commercial business operators and owners of vacant storefronts (or, in certain limited circumstances, at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements. The program is a key part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2022 or when funds are expended, whichever comes first, and are considered on a first received, first reviewed basis. Download application form [PDF] and submit.


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