COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - November 10th

Dear friends,

Across our city, 200,000 kids age five to 11 will soon be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. For weeks now, Toronto Public Health and our Team Toronto partners have been building our comprehensive Team Toronto Kids campaign for once the approval and delivery of vaccines is secured. 

Our Team Toronto Kids campaign builds on all the lessons we've learned over the past year: Bring vaccines to people. Meet communities where they're at. Provide information, education, and support. Break down every barrier and build every bridge to vaccination.

More information about Team Toronto Kids is available below. For parents and caregivers that have questions, we’ll be launching information sessions, webinars, and telephone town halls, along with targeted outreach through our 300+ neighbourhood ambassadors. 

In our immunization campaign millions of Torontonians have already done their part and been vaccinated. Now, it's time for us to step up to protect our kids. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan released for five to 11 year-olds 
  2. Shop and Vax Clinics offer first, second, and third doses to eligible residents this week 
  3. Building and Protecting Affordable Housing in Our City
  4. Moving Ahead: Revitalizing and Transforming the Wellington Destructor
  5. Supporting Small Businesses through a New Property Tax Subclass
  6. CaféTO is Here to Stay 
  7. We Need Affordable and Accessible Childcare for All
  8. Development Public Meeting: 19-37 Queens Quay East
  9. Virtual Open House: SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station
  10. Remembrance Day ceremonies in the community
  11. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10
  12. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

1. Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan released for five to 11 year-olds 

Today, I joined Mayor John Tory and Dr. Eileen de Villa at City Hall for the launch of the Team Toronto 5 to 11 year-olds vaccination plan. The plan outlined today is needs-based, data-driven, and equity-focused, which will provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 200,000 eligible five to 11 year-olds living in Toronto. 

Team Toronto’s vaccination campaign is a city-wide partnership between Toronto Public Health, the City of Toronto, local school boards, Toronto hospitals, Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), local health care organizations, more than 155 Community organizations, family health teams, pediatricians, pharmacies and social service providers.

Team Toronto will place every available resource into a multi-pronged clinic delivery model once the vaccine is approved and delivered by the province. This model includes large fixed-site clinics – including the five City-run immunization clinics – school-based clinics, hospital and community-based clinics, more than 450 pharmacies and a number of pediatric and family physician practices.

To further support the vaccination uptake, Team Toronto continues to host a number of education sessions, webinars, and town halls for parents and guardians, newcomers, physicians, community agencies and ambassadors. These educational opportunities are augmented by hospital COVID-19 vaccination telephone consultation services. Team Toronto Kids also includes a comprehensive, multilingual ad campaign, for print, digital and social media. Aimed at parents and caregivers of eligible 5 to 11 year-olds, the ads will connect them to information and encourage vaccination.

More information is available here. 


2. Shop and Vax Clinics offer first, second, and third doses to eligible residents this week

From Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14, dozens of neighbourhood clinics across Toronto will be offering first, second and third COVID-19 vaccination doses at local malls, shopping centres, community centres, libraries and pharmacies as part of the City of Toronto's latest Shop And Vax campaign.

This week's awareness campaign highlights 58 COVID-19 clinics, some of which will also offer the flu vaccine. No appointment is required to receive the vaccine at these clinics.  

Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at all clinics, according to provincial guidelines released November 3. Residents eligible for a third (booster) dose include:

  •   Residents born in 1951 or earlier, at least 6 months after the second dose
  •   Vulnerable older adults in congregate settings
  •   Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  •   Health care workers
  •   First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults
  •   People who received two doses of a viral vector vaccine (AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen)

A full list of Shop and Vax clinic locations and hours can be found on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage here


3. Building and Protecting Affordable Housing in Our City

Building accessible neighbourhoods and ending chronic homelessness must be our goal across the city. Ending homelessness is possible, but it starts with doing everything we can to protect our existing affordable housing stock, and acting immediately to build as much new affordable and supportive housing as possible.

Parkview Arms – 935 Queen St W

Multi-unit residential properties – also known as rooming houses – are critical to our city's affordable housing supply. City Council has now approved a plan to purchase the Parkview Arms, a 58-room rooming house at 935 Queen Street, directly across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. By purchasing the Parkview Arms, we’ll be able to ensure that the property and rooms remain accessible for all residents, and continue to provide much-needed affordable housing in our downtown community. 

150 Queens Wharf Rd

When it comes to building affordable housing on City-owned land, we have to think big. 

For the past few months I’ve been pushing to get 25% more units added to our affordable housing development at 150 Queens Wharf Rd, and I’m thrilled to share that today Council approved the plan. 

150 Queens Wharf Rd is the last block of undeveloped land in CityPlace. The new building will include 141 much needed affordable rental units, as well as a new EarlyON child and family care centre. Learn more at the project website here.

Affordable Housing in Bayside

The comprehensive precinct plan for the new Bayside neighbourhood in the East Bayfront includes new parks, a waterfront promenade, office and residential development, as well as land for future affordable housing – a critical component of inclusive neighbourhoods. 

A first phase of 80 new affordable housing units in Bayside was completed in 2018. Now, City Council is considering adding the second phase, which includes at least 215 more affordable units, to the Housing Now Initiative. Housing Now provides streamlined and expedited technical reviews, as well as marketing and development for the City's 10-year Affordable Action Plan. Folding this project into the program means that more affordable housing will be built faster in our waterfront community. 

Inclusionary Zoning – Requiring Affordable Housing in New Developments

After years of pushing for an inclusionary zoning policy, which makes it mandatory for new developments to include affordable housing, Toronto has finally taken a step in the right direction. 

City Council has approved an Inclusionary Zoning Official Plan amendment, a Zoning Bylaw amendment and draft Implementation Guidelines, which will make it mandatory for certain new developments to include affordable rental and ownership housing units beginning in 2022.

Inclusionary Zoning will secure five to 10 percent of condominium developments (over minimum unit thresholds) as affordable housing, increasing gradually to eight per cent to 22 per cent by 2030. The amount of affordable housing required will vary depending on where in the city the development is located and whether the units are intended for rental or ownership, with the highest requirements in the Downtown area, followed by Midtown and Scarborough Centre.

While I believe that our Inclusionary Zoning policy could have been stronger, it is a step in the right direction, and will be closely monitored and reviewed after one year to allow for adjustments that may be required to ensure more affordable units. 

Click here to learn more


4. Moving Ahead: Revitalizing and Transforming the Wellington Destructor

After 35 years of dormancy, we're bringing the Wellington Destructor back to life. Today's Council approval means moving forward with TAS to transform this historic site into a new arts, culture, and community hub, along with new commercial space.

The revitalized Wellington Destructor will be a new local landmark that residents and visitors alike can enjoy for years to come. This is city-building at its best: transforming a historic public asset into a dynamic hub that will serve our rapidly growing downtown community. 


5. Supporting Small Businesses through a New Property Tax Subclass

Supporting our small local businesses is more important than ever. Yesterday, Council voted to move forward with a 15 percent property tax reduction to small businesses.

The new small business property tax subclass will come into effect for the 2022 tax year. It is estimated that property tax reductions will apply to approximately 25,000 small businesses across Toronto, or 60 percent of all commercial properties.

This move will provide much needed support to preserve and rebuild Toronto’s main streets and will offer tax reductions for a broad range of small businesses across our city. 

Click here to learn more


6. CaféTO is Here to Stay 

City Council has voted to make CaféTO — the City’s outdoor patio program for bars and restaurants — permanent, and to waive permit fees for the program again in 2022. 

Designed as a quick-start program in 2020 to help provide outdoor dining space and business to local bars and restaurants during the pandemic, CaféTO saw a 51 percent increase in participation in 2021. This year, the program supported more than 1,200 restaurants with expanded outdoor dining opportunities on streets and sidewalks, including 940 restaurants with curb lane closures, totalling more than 12 linear kilometres of public space allocated for outdoor dining opportunities. 

A new, streamlined permanent application process is in the works.  Under the program restaurant operators will only need to apply once for year-round expanded sidewalk cafés. By making CaféTO permanent, the program will continue to provide support to local restaurants while also making city streets more vibrant for years to come. 


7. We Need Affordable and Accessible Childcare for All

Affordable, accessible, high-quality child care is critical for our pandemic recovery. That’s why I put forward a motion to Council calling for an update on negotiations between the Province and Federal Government on an agreement for a National Childcare Strategy. 

Affordable child care is long overdue. We simply can't afford to wait any longer for accessible child care that all families can afford. You can read the full text of my motion here


8. Development Public Meeting: 19-37 Queens Quay East

The City of Toronto Planning Division has received an application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the property at 19-37 Queens Quay East ("Phase 3" of the Pier 27 redevelopment).

You are invited to the virtual public meeting to learn more about the application, ask questions, and provide feedback: 

Monday, November 15, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
View meeting flyer for information on how to join

If you would like to review the architectural plans and other reports and studies submitted as part of the application, please use the following link to access the Application Information Centre: https://www.toronto.ca/25QueensQuayEast 


9. Virtual Open House: SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station

Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house about the future SmartTrack King-Liberty GO Station, which will be located on King Street West, near Hanna and Atlantic Avenues. Representatives from Metrolinx and the City of Toronto will give a short presentation and be available to answer your questions.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
View the flyer here for full details


10. Remembrance Day ceremonies in the community

The City of Toronto will be hosting outdoor Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11 that are open for public attendance, following current public health guidelines.

Locally, there will be a Remembrance Day ceremony at Fort York National Historic Site beginning at 10:45 a.m.

You will also be able to watch the ceremony from the Old City Hall Cenotaph live online: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto

For information about more ceremonies across Toronto, please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers/remembrance-day-service/


11. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10

Trinity Community Recreation Centre
155 Crawford Street
Every Tuesday until December 14th
2 pm - 6:30 pm
View flyer

Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
Every Wednesday until December 15th
5 pm - 7 pm
View flyer

Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
45 Fort York Blvd
Every Thursday until December 16th
4 pm - 8 pm
View flyer


12. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

The City of Toronto continues to provide resources and support programs to help businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19 and support safe reopening and economic growth and recovery.