Protecting Tenants Through City Policy

Friends,

We have been working for a generation to advance meaningful protections for Toronto residents that depend on rental housing.

I am pleased to share that several measures aimed at protecting tenants and growing our rental housing supply were moved at today’s Planning and Housing Committee. In particular, I want to highlight a staff report on implementing a Renovictions Policy for the City of Toronto.  

A renoviction is when a landlord illegitimately evicts a tenant from a rental unit by alleging that vacant possession of a rental unit is needed to undertake renovations or repairs. Renovictions can include refusing to allow a tenant who has exercised their right of first refusal to return post-renovation, illegally raising the rent on a returning tenant, or not undertaking major renovations after evicting renters.

There has been a growing trend of renovictions in Toronto. While investments in the repair and renewal of ageing rental housing is crucial to bringing buildings to a state of good repair, and ultimately improving the overall safety and livability for tenants, we must ensure that tenants are protected from bad-faith evictions.

In the absence of adequate policies from the provincial government to deter bad-faith evictions, Toronto and other cities are considering steps to address the growing trend of renovictions within their authorities. In January 2024, the City of Hamilton adopted a Renovation Licence and Tenant Relocation By-law that aims to prevent renovictions and mitigate harms to tenants by requiring a licence to renovate tenanted rental units. The Hamilton by-law includes several new requirements of landlords to achieve these objectives and establishes a dedicated investigation, compliance, and enforcement framework.

The Renovictions Policy Implementation staff report considered today provides an update on staff analysis of the Hamilton Renovation License and recommendations for developing a Toronto Renovictions By-Law.

I was proud to voice my support for advancing the development and implementation of a Renoviction by-law for Toronto, and together with my Planning and Housing Committee colleagues adopted the staff report with amendments, unanimously. My comments on this item can be viewed here.

Other key measures advanced today include updates on a new Community Housing Sector Modernization and Growth Strategy and Launching the Rental Housing Supply Program. These items will next be considered at the June 26-28 City Council.

Thank you to all of you who have advocated for and actively worked to build a more fair and affordable housing system in our city. The steps that we are taking could not happen without your efforts and involvement.

Sincerely,

Gord

Click the video above to hear my comments at Planning and Housing Committee.


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  • Under Armour Toronto Waterfront 10K Race - June 15, 2024- Road Closures

  • Explore farmers’ markets as summer arrives in the city!


TTC Transit Update notice - 2024 King Street West watermain/streetcar track renewal


203 High Park Seasonal Service - Update

Starting on Sunday, June 23 2024, weekend service to High Park will begin.

Buses will operate between High Park Station and High Park every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through to the Labour Day weekend, including Monday, September 2. Please see route map below.

More information can be found here: 203 High Park seasonal service (ttc.ca)


Basement Flooding Study Areas 42, 44 and 62 - Virtual Public Meeting

Basement Flooding Study Area 42, 44, 62 is located downtown from St. Clair Avenue West to Lake Ontario and Jane Street to the Don Valley Parkway. This area has experienced basement and recurring surface flooding during extreme rainfall events. A study is underway to determine the contributing factors to surface and basement flooding. The City is recommending solutions to improve the City’s sewer system and drainage routes in order to mitigate flooding problems.

If you are the owner of a single-family residence, a street level storefront business, free-hold townhome or a condominium property manager, we want to hear from you. We invite you to learn about the recommended solutions in your neighbourhood.

The City is hosting a virtual public meeting to share details about the study recommendations. The meeting will include a presentation followed by a Question and Answer period.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Register: https://toronto.webex.com/weblink/register/r3512ce3eaafdbd2826521549bb0e32e6 (opens in new window)

To join by phone (audio only) call +1-416-915-6530 and enter Access Code: 2630 798 5803 and Webinar Password: 36968696 

Please visit toronto.ca/DowntownBF for more information.


Under Armour Toronto Waterfront 10K Race - June 15, 2024- Road Closures

The following roads will be closed from 4am-11am on Saturday, June 15th for the Under Armour Toronto Waterfront 10K race. 

Closures: (Times: 4:00 am to 11:30 am)

  • Lake Shore Blvd W (full road) all lanes from the west side of Strachan to the east side of British Columbia Rd
  • Lake Shore Blvd (full road), all lanes from Windemere Ave to the west side of Bathurst
    • Maintain curb lane on Lake Shore Blvd West for traffic between British Columbia Dr, west to Gardiner Expressway west access ramp
    • Maintain eastbound curb lane access from Windemere Ave to Oarsman Dr Eastbound
    • Maintain access to Ontario Place from Stadium Rd to Ontario Place Parking Lot 1

For more information regarding the event, please visit: Under Armour Toronto 10K - June 15, 2024 (canadarunningseries.com)


Explore farmers’ markets as summer arrives in the city!

 

As Torontonians welcome the summer season, the City of Toronto is encouraging residents and visitors to explore farmers’ markets across the city, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and everywhere in between.  

Farmers’ markets play an active role in the local food supply chain, provide Torontonians with access to fresh foods, and give residents another reason to get outside, explore communities across the city and support the local agriculture sector.  

There are 21 farmers’ markets hosted at City sites across Toronto, including: Baird Park, Masaryk Park, Sorauren Avenue Park, and parking lot of the Runnymede Presbyterian Church in Ward 4.    

More information, including a list of farmers’ markets in Toronto, is available on the City’s 311 webpage


 

 

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