Review of Regulations on Fraternities and Sororities – Update
Earlier this year, I presented and successfully passed a motion to include a review of fraternities in Municipal Licensing and Standard's upcoming report on multi-tenant houses. As part of this work, City staff have been conducting consultations with stakeholder groups and the public, most recently through a public meeting on November 29th – you can review the meeting materials here.
However, there is still an opportunity to submit your feedback as part of this important review. If you could not attend the public meeting or attended and have additional feedback, you are encouraged to complete the "Public Feedback Form on Fraternity and Sorority Houses" document, available here. It summarizes the solutions that were discussed and includes a summary of strengths/weaknesses of each solution identified at separate stakeholder meetings as well as comments from the public meeting. You are encouraged to complete the "Provide your input on the solution" section as well as provide any additional solutions at the bottom of the document.
To submit the completed form – or if you would rather email your feedback – please email Mohamed Shuriye (contact information below). The deadline for comment submission is Friday, December 22nd.
Senior Policy and Research Officer
Municipal Licensing and Standards
City of Toronto
City Hall, 16th Floor, West Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
While many post-secondary institutions call Toronto home, fraternities and sororities have long been exempt from a framework that would allow for accountability and regulation at a Municipal level. Considering recent incidents in the United States and many ongoing issues in our community, I asked staff to look into a licensing framework that would ensure that these houses meet building codes and provide a safe and healthy environment for the students and alumni that live there. My hope is that such a framework will not only reduce the risks for the students living in and attending these homes, but also for the residents in the community in which they reside.
Despite attempts to mitigate issues, reports of problematic behaviour such as issues with garbage, extreme noise and property standards violations persist. I have also recently received disturbing reports regarding the rise of incidents of sexual assault at a number of fraternities – incidents that often, due to the stigma faced by survivors, can go unreported and unsolved. As a city, we must be clear that the prevalence of these incidents at these fraternity houses is unacceptable.
Please see my letter here.