Update on Toronto Islands Ferry Service
This afternoon, the City announced that ferry service for the public to Toronto Islands will remain suspended until June 30, at the earliest.
Ferry service for the general public has been halted since March due to Transport Canada orders and guidelines limiting capacity on ferry vessels, and Public Health recommendations to avoid crowding. Under these conditions, it has not been possible to operate the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and ferries safely. As well, currently all public and commercial amenities on the Toronto Islands are closed under Provincial Order, including playgrounds and the Centreville Amusement Park.
Ferry service is currently being provided to Wards Island for Toronto Island residents only, as legislatively required. This service has been adjusted to follow federal guidelines for health and safety.
The City's Office of Recovery and Rebuild continue to work on planning the reopening of City facilities and services, based on the advice of our Public Health experts. Ferry service to the Islands for the public is being reviewed, to develop potential alternative plans that can manage a number of factors, including the physical distancing of lines at each ferry dock location, and new online ticketing technology to limit crowds.
City staff will assess these plans and the status of Provincial Orders in June, as well as evolving public health conditions, to determine if changes can be made to allow ferry service that can follow public health standards.
Toronto Islands are one of our city's most cherished parks, and as warm weather arrives, it is a destination that many residents and visitors look forward to. It is a critical resource for recreation and green space for many of us, but we have to ensure that people can enjoy it safely without putting themselves and others at risk.
While public health data and guidelines will determine when ferry service can resume, the City of Toronto is continuing to increase access to public spaces for people to enjoy through the ActiveTO program. ActiveTO is opening up more space to allow physical distancing outdoors by opening up streets for cyclists and pedestrians, limiting vehicle traffic on quiet streets, and expanding the cycling network across our city, including in the Ward 10 community.