March 21, 2018: Payday Lender Public Consultation at Metro City Hall

Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) is hosting a consultation on proposed new interim rules for payday loan establishments.

The Province of Ontario governs payday lenders and alternative financial services such as cheque-cashing, instalment loans and rent-to-own services. Ontario Bill 59 (Putting Consumers First Act) now provides municipalities with tools to regulate payday lenders through business licensing. As of January 1, 2018, the City has authority to restrict the number and locations of payday loan establishments.


Proposed rules for consultation
New rules being considered are:

  • creation of new business licence category for payday loan establishments
  • placing a cap on the number of establishments in Toronto, and
  • requirement that establishments be licensed by the Province prior to applying for a City-issued licence

This proposed interim approach will provide the City with a mechanism to mitigate the proliferation of these establishments while staff conduct a comprehensive review of the industry and develop final recommendations for regulation of payday loan establishments. The review will include continued research and broad public and stakeholder consultations to better understand the best approach for the City.

Consultation details:
When: Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3

We invite the public and stakeholders to join us for a presentation on the topic and an opportunity to provide input. The input received at this consultation will inform a report on payday loan establishments to Licensing and Standards Committee on April 10, 2018.

Materials from this meeting will be posted here.

Input and feedback can also be sent to: mlsfeedback@toronto.ca
More information: Vanessa Fletcher, 8-3478, Vanessa.Fletcher@toronto.ca


Free and affordable activities for March Break!


Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16 is March Break for elementary and high school students in Toronto. The City of Toronto is offering many free and affordable activities for students and their families all week that are fun for the whole family.

Drop-in programs
City of Toronto community centres offer free or low-cost programs for all ages. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or call 311.

Many outdoor artificial ice rinks are open until the end of the day on March 18, weather permitting. Locations, hours and program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.

Indoor leisure skating programs, including caregiver and tot, family skate and shinny, are free for all ages. Hockey helmets approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are mandatory for children under six years of age and all shinny hockey participants, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Schedules and locations are available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.

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#LoveWins Statement

As organizers and supporters of #LoveWins we have actively listened to concerns from community members about the March 29, 2018 event. Our intention was to bring the city together in love and healing after hearing from many people who wanted to come together in unity and strength. Unfortunately, the event created an unintentional division at a historic time in the LGBTQ2S community.

‎For the many who expressed support and enthusiasm for the concert, and gave freely of their time and talent to its organizing, we sincerely apologize for this disappointment.

We will postpone the event and work with all community members to ensure that any future endeavour will address the concerns raised thus far. We welcome continued dialogue and honour the broad spectrum of opinions in the community.

Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.

City of Toronto Calls Upon 49,000 Toronto Real Estate Board Members to Help Find Locations for New Emergency Shelters

TORONTO, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 – The City of Toronto's Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) and Real Estate Services (RES) are looking for new shelter sites to better meet the demand for emergency beds. They are working in partnership with the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) to identify properties that will meet the City of Toronto's shelter criteria. 

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Safe Injection Site Now Open in Fred Victor


Starting February 21, 2018, a safe injection site will be open at Fred Victor.

Where: Fred Victor, 139 Jarvis St. at Queen Street East, downstairs
When: 6:00pm to 12:00am, 7 days a week

Toronto has been facing an increasingly deadly opioid crisis and many are seeing their friends, colleagues and clients overdose on a daily basis. The installation of Supervised Injection Services (SIS) in Toronto cannot come any sooner. Toronto Public Health has moved as quickly as they can to address the increase in overdoses, through training and the distribution of Naloxone, but it still is not fast enough to respond to the emergency we are facing. For more information, please read my statement on the Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site.