Registration for City of Toronto's winter swim and skate programs and March break camps begins this weekend

Registration for City of Toronto winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps starts this Saturday. The City offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs, including swimming, skating and camps, for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. This year the City added 20,000 new recreation program spaces that will continue to be available in 2019.

 Registration begins at 7 a.m. on: 

  • Saturday, December 1 in the Etobicoke/York and Scarborough districts

  • Tuesday, December 4 in the North York, Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York districts

Registration is ongoing for December holiday camps and winter recreation programs.

To help residents prepare for registration, customer service can be reached at 416-338-4386 and will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 29 and 30 and December 3. 

 Some areas of the Etobicoke/York and Toronto/East York Districts were merged to create the West Toronto/York District. The registration day for some of these locations has changed. Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Locations affected by this change can be found online at www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/wty.html or by calling 416-338-4386.

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 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre. 

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 www.toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed Fall/Winter FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide. 

Step 3: Register 
Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are three ways to register: 

  • Online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ (online is the easiest and fastest way to register) 

  • By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386 

  • In person at select locations listed in the printed FUN Guide and also available online at www.toronto.ca/rec  

 Residents who call the touch-tone registration line will be rerouted automatically to a customer service representative as touch-tone registration is no longer available. 

 Free recreation programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.  

If registrants are unable to attend 
Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are popular and many of them have waiting lists. If registrants are unable to attend the program they registered for, they are asked to contact their local community centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else. 

Welcome Policy yearly credit 
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. Those receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. Visit www.toronto.ca/wp for more details. 

Older adult discounts 
Adults 60 years and older receive a 50 per cent discount on the regular price of regular adult recreation programs, excluding private, semi-private and small group lessons.

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Make History by Naming Etobicoke Centre's Future Streets

The City of Toronto is transforming the Six Points Interchange from a highway-like junction to a community-centric Etobicoke Centre that will feature pedestrian-friendly intersections, boulevards, trees and bike lanes.

 Three new streets will be created as part of this work, and the City invites you to enter a friendly competition to name the new streets. Everyone is welcome to participate and submissions can be made online at toronto.ca/etobicokecentre.

 All entries must include details on why the name was submitted for consideration. Proposed street names should portray a strong positive image and have a historical, cultural, Indigenous or social significance or recognize the local community, the City, the Province of Ontario or Canada. Review the City's Street Naming Policy for full details on the criteria for street naming. Submissions can be made until Sunday, December 9.

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 More information on the competition and Six Points Reconfiguration Project is available at toronto.ca/etobicokecentre.


 

Winter is Coming – City of Toronto ready for cold and snow

 The City of Toronto is ready for winter. Snow-clearing equipment is arriving, salt supplies have been replenished, mapping and communication technology is ready to be enabled and crews are prepared to respond to the effects of cold weather on the City's watermains and water service pipes.

 "Snow and cold temperatures may be around the corner but City crews are ready, " said Mayor John Tory. "Through planning, technology and access to a robust fleet of snow-clearing vehicles, we are confident that residents and visitors will be able to get around safely and effectively all winter long."

 Toronto budgets more than $90 million annually to ensure that its roads and sidewalks are clear and safe during the winter season.

 The City has the following staff and equipment in its winter operations fleet:

  • more than 1,500 personnel (contracted and City staff) on standby 24/7

  • 600 snow plows

  • 300 sidewalk plows

  • 200 salt trucks

  • 200 pickup and dump trucks

  • 200 smaller pickups

In addition, cold weather and rapid swings between thaw and freezing temperatures can cause an increase in watermain breaks. City staff are ready to respond to service calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 As soon as the snow begins to fall, salt trucks are deployed to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after the main roads. The City's first priority during a snowfall is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. After that, crews move on to the local roads and usually complete clearing those roads between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends.

 "Salters are here, more equipment is on its way and staff and contractors are ready 24/7 to keep our roads safe now and into April if needed. We have a comprehensive winter operations plan that will help us through the entire 2018-19 winter season," said Barbara Gray, General Manager of Transportation Services.

 The City has also identified a priority network of bike lanes and cycle tracks in the downtown core that will continue to receive enhanced winter maintenance, including snow plowing and salting to improve safety for cyclists.

 Staff will diligently monitor weather again this season. Contracts are flexible so snow-removal equipment can be released later or earlier, depending on late-season weather forecasts such as for a late-winter storm.

 More information about the City of Toronto’s snow-clearing operations, including how and where the City deploys trucks and personnel, how snow clearing is prioritized, and more is available at http://www.toronto.ca/snow.

 Residents can track salt-truck locations and identify which roads have been serviced using the online tracking map at http://www.toronto.ca/PlowTO.

 More information about sidewalk snow-clearing in Toronto and a map of the areas where the service is provided are available at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow/sidewalks.

 Details about the City's Salt Management Plan are available at http://www.toronto.ca/salt.

 Cold weather is a major cause of watermain breaks but it is not the only one. The City is dealing with aging infrastructure, with the average watermain 59 years of age. To address this issue, the City of Toronto has committed $1.9 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade its watermain distribution system. More information can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/watermains.

 Cold weather can cause pipes inside the home and on private property to freeze. Residents are reminded to prepare their pipes for winter by wrapping foam pipe insulation around pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attics and garages. It is also important to seal air leaks around windows and doors, and to disconnect hoses and drain and shut the outdoor water supply. More tips are available at http://www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes.

 Residents can learn more about how to prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.

 Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.

Municipal Shelters

The current zoning regulations permit municipal shelters in most zones, with two locational conditions:

o 250-metre separation distance from another shelter

o requirement to be located either on a major street or on an intersecting street if the lot is within 80 metres of the major street

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5 to 8, 2017, to look at zoning by-law amendment options to provide more opportunities for locating shelters across the city. At its meeting on June 7, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold city-wide public consultations on the proposed options to increase the as-of-right zoning permissions for municipal shelters (PG30.8).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

  • Thursday November 22 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

  • Monday November 26 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3

  • Tuesday November 27 Metro Hall, Room 310

  • Monday, November 29 Scarborough Civic, Committee Room

Secondary Suites and Municipal Shelters Public Consultation

As-of-Right Zoning for Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites have been permitted across the City since 2000; however, existing zoning regulations only permit the creation of a secondary suite five years after the primary dwelling is constructed, and do not permit secondary suites in all townhouses.

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5-8, 2017, to report to Planning and Growth Management Committee in the second quarter of 2018 on a range of measures, including policy, regulatory and financial measures, that could provide incentives to facilitate the creation of additional secondary suites in Toronto. At its meeting on July 5, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold open houses to consult on draft zoning framework to support the creation of secondary suites; and report back with final recommendations and zoning by-law amendments in the second quarter of 2019 (PG31.12).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

  • Thursday November 15 Metro Hall, Room 310

  • Wednesday November 21 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

  • Monday November 26 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

  • Tuesday November 27 Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Toronto Heritage Grant Program - Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

 

The Toronto Heritage Grant Program assists owners of residential or tax-exempt heritage properties that are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

An owner may apply to receive a grant up to 50% of the cost of eligible conservation work once every five years.

Owners of house form buildings may receive up to $10,000, or if replacing an entire slate or cedar roof up to $20,000.

There is no maximum grant amount for owners of non-house form buildings.

 

For more information on the grant program, including eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

To search the City's Heritage Register, please click here.

Muslim Youth Fellowship applications are open

The Muslim Youth Fellowship is a non-partisan program which provides politically motivated students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with hands-on experience working with an elected government representative. 

 

The Fellowship is now accepting applicants to its leadership development and internship program. You can learn more about the program, including the requirements to apply, at www.youthfellowship.ca/program

 

The deadline to apply is August 24. 

The Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project

The Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project is a City of Toronto initiative that will match older adults (55+) who have a spare room in their home with younger adults (students) who are looking for affordable housing.  In exchange for reduced rent, the students agree to provide five to seven hours per week contributing to the household.  This could be preparing and sharing meals together, light housework, errands or walking a pet.

The Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project is about more than a room in a house – it is a way to help older adults age successfully in place and to remain engaged in their communities.  It is also a way to increase intergenerational awareness and connection

Older adult residents who are interested in finding out more about the HomeShare Pilot Project can visit http://www.nicenet.ca/.

 

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GTAA Noise Mitigation Initiative

The Summer Weekend East/West Runway Alternation Test starts on July 28 and will run Saturdays and Sundays through to September 16. The GTAA has provided information about a noise mitigation initiative. Although no significant impacts to Ward 3 are anticipated, please note the following information:

The summer weekend runway alternation test will involve alternating the use of the east-west runways.  This has the potential to provide residents on final approach and initial departure flight paths with periods of predictable relief from aircraft noise. A schedule is attached and online to help residents better understand potential benefits for their area.

Residents can find their location on a zoomable map and more information about the program, including the schedule, here. They will also be able to provide input throughout the testing period at torontopearson.com/runwayalternation.

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