Public Health Measures for Community Gardens

The Ontario Government is amending the provincial emergency orders to allow community gardens to re-open, once local public health rules are in place to keep everyone safe. 

Community gardens are critical to local food production and food security for  families and food banks. They also help to build strong connections and mutual care and support networks, and provide essential nourishment to our community. 

My team and I have been working actively with the Food Policy Council to ensure everyone in our City has access to healthy, affordable, sustainable, and culturally-acceptable food, and exploring how community gardens can re-open while keeping everyone safe. 

Toronto Public Health is now working to finalize public health measures for community gardens and the 2020 growing season, including instructions on physical distancing and cleaning and sanitation of shared equipment and services. I anticipate hearing more from our public health experts shortly, and will provide updates as soon as possible.