Economic and Community Development

  • Statement on Policing in Toronto

    Yesterday at City Council, we had a long and spirited debate about policing, the need to change the way services are provided, systemic anti-Black racism, and racism in all forms as well as how we use our resources as a City for the better good. What emerged was a clear commitment that change needed to occur but there were two very distinct approaches to achieve the change we all know we need.  Many of you contacted me on this matter...
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  • Letter to the Ontario Minister of Finance Regarding Cannabis Retail Clusters

    In 2019, the City of Toronto was required to decide under provincial law whether cannabis retail establishments could operate in the City. As licenses continue to be provided, several residents have reached out with concerns regarding the clustering of these businesses and its effect on maintaining a diverse retail environment. While many of us are not opposed to these businesses, there is a vaild concern around the concentration of their services in our neighbourhoods. As cannabis dispensaries are regulated through...
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  • Updates on Sidewalk Cafe and Marketing Displays

    Do you have a sidewalk café or marketing display outside your business? A new and harmonized bylaw for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays comes into effect on September 1, 2019. The new bylaw will modernize regulations, create consistent guidelines and standardize the application process. Existing conditions attached to permits issued before September 1 will continue to apply, but there will be updated fees and regulations that current permit holders need to comply with. Learn more at
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  • Second Meeting of Special Committee on Governance

    The City of Toronto's Special Committee on Governance will hold its second meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in Committee Room 1 at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.At this meeting, Professor Gabriel Eidelman, Director of the Urban Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, will present findings from the University of Toronto's 2017 City Hall Task Force, which made recommendations to improve City Council’s core decision-making processes and procedures.A...
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  • Addressing Rat Related Complaints in our Communities

    The last few years have seen a dramatic rise in rat control related complains by residents and business owners. As a result, I recently moved a motion at City Council requesting that City staff report back in 2019 with possible improvements to mitigation strategies and rat control education initiatives to assist residents and businesses. In addition, my motion requests City staff ways to incorporate preventative rat mitigation strategies into capital works projects.
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  • City of Toronto offers free and affordable activities for March Break

    Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16 is March Break for elementary and high school students in Toronto. The City of Toronto will offer many free and affordable activities for students and their families that week. Drop-in programs City of Toronto community centres offer free or low-cost programs for all ages. More information is available at or call 311. Skating Many outdoor artificial ice rinks are open until the end of the day on March 18, weather permitting. Locations,...
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  • Toronto celebrates Black History Month

    Mayor John Tory has proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City of Toronto. Exhibits, lectures, events and other programming are planned at libraries, community centres and other public centres across the city. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the events and programs that City divisions and agencies have planned throughout the month. As well, there are several community-based programs and online exhibits to celebrate Toronto's rich Black history. Celebrate Black History Month at Toronto Public Library...
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  • Relief for Small Businesses on our Main Streets

    Many small businesses and low-rise commercial property owners are under stress from the Current Value Assessment model employed by MPAC for assessing the value of properties. That’s why I'm pleased to share with you that I supported an item at City Council which directed the Interim Chief Financial Officer to: a)    undertake a review of various tax policy tools that can be used to provide relief to small business owners facing unsustainable Current Value Assessment-related tax increases; b)    report back...
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  • City of Torontos holiday activities and services

    The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of City programs and attractions offered during the year-end holiday period. Most City of Toronto operations and all municipal offices will be closed on December 25 and 26, as well as January 1. City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week such as 311 Toronto and emergency services will be available. Information about curbside waste collection is provided later in this news release. The...
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  • Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics begin today

    Toronto residents can reduce their risk of getting sick with the flu by attending one of Toronto Public Health's free flu vaccine clinics offered from October 27 to November 17 at five locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctors' offices and at more than 600 Toronto pharmacies.  "The flu season runs from late fall to early spring and affects thousands of Torontonians each year,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. "Making sure you get your annual flu...
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City Hall Address:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C42
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Open: Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-392-7012

Fax: 416-392-7957

Constituency Office:

1240 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1N5

Open: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
1pm - 6pm

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