Registration for City of Toronto fall/winter recreation programs starts next weekend

The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for fall and winter general programs, fall skating and swimming, and ski and snowboard lessons starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 for Etobicoke York district. Other districts follow, with registration opening on Sunday, September 10 for Scarborough; Tuesday, September 12 for North York; and Wednesday, September 13 for Toronto and East York.

Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, and has extended customer service hours and added more staff to provide in-person support where required. 

The City launched a procurement process earlier this year that will eventually result in the replacement of the City’s current registration system. Until a new system is in place, the City remains committed to making improvements to the current process. 

How to register
Step 1: Get account numbers
Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the Customer Service Call Centre at 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre. On September 6, 7, 8 and 11, call centre hours have been extended from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to assist with account information and any other questions related to registration for the fall/winter programs.

Step 2: Choose programs
Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created as part of the online FUN Guide via the above link.

Step 3: Register
Registration starts at 7 a.m., so residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are four ways to register: 
1. Online at http://efun.toronto.ca – the easiest and fastest way to register
2. By touchtone phone – follow the prompts at 416-338-0000
3. By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386
4. In person at select locations listed at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun and in the FUN Guide.

Duplicate registrations

Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are very popular. To give the greatest access to as many people as possible, clients registered for programs that occur at the same time must choose one program and staff will withdraw them from the other program(s), giving other residents a better chance to participate. 

Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. You can visit
http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation for more information about free and low-cost programming options.

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 and up) receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of adult recreation programs.


 

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Parkland Strategy

A city builds a park so that people can build community. Toronto is known for our parks and natural environment, and as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it.

However, there are gaps in the system; areas in the city where more must be done. And we must reinvest and re-invigorate our existing green space. 

Toronto's parks system is much more than official city parks; it includes open spaces, conservation lands, ravines, hydro corridors, schools and other privately owned, publicly accessible lands. We need to work together to ensure a liveable Toronto for today, and for future generations. 

The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks.  It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.

To learn more, and to join in the conversation, visit toronto.ca/parklandstrategy

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City of Toronto to launch easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations

The City of Toronto is introducing a new, easier and more convenient process to dispute parking violations. Disputes for parking violations received on or after August 28 will be handled by the City instead of through the provincial court, improving customer service by providing faster resolutions and a more efficient overall process.

Access to the new dispute process will be available 24/7 through the City's website, toronto.ca/aps. Individuals can request a review or dispute a parking violation online through the City's website. People who prefer to dispute a violation in-person can have their penalty reviewed at one of two City locations: Metro Hall (55 John St.) or North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.). In-person reviews can be booked in advance on the City's website and are also available on a drop-in basis.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuously improving and modernizing customer service. This new dispute process allows the public to request a review of a parking violation through a customer-focused, streamlined service.

All reviews, online and in-person, will be conducted by a City screening officer who can affirm, vary or cancel penalties, including having the authority to give people additional time to pay the penalty fee. If the individual is not satisfied with the penalty review decision, a second and final review can be requested with an independent, Council-appointed hearing officer.

Payment methods for parking violations remain the same, with payment either online, by mail or in-person at seven City locations.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/aps.

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Track your water use online- anytime, anywhere!

Summer is finally here and warmer temperatures mean your water use can increase by 20 per cent around the house. MyWaterToronto is an online tool that can help you become more aware of your water use habits and identify any water leaks. View your total and average water use by day, week, month or year in an easy-to-read graph or chart format.

Look for ways to save water and money in three easy steps.

Step 1: Get your utility bill

Step 2: Locate on your bill:

• Account Number and Client Number

• Last name or business name

• Postal code and payment method

Step 3: Visit toronto.ca/mywatertoronto

Good Food Market

The Good Food Market is an initiative sponsored by St. Philip's in partnership with FoodShare Toronto.

The purpose of the Good Food Market is to help provide low-cost, high-quality, fresh fruits in vegetables to the local neighborhood, address issues regarding food insecurity in the area, and foster a community space where residents can gather together as they shop for affordable produce.

The market began on June 15th, and is running weekly every Thursday from 4pm - 7pm in Capri Park until August 31st.

Have your say! Protecting Toronto's pollinators

The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto's bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto's pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views

Canada Day Celebrations taking place across Toronto

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy Canada Day in Toronto and celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at City-organized and community events across the city.

City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.

Four-day Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3

Beginning this Friday at 5 p.m., Canada Days, a free four-day music festival, will transform Nathan Phillips Square with music, dance, circus arts, food and more. Artists include Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie on June 30; Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on July 1; dvsn on July 2 and Belly on July 3. A fireworks show will end each evening at 10:55 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays. The event hashtag is #C150TO.


Canada Days at Humber Bay Park West, Mel Lastman Square and Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1

Also on July 1, beginning at 2 p.m., free Canada Days events will bring Toronto's rich cultural fabric to life in three communities across the city. Residents who attend will experience musical performances, circus arts, dance, food and a fireworks show at 10:55 p.m.

Canada Days is produced by the City in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays. The event hashtag is #C150TO. 

Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies at four locations on July 1 – Toronto Stands for Canada

Residents are invited to join one of four Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies offering a special opportunity to reaffirm their Oath of Canadian Citizenship on July 1 at Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre. Toronto, along with 17 other communities across the country, will "Stand for Canada" as presented by national sponsor CIBC in partnership with Canadian Heritage. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. The event hashtag is #StandforCanada.

West Toronto

The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) on July 1. Residents can spend the day at Centennial Park and use picnic areas, playgrounds and a wading pool or stroll around the pond or through the Centennial Park Conservatory, with its seasonal plant displays. There will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.torontoribfest.com.

Canada Day celebrations at Weston Lions Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W.) on July 1 will run from 5 to 10:30 p.m., with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.  

The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park (1507 Lawrence Ave. W.) will start at 9 a.m. with a flea market and an assortment of multicultural entertainment, children's activities, a talent search and vendors. There will be a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. More information is available at http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca.

Swimming pools, parks and community centres

City of Toronto parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and some beaches will be open on Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed, unless permitted for an event. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. The status of designated swimming beaches is available at http://ow.ly/Grq830cMjPU. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.

Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)

Visitors can enjoy iced tea on the new patio of Montgomery's Inn's. The Canada Day menu will feature a pinwheel sandwich tea plate and a celebratory Canada 150 layer cake. At 2 p.m., a special introduction to the inn will precede a tour where visitors can learn more about how the building is being revitalized. There will also be children's activities, cooking and strawberry ice cream in the historic kitchen.

Toronto Island Park – closed

Following record levels of rainfall in April and May, Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city are higher than normal. Due to the flooding and to ensure the safety of the public and the security of facilities, Toronto Island Park remains closed to the general public and regular ferry service is suspended. This closure includes all beaches, attractions and amenities on the Islands.

 

 

 

Upcoming Change to Parking Violation Dispute Process

Paying and disputing your parking violations will become easier this summer

Frustrated with having to wait months for a court date to dispute a parking ticket? Good news! Starting August 28, 2017, the City of Toronto will introduce an easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations. Disputes will be handled by the City instead of through the court, providing you with faster resolutions and a more efficient process.

 You will be able to request an online review of your penalty, meaning the entire process can be completed without having to leave your home. If you'd like an in-person review, you will be able to book an appointment at a time that works for you. Not satisfied with the decision? You will be able to request a second independent review of your penalty that will be final.

More details about this new process are available at toronto.ca/aps. Keep checking back for all the latest info!

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Enhanced Youth Spaces at LAMP RAY

Enhanced Youth Spaces are  positive and supervised spaces that are open to youth 5 – 6 days a week and include a range of amenities such as WiFi, couches, TVs, gaming consoles, foosball tables, pool tables, computers, recording studios, photography labs, and study spaces.

At Enhanced Youth spaces, youth will also have the opportunity to join some of Parks, Forestry and Recreations free programs that are tailored to youth interests. Some examples include Photography, Yoga, The Art DJ, Entrepreneurship, healthy cooking and Music Recording.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 3:00PM-9:00PM

Summer Camp Hours (July 5th-August 11th): Monday to Friday 12:00PM-5:00PM

 

Registration for the City of Toronto summer and after-school programs begins this weekend!

Etobicoke York registration for the City's summer swim and skate programs and After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programs will begin at 7:00AM on Saturday, June 3.

The City is committed to improving the registration experience: 

  • Extended customer service call centre hours on June 1, 2 and 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. will help people get ready to register. Call 416-338-4386.

  • Improvements have been made to the City website including easier navigation and more recreation planning tools.

Prior to registration day, residents are encouraged to get ready by following these steps:

Step 1: Get family and client numbers

Toronto residents need a family number and a client number for each family member. Call 416-338-4386 before registration day or speak with staff at a City community recreation centre to get these numbers.

Step 2: Choose programs

Visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or refer to the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide to browse and choose programs. Residents are encouraged to have a few program choices for each person in case their preferred program is full.

Step 3: Register

Registration starts at 7 a.m. so be sure to have all of your program choices and payment options ready.  Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to register for programs.

Four ways to register:

  • Online at http://www.efun.toronto.ca

  • By phone. Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available at 416-338-0000. Operator Assisted Registration is available at 416-338-4386.

  • In-person at select locations. A list of these locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/registration, by calling 311 or by speaking to staff at a City community recreation centre. 

After-School Recreation Care (ARC) programs

Residents can register for ARC online, by phone, or in-person. Register in-person at any civic centre during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (On June 12, in-person registration will begin at 7 a.m.) For more information about ARC programs, visit http://www.toronto.ca/arc.

Summer camps

Registration for our summer camps is ongoing. The City of Toronto offers camps to suit all children's interests, needs and abilities at a reasonable cost. Registration for camps and a listing of Toronto recreation programs is available at http://toronto.ca/torontofun.
Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations with available space.

Welcome Policy

Welcome Policy credits are available for residents with low incomes to register for City recreation programs. Anyone receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto is pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://toronto.ca/wp.

Older Adult Discount

Older adults (60 years and older) registering for adult programs receive a 50-per-cent discount in price.

Doors Open Toronto at 150 locations this weekend

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns this weekend, May 27 and 28, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Many of this year's unique and unexplored spaces will host exhibitions, architectural talks and a music series. More than 10 walking tours are also available.

Most venues will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A list of locations and hours is available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.

Event updates will be available through social media throughout the weekend.

New Municipal Land Transfer Tax & Property Tax Calculators

 

Eliminate surprises with new City of Toronto tax calculators

Looking to buy a new home? Use the new Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) and enhanced residential Property Tax calculators to get tax estimates instantly to help plan and budget for your next move.

These new calculators are available online and can be used anytime, anywhere. The MLTT calculator provides estimates for first-time home buyers, single family homes and all other properties. The enhanced Property Tax calculator provides a detailed estimate of the property taxes for residential properties and a breakdown of how your tax dollars are working for you. This is part of the City's commitment to modernizing services and improving customer experience.

For more information about Municipal Land Transfer Tax and/or Property Tax, visit toronto.ca/revenueservices.

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Toronto Pearson Airport Update

Construction Update:

Currently as of May 9, 2017, the GTAA remains on track to complete the first two phases of the runway rehabilitation project by mid-May, to avoid the summer months, at which point it will resume regular runway operations.  A third phase will be taking place in Fall 2017. 

Survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth:

This week Toronto Pearson launched an online public survey.  Its results will help inform its Residents' Reference Panel and will be shared with the public online.  Learn more and complete the survey here: TorontoPearson.com/RRP

Deadline extension for Toronto Airspace Review:

Due to increased interest in the Toronto Airspace Review, NAV CANADA has extended the deadline for public comment to May 31, 2017, to give increased opportunity for interested residents to submit their views and comments. Learn more and submit your comments here: TorontoAirspaceReview.ca