Davenport Community Briefing - February 24

Neighbours,



COVID-19 Updates

Province Proceeds With Next Phase of Reopening

The Ontario Government is proceeding with the next steps in the provincial reopening plan.

The province has now:

  • Increased social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;
  • Increased organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors;
  • Removed capacity limits in certain indoor public settings like restaurants, bars, cinemas, and other food & drink establishments, where proof of vaccination is required;
  • And more

Effective March 1st, the province will be lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings, as well as lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings. I encourage residents to learn more here.


City of Toronto Begins Reopening City Hall and Civic Centres for Counter Services

The City of Toronto has begun to reopen City buildings to residents and staff. Residents can now receive select in-person counter services at Toronto City Hall and civic centres.

These in-person counter services include:

  • Payments for property taxes;
  • Utilities and parking violations;
  • Construction permits;
  • Tree removal permit applications;
  • and COVID-19 rapid screening kits for small and medium-sized businesses.

Some of these in-person counter services will require booking an appointment in advance, while other services will be made available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Residents can click here to learn more.


Upcoming Local COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on March 5th


Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults

City Immunization Clinics continue to accept walk-in visits for COVID-19 vaccinations while continuing with booked appointments. All five City immunization clinics are also offering walk-in third dose COVID-19 vaccinations for youth aged 12 to 17. Youth are eligible for a third dose if approximately six months (168 days) have passed since their second dose.

Information on City immunization clinics can be found here. Residents can also book an appointment online or call the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).


Spaces Still Open for March Break CampTO Registration

Registration for March Break CampTO is open, including in-person and online camp experiences for ages four to 12 and adapted programs for ages six and over. Camps take place from March 14 to 18 and will reflect the provincial COVID-19 requirements at that time.

With March Break just a few weeks away, I encourage interested residents to learn more about CampTO here.


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.



City & Local Updates

City Council Passes 2022 Budget

On February 17th, City Council passed the 2022 City of Toronto Budget! The 2022 Budget includes a $14.99B Operating & Rate Supported Budget, and a $46.58B ten-year Capital Budget.

The 2022 Budget invests in a number of important priorities and programs that residents have expressed support for. The 2022 Budget will allow us to:

  • Invest in public health, including the largest and most successful vaccination campaign in the country
  • Add 62 frontline paramedics as part of the Council-approved Toronto Paramedic Services Multi-Year Staffing and Systems Plan
  • Accelerate transformational work to deliver affordable and supportive housing
  • Invest in transit to keep Toronto moving and equitable – including a TTC fare freeze and a plan to restore TTC service to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Support Toronto’s economic recovery with an emphasis on small businesses
  • Expand digital services for residents and business
  • And much more.

Below, I have provided more information on some of the specific investments in the 2022 Budget to support residents and our City.

Residents can visit this link to learn the basics, and visit this link to see the full details of the City Council Budget Meeting.


2022 City Budget Expands Support for Renters and People Experiencing Homelessness

The 2022 Budget will hire more by-law enforcement officers for our City's RentSafeTO program. The RentSafeTO program is a bylaw enforcement program that ensures apartment building owners and operators comply with building maintenance standards.

By hiring more officers for RentSafeTO, multi-tenant housing, and noise by-law enforcement, City Council is ensuring tenants and neighborhoods across our City maintain important safety and quality-of-life standards. Residents can visit this link to see the most recent RentSafeTO building evaluation results.

To support people experiencing homelessness in our City, the 2022 Budget will also expedite the delivery of 300 additional housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness who are currently in the shelter system. This is in addition to the 3000 opportunities committed on our 21/22 – two year plan.


2022 Budget Will Fund Community-led Crisis Response Pilots

As a part of the 2022 City of Toronto Budget, City Council approved funding for the City's Crisis Response PilotsThe pilots will seek to better support community health, wellness and safety by introducing an alternative model of crisis response that is community-led, person-centred and trauma-informed, with a focus on harm reduction.

The pilots will allow the City to test, evaluate and revise a non-police led crisis response before implementing it at a larger scale, and one of the pilot areas is in our Davenport community. These pilots, alongside with SafeTO, will help ensure the appropriate resources are devoted to assisting persons in crisis.

Residents can also learn more about steps the City of Toronto and Toronto Police are taking to address systemic racism, create alternative community safety and crisis response models, and more here.


Budget Increases Supports For Small Businesses

To support small businesses, the Budget will create a new small business tax subclass. This will lower property taxes on small business properties, which will help promote their viability and encourage robust main streets.

The 2022 City of Toronto Budget also includes a 15 per cent property tax rate reduction for small businesses. This reduction will help approximately 25,000 small businesses across Toronto.

Business owners can visit this webpage to see more information about supports that are available.


National Housing Supply Summit

Today, I joined with officials from all levels of government, community leaders, and stakeholders from across the country for National Housing Supply Summit. This summit is the result of leadership by the federal government, and I want to thank the federal Minister of Diversity and Housing and Inclusion, Minister Ahmed Hussen, for his leadership on this important file.

This summit brought together municipal, provincial, and federal leaders from across the country to discuss how to improve housing supply and housing affordability in cities, and communities across Canada.

The focus of the summit was building more affordable homes and I was pleased to join with so many others as we work together towards lasting solutions to housing affordability. 

As Chair of the City's Planning and Housing Committee I always welcome opportunities to work together with all stakeholders as this is the way we will most effectively implement the solutions we need.


Engaging Virtually on Important Issues Affecting Our City
This week, I joined many different panels to engage on many important issues affecting our neighbourhoods and cities.

On Tuesday February 22nd, I attended a Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) Ontario panel to discuss the important issue of housing policy.

On Wednesday, February 23rd, I joined an Empire Club of Canada panel to discuss the future of Toronto's waterfront, pictured above. We had an excellent discussion on the immense potential of Toronto's waterfront, and the role that all levels of government can play in helping us build a waterfront that truly works for everyone.

On Thursday, February 24th, I joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in delivering affordable housing. This panel was an opportunity for participants to learn how the City, the development community, and others, are working together to build more homes.


Keele-St. Clair Open House March 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The City will be hosting a public open house on March 3rd at 6:30 for the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study. This Keele-St. Clair Local Area Secondary Plan is a framework for managing urban growth in the area for decades into the future, and will provide the policies necessary to create a complete community with opportunities to work, live, play and shop.

The Secondary Plan policies that staff will present are the outcome from our Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study which I initiated along with Councillor Nunziata in 2019.

The upcoming virtual open house will be an opportunity for the community to provide comments and feedback on the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study before it is sent to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval and implementation. 
Residents can learn more and register here.

Earlscourt Park Pathways Open House A Success
Thank you to residents who joined the virtual open house yesterday evening on the proposed pathway improvements to Earlscourt Park.

These pathway improvements were initiated by local residents, and will connect to the existing park pathways, entrances, and amenities and will improve accessibility and connectivity throughout the park.

It is through this kind of community feedback and community consultation that we can build complete communities that works for everyone.

Looking forward, the project timeline for these improvements are as follows:

  • March to Early Summer 2022: Design Development and hire a construction team
  • Late Summer 2022: Construction starts
  • Late Fall 2022: Construction complete

More information can be found here.


Community Members Attend 261 Nairn Park Open House

Thank you to residents who joined the virtual open house on the new park that's coming to 261 Nairn Avenue! 

The City acquired the property at 261 Nairn Ave in 2021, which was previously a commercial/residential building, and converted it to parkland. The 261 Nairn park proposal was the result of community leadership and community consultation.

This meeting was an opportunity for residents to see the results of this engagement process. Your continued interest and engagement in our community is great to see.

Looking forward, the project timeline for this project is as follows:

  • Early Winter to Spring 2022: Hiring of a construction team
  • Late Summer 2022: Construction begins
  • Late Fall 2022: Construction complete, park opens

More information can be found here.


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.

Visit this webpage to learn more and take the survey.

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