Toronto City Council meeting of January 31 and February 1, 2018
Review of shelter and respite services
Council adopted numerous recommendations to guide a review of the City's current cold-weather respite and shelter services, including reaffirming a 90 per cent occupancy cap for shelters. The City will keep respite/warming centres and drop-in programs operating as needed beyond April 15 this spring as a response to crowding in Toronto's shelter system. Funding for expanded shelter capacity is part of the City's 2018 budget process.
Councillor Holyday moved two successful motions to develop emergency plans for shelters and better communicate shelter availability through a web and graphic- based space availability reporting system, and to refine and communicate emergency and extreme weather shelter expansion emergency plans and activation protocols.
Business taxes in Toronto
Council considered options for supporting Toronto businesses through tax measures and decided to provide that support by capping this year's total tax increases for the commercial, industrial and multi-residential property classes at no higher than 10 per cent over last year's taxes.
Plan for waterfront transit network
Council endorsed a plan for Toronto's waterfront transit network and adopted a series of recommendations for implementation and reviews/studies on specific features of the network. Providing a continuous transit system across the lakefront which connects East and West to the downtown is an important section of the network and will help better serve Etobicoke Residents and alleviate crowding issues. The ultimate goal is an effective waterfront transit network from Long Branch and Lake Shore in the west to Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue in the east.
Councillor Holyday moved a successful motion to study the impact of vehicle traffic travel time along Lakeshore Boulevard West which could come from a new transit way along this stretch of important road.
Municipal accommodation tax EX30.4
Council approved the introduction of a four per cent municipal sales tax on hotel accommodations effective April 1 and on short-term accommodations (such as those occurring in principal residences registered under the City's licensing regime) effective as early as June 1. This replaces the Destination Marketing Program (DMP) which many hotels charged at the rate of 2.66 per cent.
2026 FIFA World Cup
Council authorized Toronto to be part of a North American bid to host the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup of soccer. The national soccer associations of Canada, the United States of America and Mexico are leading a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in cities across North America. Individual host cities will be selected in 2021, after FIFA's selection of the host country/countries this June.