This video presents “Toronto Food Trucks BNN Small Business Week.”

  • BNN features the Gourmet Gringos and Toronto Food Trucks for Small Business Week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Certain issues of Toronto Food Trucks are discussed.

City of Toronto’s Town Hall Meetings for Street Food Vending Industry Review

  • This is an update to a previous blog, Invite: Summer Events Aug.2-29, FREE Cats, TTC & Toronto Alerts, Road Closures Aug.2-20, 2013, regarding Toronto Food Truck Pilot Project.
    • As part of the Street Food Vending Industry review, the City facilitated a two-month Food Truck Program at City of Toronto park locations wherein both visibility and pedestrian traffic were high to assess the feasibility of an expanded street food experience in the city.
    • The program ran from August to October, 2013.
    • During the program, food trucks were present at Allan Gardens, Canoe Landing, Roundhouse Park, Sherbourne Commons and Woodbine Park.
      • Data collected during the program has been used to inform the review
  • City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is reviewing the City’s street food vending bylaws to create a harmonized street food vending bylaw that balances the interests of all stakeholders and encourages a vibrant street food experience.
    • Stakeholders include food cart and food truck operators, local restaurants and businesses, and the general public.
  • You are invited to the town hall meetings to discuss the current street food experience and examine key considerations to be taken when drafting the harmonized bylaw.
  • The following topics will be addressed:

    • maximum designated area that food carts may occupy on sidewalks;
    • minimum distance that street food vendors must maintain when operating near established restaurants;
    • role of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in the permit issuance process;
    • current moratorium on street food vending in the downtown area and limiting the number of vendor permits issued;
    • opportunities for vending on public property (city parks, public spaces, right-of-way);
    • opportunities for vending on private property (parking lots); and
    • improved vending opportunities for mobile food vendors such as food trucks.
  • Here is a schedule of town hall meetings.
    • Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m. to noon, City Hall, Committee Room 3.
    • Tuesday, October 22, 6 to 8 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 3.
  • Consultation findings and recommendations related to improving street food vending for both food carts and trucks will be reported to the City of Toronto ML&S Committee in advance of the spring 2014 vending season.
  • Please click here for more info about the Street Food Vending Review.
  • Furthermore, ML&S provides a survey to obtain your feedback on industry practices, issues and possible solutions.
  • Contact Info
    Luke Robertson, Sr. Policy & Research Officer
    Policy and Strategic Support, Municipal Licensing & Standards
    City of Toronto, Toronto City Hall
    100 Queen Street West, 16th Floor, West Tower, M5H 2N2
    Telephone: 416-392-8794
    Email: lrobert5@toronto.ca
Aboriginal Dancer (Photo:City of Toronto)

Aboriginal Dancer (Photo:City of Toronto)

Aboriginal Month Poster Design Contest

 Calling all young Aboriginal designers and artists!

Contest deadline: Entries must be received by Friday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • To prepare for National Aboriginal History Month in June 2014, the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee is launching a poster design contest.
  • The winning design will be used to help to promote events leading up to the 2014 National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.
    • Toronto joins many communities across Canada to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
    • The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee will host events from June 12 to 30 including a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at 5:30 a.m. on the podium roof at City Hall.
  • If you are an Aboriginal youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years old and have artistic talent, the City of Toronto would like you to submit your artwork for use in the design of the annual Aboriginal Month poster.
  • They’re looking for powerful images that evoke Toronto’s spirit, energy and unique Aboriginal character.
  • Please click here for more info as well as the contest rules.
    • The winner will be
      • notified by November 29, 2013 and
      • announced publicly at the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards – December 4, 2013.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

October 15, 2013

Poster contest to help celebrate National Aboriginal History Month in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee is launching a poster design contest in preparation for National Aboriginal History Month in June. The contest is open to all Aboriginal youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years old. The winning design will be used to help to promote events leading up to the 2014 National Aboriginal Day in Toronto.

“We’re looking for powerful images that evoke Toronto’s spirit, energy and unique Aboriginal character,” said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee. “There is so much creativity in the Toronto Aboriginal community, and I’m sure the character will be well-portrayed. We are all looking forward to seeing all the entries.”

Entries will be evaluated based on content, creativity, uniqueness, relevance to the contest theme and overall visual appeal. Entries must be paint, pencil, multi-media, photography or in an electronic design format. A panel of three people will judge the entries and all judges’ decisions are final.

Entries must be received by Friday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be notified by November 29 and announced publicly at the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards, December 4. All submitted non-winning artwork can be retrieved from the City at the end of the contest period.

More information about how to enter and the contest rules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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