You’re Invited: Toronto, Business and Employment Events Oct.7 – Dec.13, 2013

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Here are some city, business and employment events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events have FREE admission.
Photo: City of Toronto
Photo: City of Toronto

Urban Design Awards’ Exhibits

Free Admission

October 7 – 11: North York Civic Centre

December 9 – 13: Etobicoke Civic Centre

Dundas Street West and Toronto Entertainment District BIAs Win Urban Design Awards

  • Every other year, the City of Toronto holds Urban Design Awards to acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of our city.
  • Two of this year’s awards went to the following Business Improvement Area (BIA) projects.

    • Dundas Street West BIA (Business Improvement Area) received an Award of Merit for their Small Open Spaces initiative BIA.
      • PMA Landscape Architects, artists Scott Eunson and Marianne Lovink, the City and the BIA transformed a series of orphaned spaces into parkettes that enhance the area’s revitalization.
    • Toronto Entertainment District BIA received an Award of Excellence for their John Street – Toronto’s Red Carpet Master Plan, prepared by the Planning Partnership and URS.
      • This vision for the John Street streetscape captures the essence of what makes Toronto a vibrant centre for arts and entertainment.
      • The design provides the setting for international events and accommodates festivals and local activities.
    • Here is a schedule of the exhibits of all the winners of the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards.
  • These initiatives are part of the City’s Capital Cost-share Program for Business Improvement Areas which encourages private-sector funding for the beautification of City streets.
    • The City manages the project and once completed, the BIA maintains the improvements.
    • This successful City program supports more than 75 projects each year.
    • To learn more about Toronto’s BIAs and the City’s programs and services for Business Improvement Areas, please call 416-392-1291, email or visit

IMIT Helps with Hiring for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

  • Imagination Manufacturing Innovation Technology (IMIT) property tax incentive
    • supports the construction and expansion of buildings associated with a variety of sectors and uses across the city and
    • provides a program for eligible applicants to work with City staff to connect their business to qualified unemployed and underemployed residents.
  • As a new tourist attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will require 200 employees to operate and maintain their new facility.
    • Through the IMIT property tax incentive, Ripley’s has been working with City staff to connect to local jobseekers.
    • The City has hosted a number of Career Information and Networking events, connecting Ripley’s to nearly 400 qualified, enthusiastic jobseekers.
    • The City continues to work with Ripley’s to recruit, screen and match candidates in anticipation of their Fall 2013 opening.

City of Toronto Career and Information Event

FREE Admission

October 15

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street

Please register for the event online.

  • Find out about careers in the Toronto Public Service and meet with representatives from City divisions, agencies, boards, commissions, and corporations.

Opportunity Starts Here: Workforce Development Week

FREE Admission

October 21-25, 2013


  • Planning is well underway for the City of Toronto’s second annual Workforce Development Week.
    • Last year’s Workforce Development Week was an overwhelming success, with more than 3,000 Torontonians participating in events that directly connected them to more than 100 different employers.
  • The City is looking to partner with more businesses to help them secure the qualified and skilled employees they need.
    • Call 416-397-JOBS (5627) to find out how to get involved, to learn more about the different services the City has to help businesses with their hiring and recruitment needs or to bring your business on board for Workforce Development Week.

This year’s Workforce Development Week include the following events.

October 21 – Workforce Development Week

Strong Scarborough Community Information Fair

FREE Admission

Monday, October 21

1 – 4:30 p.m.

1250 Markham Road
Community Outreach Canada
(Markham & Progress behind Global Kingdom Ministries)

Contact: Wilma Leyden at 416-397-0073.

  • Join representatives from over 60 community agencies as well as the City of Toronto to learn about employment services, housing, health care and more.

October 22 – Workforce Development Week

Introduction to Social Enterprise

FREE Admission

Tuesday, October 22

1 to 4 p.m.

Metro Hall
55 John Street, Room 309

Email Robert Reed at to register for this event.

  • The Shelter, Support and Housing Administration division is proud to present a Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) information event.
  • This event is an information session for City staff and community partners interested in learning more about social enterprise.
    • It’s an opportunity to learn what social enterprises are, what it takes to start and run a social enterprise, and what job opportunities social enterprises can offer their clients.
  • The session will be led by TEF, which has 13 years experience in supporting the development and growth of social enterprises in Toronto.
    • Three social enterprises will join TEF to talk about their successes and challenges.

October 22 – Workforce Development Week

Malvern Employment & Social Services / Children’s Services Open House

FREE Admission

Tuesday, October 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Malvern Employment & Social Services
325 Milner Ave., 9th floor

Small Business Forum features inventor of $40 computer tablet.
Small Business Forum features inventor of $40 computer tablet.

October 23 – Workforce Development Week

Enterprise Toronto


Small Business Forum 2013

FREE Admission

Register for FREE today.

October 23

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd,
South Building Level 800,
Exhibit Hall E

  • The Small Business Forum is an event for entrepreneurs, from start-ups to established business owners across all sectors.
    • There will be more than 2,000 attendees.
    • The forum offers a full day of dynamic lineup of speakers, inspiring networking and learning opportunities, and a tradeshow.
      • Learn about mobile marketing, growing your business through strategic partnerships, and financing.
      • Book a coaching session with a seasoned entrepreneur.
      • Check out the tradeshow.
      • Attend a facilitated networking session.
  • The keynote speaker at this year’s event is the Canadian inventor of the $40 tablet – the cheapest wireless web access device in the world.
    • Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, has created the Aakash 2 which is poised to revolutionize educational access in the developing world.
    • Suneet will share what motivated him to undertake a challenge that others told him was impossible.
    • He’ll also speak about the principles of frugal innovation that are applicable to any entrepreneur and his experience making a global impact from a GTA (Greater Toronto Area) office.
  • To register, please click here.
  • There are also opportunities to be part of the tradeshow (info in pdf) to build brand awareness and generate leads.
  • Become a partner: Align your brand with an established event designed specifically for Toronto’s small business community. Details here [ PDF ].
  • For more information about the Small Business Forum, please visit

October 24 – Workforce Development Week

Diversity Employment Fair

FREE Admission

Thursday, October 24

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown Toronto

Register by emailing or call 416-486-2500 x8272 for more info.

October 24 – Workforce Development Week

Self-Employment Information Event

FREE Admission

Thursday, October 24

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive

Contact:  Brenda Carr at 416-392-4796.

  • Meet with organizations that can help you with:
    • getting started with a business,
    • developing a business plan,
    • financing information and more.
  • Presentations:
    • 9:30 a.m. – YMCA, University Settlement, Toronto Business Development Centre and the Toronto Public LIbrary (panel discussions).
    • 1:30 p.m. – John Howard Society of Canada.

October 25 – Workforce Development Week

Green Jobs Forum

FREE Admission

Friday, October 25

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Crossways Employment Services
2340 Dundas St. West, 3rd Floor

Please register by October 15 on their Employment Centre Portal. You can also call 416-397-9345 or 416-397-9332 to register or for more info.

  • A forum on the green jobs sector includes the following topics:
    • labour market information,
    • education,
    • mentorships/internships, and
    • employment.
  • Find out about:
    • green jobs,
    • education pathways to green jobs,
    • what employers are looking for, and
    • skills needed for a green career.
  • Speakers are from:
    • Green Living Enterprises,
    • Ryerson University,
    • Seneca College,
    • Toronto Workforce Innovation Group, and more.
  • Space is limited. Please register by October 15.

For a list of this year’s Workforce Development Week events, please visit

New Licensing Requirements for Personal Service Settings (PSS) Businesses

  • The purpose of the BodySafe program is to ensure that personal services settings (PSS) are clean and use practices that prevent the spread of infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other fungal and bacterial infections among those who receive or offer personal care services which include hairstyling and barbering, tattooing, micropigmentation (permanent cosmetics), ear and body piercing, electrolysis, manicures, pedicures or aesthetics services.
  • The City of Toronto has made changes to the Municipal Code Chapter 545-Licensing (info in pdf) requiring all businesses that offer personal care services to obtain a new PSS licence.
    • The bylaw is being phased in over the next three years as follows.
      • Starting with barbering and hairstyling establishment, a licence is required on July 1, 2013.
      • Tattooing, micropigmentation, body piercing, and electrolysis establishments will require a licence by July 1, 2014.
      • Manicure, pedicure and aesthetic services by July 1, 2015.

Shop Toronto Design Database Promotes Locally Designed Products

“With more than 28,000 designers currently working in Toronto, the city has the third largest design workforce in North America. To make it easy for tourists and residents to support local businesses and find unique-to-Toronto products, the City created Shop Toronto Design, a curated database that lists where locally-designed clothes, accessories, furniture and decor items can be found.

Contact to be included in Shop Toronto Design database or for more information. Stores must offer at least 50% locally designed clothing, accessories, or home and garden products in order to be included.”


  • There’s no line between technology and culture in Toronto. At Technicity, we seek to find the perfect recipe to create an ICT  hub that drives innovation and is home to burgeoning startup community.
  • ICT is the acronym for Information and Communication Technology.

TechniCity 2013 Explores What’s Next in the Technology Sector

IT World Canada Inc. in Partnership with the City of Toronto


Technicity 2013 | November 26

Celebrate • Connect • Grow

Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


Program: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
89 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto

Contact: Joe Mazzei, the City’s IT sector specialist at or 416-392-3482.

  • Toronto is home to 30% of the nation’s 40,000 tech firms.
  • Created to realize the inspiring and cutting-edge potential of Toronto’s technology sector, this event brings together technology leaders, entrepreneurs and the C-suite of Toronto’s business community to discuss growth strategies, challenges, opportunities and action plans to grow the city’s technology sector regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • This year’s event focuses on IT security and cybercrime.
  • Confirmed speakers include:
    • Angela Mckay, Director, Cyber Security Policy and Strategy, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft – Advisor to Obama’s Administration.
    • Greg Eskins, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions & Professional Services Practice, Marsh Canada.
    • Dr. Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa.
    • Kevvie Fowler, Partner, Advisory Services, Forensic , KPMG.
    • Nick Gallutto, Partner, National Leader Technology Risk Solutions, Americas Security, Privacy and Resiliency Leader, Deloitte.
    • Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, Divisional Policing Command, Toronto Police Service.
    • Rob Meikle, CIO, City of Toronto.
    • Greg Thompson, VP Enterprise Security, Scotiabank Group.
  • Please click here for more info about Technicity 2013.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

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

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



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