The City's Response to Bill 185


I am deeply disturbed by impacts to our city from policy changes proposed by new provincial legislation, the proposed Bill 185 and Provincial Planning Statement 2024. On April 10, 2024 the Province released these policy changes with a 30-day window to provide comments.

Yesterday at City Council, staff presented a report detailing how the proposed changes in the omnibus Bill 185 would substantially impact our City’s housing and development approvals, economic development and employment lands, infrastructure and development charges, and regional planning and environment. The staff report also outlines the City’s comments and suggested revisions which will be submitted to the Province’s commenting portal. You can learn more about this item here: Agenda Item History - 2024.PH12.7 (

Staff expressed particular concern about how Bill 185 does not make up for the Province’s previous Bill 23 which reduced the City’s Development Charge and Parkland Dedication funding by an estimated $2.3 billion over 10 years.

The City’s 10-Year Capital Plan had earmarked these growth funding tools to pay for affordable and supportive housing and growth-related infrastructure including roads, transit, water and wastewater systems, as well as community services such as parks and recreation, childcare, and libraries.

Without these funds that the City had previously budgeted on, staff fear that service levels may decline as the city grows and this can have the consequence of slowing the supply of housing. 

It’s important to remember that if our City is not able to make the investments we need in housing, it will cost us more in terms of the human and economic cost to the City of homelessness. 

After the City expressed concern about the impact of Bill 23 on our 10-year Capital Plan, the Province promised to ‘make our city whole’. The reality is that the proposed Bill 185 only reduces Bill 23’s impact by approximately $144 million over a 10-year period, or about 6% of the total reduction in funding.

I am also alarmed by policy changes in Bill 185 that would further remove restrictions for development on farmland and other protected land in the GTA that can have downstream impacts on Toronto’s environment, such as negatively affecting our waterways including the Humber River.

You can hear my comments at Council on this matter here.

I am proud of our City’s strong response to this proposed policy. I encourage you to contact MPP Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to share your thoughts on Bill 185 and I will continue to support staff’s efforts at advocating for necessary revisions.  



  • 1337-1355 King St. West - Community Consultation Meeting

  • EHON Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study - Public Consultation

  • West Parkdale Cycling Connections Project

  • IE14.3 - Cycling Network Plan Update (2025 - 2027)
  • Update regarding the Jameson On-Ramp Gate to Westbound  Gardiner Expressway
  • City of Toronto issues final 2024 property tax bills

  • Annette Village Farmers' Market Starts May 29

  • City Spray and Splash Pads now open!

  • Toronto Public Library Customer Appreciation Day
  • Reminder: Share your Feedback on Improving Dogs off-leash Area

1337-1355 King St. West - Community Consultation Meeting

An Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Application has been submitted for 1337-1355 King Street West.

The application proposes a 10-storey residential building with 92 affordable rental housing units including 10 rental replacement units. A total of 8 vehicular parking spaces are proposed with access from Dunn Avenue.  The existing Phoenix Place apartment building (1355 King St W) will be fully retained on the site.  

To allow you to learn more about the application, ask questions, and gather feedback, City Planning will be holding a Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

This meeting will be in-person AND on-line. The meeting will include presentations from both City Planning staff and the applicant, followed by a Q&A period to allow for discussion. The in-person will begin with an Open House.

In-person: Tuesday, June 4, 2024     6-8 PM

The meeting will be held in the Phoenix Place Basement, 1355 King St. West

  • 6-7 PM: In-Person Open House
  • 7-8 PM: In-Person & Online Presentations and Q&A


On-line: Tuesday, June 4, 2024     7-8 PM

Register to attend online community meeting at:

An in-person and online presentation and a Q and A will take place from 7-8 PM.

More information is also available in the notice below. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 4th.

EHON Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study - Public Consultation

Small-scale retail, service and office uses support daily life in Neighbourhoods and encourage complete, connected communities, contributing to amenity, sustainability, equity, diversity and vitality.

As part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative, the City of Toronto is investigating ways to support the preservation and growth of these uses for existing and future residents of the City’s designated Neighbourhoods.

The report PH12.4 - Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods - Neighbourhood Retail and Services Study Phase Two Proposals Report (Agenda Item History - 2024.PH12.4 ( was adopted at the May 9th Planning and Housing Committee meeting. The report forms the basis of a city-wide consultation program to inform a refined Zoning By-law Amendment and final report to be considered in late 2024. 

Public Consultation will take place in-person and virtually. More details are below.

  • In-person:
    • Etobicoke – Monday, June 3, 2024 - Toronto Public Library – Eatonville Branch Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Scarborough – Thursday, June 6, 2024 – Scarborough Civic Centre – Rotunda from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Toronto and East York – Tuesday, June 11, 2024 – Metro Hall, Room 308/309 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • North York Centre – Wednesday, June 19, 2024 – North York Memorial Hall Burgundy Room A from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Virtual:

West Parkdale Cycling Connections Project

Thank you to everyone that participated in the West Parkdale Cycling Connections consultation.

The public consultation period is complete and you can review the Public Consultation Report on the project webpage.

Transportation Services is seeking City Council authority to install the proposed bikeway from The Queensway to Brock Avenue. Changes are being recommended on the following streets: Glendale Avenue, Merrick Street, Claude Avenue, Parkdale Road, Sunnyside Avenue, Galley Avenue, Macdonell Avenue, Fern Avenue, Seaforth Avenue, O’Hara Avenue and Maple Grove Avenue. If approved, the bikeway and associated changes would be installed as early as August 2024.

Highlights of the recommended design can be found on the project webpage and include the following:

  • Bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes and/or shared lane markings on Glendale Avenue, Merrick Street, Claude Avenue, Parkdale Road, Sunnyside Avenue, Galley Avenue, Macdonell Avenue and Seaforth Avenue
  • Changes to street directions on Glendale Avenue, Parkdale Road, Sunnyside Avenue, Macdonell Avenue, Pearson Avenue, Seaforth Avenue and Maple Grove Avenue
  • Changes to on-street parking on Glendale Avenue, Sunnyside Avenue, Pearson Avenue, Galley Avenue, Macdonell Avenue, Fern Avenue, Seaforth Avenue, O’Hara Avenue and Maple Grove Avenue

As part of the approval process, staff will present to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of City Council on May 28, 2024. A copy of the staff report is available on the Committee webpage for item IE14.4.

Members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to the Committee.

How to Participate

If you want to speak at the meeting, please contact the Infrastructure and Environment Committee Administrator at 416-392-4666 or [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2024.

You can also submit comments by emailing the Committee at [email protected]. All communications and public submissions will become part of the public record and will be listed in the legislative record of the meeting. Learn more about this process.

You may also send comments by mail:

Infrastructure and Environment Committee

Attn: Committee Administrator

Toronto City Hall, Floor 10, West Tower

100 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

IE14.3 - Cycling Network Plan Update (2025 - 2027)

An update on the Cycling Network Plan for 2025 – 2027 will be presented at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on Tuesday, May 28th.

The Cycling Network Plan seeks to build on the existing network of cycling routes to connect gaps in the current network, grow the network into new parts of the city, and renew existing parts of the network to improve safety.

 This report provides a status update for the 2022 - 2024 Near-Term Implementation Program and seeks City Council endorsement of the 2025 - 2027 Near-Term Implementation Program as a roadmap for the delivery of new and renewed cycling infrastructure in Toronto for the next three years.

The report includes Parkside Drive from Bloor Street West to Lake Shore Boulevard.

Work on the Parkside Drive Study is on-going. The City of Toronto is studying Parkside Drive, between Keele Subway Station and the Martin Goodman Trail, to identify interventions in addition to those that were introduced in the last year, that could improve safety and mobility along the corridor with a focus on people walking, cycling and other vulnerable road users. Consultations took place earlier this year. The assessment of all potential actions will be finalized and conclude with a staff report to City Council this fall.


Update regarding the Jameson On-Ramp Gate to Westbound  Gardiner Expressway

Contract 2 of the F. G. Gardiner Rehabilitation, to rehabilitate the elevated section between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue, is underway and expected to be completed in mid-2027. 

Over the past several weeks, staff have been working to develop a comprehensive plan to accelerate construction and reduce traffic impacts.


The ongoing construction works has created additional congestion on the Gardiner along with increased congestion on Lake Shore Boulevard West as drivers divert to Lake Shore Boulevard West to avoid the construction zone. Staff have identified that opening the Jameson Gate (westbound Gardiner on-ramp), which is located west of the Gardiner worksite, would help to relieve the traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard West by providing a route back on to the Gardiner expressway.


Currently, the Jameson Gate is closed between 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (p.m. peak period), Monday to Friday. This p.m. peak period closure has been in place since 2017 to manage the movement of traffic onto the Gardiner. With the Contract 2 Gardiner Rehabilitation works there is a need to enable diverted traffic to leave Lake Shore Boulevard West and rejoin the Gardiner.


City of Toronto issues final 2024 property tax bills

The City of Toronto has started issuing the 2024 final property tax bills, the second of two tax bills sent to property owners annually. The 2024 interim tax bill was issued in January. The funds collected through the final property tax bill will help address critical infrastructure needs, accelerate capital projects, support state-of-good-repair work and enhance public spaces across Toronto.

The City is reminding property owners that payment due dates for final tax bills under the regular remittance schedule are July 2, August 1 and September 3.

A variety of property tax, water and solid waste relief programs are accessible to lower-income property owners. Additional details can be found on the City’s Property Tax, Water & Solid Waste Relief and Rebate Programs webpage.

More information can be found on the City's website here.

Annette Village Farmers' Market Starts May 29

Annette Farmers' Market is a popular market known for its fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, dairy and artisanal food products.

This community-based market operates every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm - rain or shine - in the parking lot of the Runnymede Presbyterian Church at 680 Annette St.

The new season begins May 29th and will run until October 9th. It's a vibrant and welcoming community space that provides a unique shopping experience to support and engage with those who grow and make our local food. Vendors are passionate about their products and take pride in offering high-quality, fresh and healthy food options. 

City Spray and Splash Pads now open!

From Friday, May 17 through Sunday, September 15, splash and spray pads will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information including locations and the opening of ten outdoor pools early in June are available on the City’s Splash and Spray Pads webpage: 


Toronto Public Library Customer Appreciation Day

A message from the Toronto Public Library:

We’d like to thank you. Yes, you!

We’ve been through a lot in the last several months, and you stuck by our side through it all. Your support meant the world to us as we recovered from a cyberattack that disrupted our technology and services.

To show our appreciation, we’re hosting a customer appreciation day across our 100 branches on Saturday, May 25. Drop in to your local branch between 10 am and 2 pm for refreshments, prizes and special activities. See you then!


Reminder: Share your Feedback on Improving Dogs off-leash Areas

The City is exploring ways to improve its dogs off-leash areas to accommodate a growing population and the many different ways Torontonians want to use our parks. This includes reviewing the approach to dogs off-leash areas, examining the design and delivery of new off-leash areas, identifying ways to improve and maintain existing off-leash areas and ways to enhance the experience for park users.  

Residents are asked to share their feedback through a public survey by May 24 on the City’s Improving Dogs Off-Leash Areas webpage. The feedback will help inform a staff report to Council later this year.  

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