Davenport Community Briefing - February 3



COVID-19 Updates

City Begins Reopening 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 lift some 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 per cent will be in place. 

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 Now Accepted At Any City Clinic

City Immunization Clinics are now accepting 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.


Vaccination Clinic Vaccination Clinic at JJP Community Centre Continues Feb 4


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 with 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

Further Updates on Snow Clearing & Winter Maintenance

The largest snow removal operation in the City's history continues to progress as city crews work 24/7 to clear snow with a focus on addressing sidewalks and local roads. The city has removed over 45,000 tonnes of snow so far from roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes. The city expects to remove at least another 40,000 tonnes over the next seven days.  The city has been preparing for the additional snowfall expected today, and remains committed to getting this work done.

As your City Councillor, I'm working hard to ensure your concerns regarding snow removal are addressed, and I continue to work with City staff to escalate community concerns as they are raised with my office.

During the last Executive Committee Meeting on January 26th, I supported the Mayor's motion to have a post-operational review conducted on the January 2022 major snow event, and the motion was passed by executive committee.

To monitor the locations of City snow plows, visit this link.

Further information on the City's winter maintenance services can be found at this link.


Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections Virtual Public Meeting February 10th

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 on Thursday February 10th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

You can register by visiting the following link.


Survey On Backyard Hens Pilot Program Open 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.


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. Details on how to register will be available closer to the date.
Please visit this link to learn more.

Earlscourt Park Pathways Virtual Open House on February 23rd
Good news! The pathways in Earlscourt Park are being improved! The City is adding new pathways at the west side of Earlscourt Park (1200 Lansdowne Ave).
These pathway improvements were initiated by local residents, and I fully support it. 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 6:30pm to 8:00pm to present the proposed plan, and answer questions from community members. 
Community members can register through this link.

640 Lansdowne Community Consultation Meeting A Success

On January 31st, I joined residents for the City Planning Community Consultation Meeting for the 640 Lansdowne affordable rental and long-term care home.
This much needed project will be developed on city-owned land, and proposes to build a 7-storey mixed use building containing 57 affordable rental dwelling units, 256 long-term beds, as well as non-residential uses on the ground floor fronting Lansdowne Avenue. This project will also have a 99 year lease and a park in a future phase.
Thank you to residents who participated and shared their thoughts and feedback on this important affordable housing project!

McCormick Arena Celebrating 50 Years
The McCormick Arena is an important recreational facility in our Davenport community. Created on November24th 1971 by Toronto City Council By-Law 319-71, the McCormick Arena is one of only 8 arenas in the entire City of Toronto that is managed by a volunteer Arena Board of Management. Since its creation decades ago, the McCormick Arenas has been an a vital community gathering place, and a venue for activity and athleticism. 
As the McCormick Arena approaches it's 50th year, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the McCormick Arena on this incredible milestone. I also want to thank the members of the McCormick Arena Board of Management, past and present, for their important work and dedication to community. It is because of the Board of Management's efforts, that the McCormick Arena has been successful for the past 50 years.

City Launches Updated Toronto Parking Green P App on February 1
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. This is the first refresh of the Green P app since the original launch in 2015!
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 a 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 Passes Community Crisis Response Unit pilots & SafeTO Implementation Plan

City Council is meeting virtually to discuss and advance a number of important initiatives facing our city.

Among these items was the implementation of the City Council approved non-police led alternative community safety response pilots for calls involving Toronto residents in mental health crises (EX29.1). City Council also discussed an update on SafeTO, the City's 10 year Community Well-being Plan which reimagines core elements of community safety and well-being, and encourages to shift from a reliance on reactive emergency response to a culture of prevention (EX29.2).

Both motions were passed by City Council on February 2nd, and will proceed to implementation.

I will continue to support transformative and innovative approaches with regards to how public safety is delivered in our City.


City Council Gives Green Light to Garden Suites

I know that housing affordability is an important issue for many residents in our community. Many of the families and communities that helped build our city are now unable to afford to live here, and that's not okay. I believe that as a city, we must work to ensure that there are a diverse range of housing options to accommodate people in all stages of life.

Garden suites are one of those options, and will allow more community members to live in and contribute to our neighbourhoods. I'm glad that on February 2nd, City Council voted to allow garden suites. Garden suites will add to our city's range of housing options, and are one of the tools we can use to build a more affordable city.

Click here to learn more about garden suites.


The Atmospheric Fund Launches the EV Station Fund
The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
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. The EV Station Fund will support installing about 300 charging stations in the GTHA by funding technical assistance and up to 50% rebates for installation costs.
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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