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


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



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


Toronto Pearson 2018 Runway Resurfacing

June 13, 2018

Dear Resident--

I would like to provide you with an update on the recent runway resurfacing project.

The resurfacing project on runway 06L/24R is now complete. The project involved the resurfacing of the runway, connecting taxiways and some electrical work. During the spring resurfacing project, the General Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) were able to complete all required work for 2018. They will not need to undergo a second phase of work in the fall as initially communicated.

On average, they milled and paved close to a kilometer-long section of runway every night, for a total of approximately 80,000 m2 of original surface removed and 16,000 tonnes of asphalt paved.

For more information please visit the GTAA's website


Green Bins in city parks

The City has just put Green Bins in 20 parks with off-leash areas.  Putting dog waste in Blue Bins (recycling) can contaminate the whole bin, causing the contents to end up in a landfill. The Green Bin pilot began in May and will go into the fall. After this time, the City will evaluate the success of the program and determine if the program should be expanded to all Dog-Off Leash Areas in the

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Informative new videos from the City's Solid Waste Management Department

May 16, 2018

The City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Division has released an engaging and informative video for children regarding safety around garbage trucks. I thought you may be interested in distributing the video to your classroom teachers so that students are aware of potential dangers. Here are the links to the video in English and in French.