You’re invited to Parkdale FitPlay – Jan 27-Feb 28

The Parkdale Village BIA is proud to support a local community initiative; Parkdale FitPlay!

Kicking-off on Wednesday, January 27 for 4 weeks, and with the support of local fitness leaders and personalities, you’re invited to get outside, get fit and have fun!!

The Parkdale FitPlay Campaign provides a fun affordable way for Parkdalians to be active outdoors safely throughout the winter months while connecting with a variety of local health, fitness, and business leaders from Parkdale’s diverse Black / BIPOC communities.

The Parks: Explore in your own time Budapest Park, Lakeshore Blvd Parklands, Centennial Park on the Exhibition grounds, Dufferin-King Parkette, Masaryk Park, McCormick Park and Charles G. Williams Park. Click here for Map

The FitPlay: Community members are encouraged to visit designated public park locations and participate in self-led physical exercise and play, inspired by the FitPlay letter key.
How it works: Each letter of the alphabet, A to Z, is associated with a simple exercise most can perform some variation of safely. E.g. A = 10 high knees on the spot.
Participants self-select a word or phrase and perform the exercises associated with each letter. E.g. P A R K D A L E = 10 squats, 10 high knees on the spot, etc.
Mix up your FitPlay by choosing a new word, a new park  or a new challenge each time and invite your Parkdale friends and neighbours to do the same!

The event creator, Debbie King (@supafitmama), is a long-time Parkdale resident, active community member, and energetic fitness leader who some may recognize from @f45parkdale or @black.student.success .

Debbie King – Community champion, Athlete, Fitness leader

Knowing how important yet how challenging staying active can be during the darker, colder months, and recognizing the restrictions on fitness facilities, Debbie set out to create a motivating way for Parkdalians to get moving safely outdoors.

#ParkdaleFitPlay was created to inspire more movement, as well as greater connections with local Black fitness leaders, Black-owned businesses, and amazing wellness brands close to home,” she said.

Follow along on Facebook or Instagram to view videos from local health leaders, to get fit and win weekly prizes from some of our wonderful sponsors! Check out the Facebook Event here!

Hashtags: #parkdalefitplay
Tags: @parkdafitplay @supafitmama

Contest Details: One prize pack per person. Ontario residents, must be 18 years of age. Winners drawn by 4pm end of week. Contest runs January 27-February 28, 2021. To be eligible you must Like, Share, Comment or use #ParkdaleFitPlay online to enter. Prizing has no cash value.

Applications open for new Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Applications are now open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The program provides up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the province-wide shutdown. New businesses established since April 2019 can apply if they meet other eligibility criteria. For help applying check out the user application guide, or contact the City’s BusinessTO Support Centre for one-on-one virtual support.

CurbTO program re-opens to allow temporary pick-up zones

This is how you can park for free on major streets in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s CurbTO program is now accepting requests from small businesses for temporary parking pick-up zones. The program allows main street businesses to provide easier curbside pickup for customers—helping to support these businesses while Toronto is in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. Main street businesses and BIAs can register for the program.

Applications from individual licensed businesses will be reviewed beginning November 25, 2020.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Portal – NOW OPEN!

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Portal – NOW OPEN! 
If you are a Canadian business, a non-profit organization, or charity that has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.  

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.  
If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

Supporting Local has never been more important!

Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015

Typically the last weekend in November is celebrated as Shop Local weekend as residents are encouraged to Shop within their own communities, in an effort to keep people out of malls & big box stores. The shopping landscape has certainly changed, but as some reports show, many big box stores are doing well and people are moving more and more to online shopping.

What can you do about it? Before you shop online at big box stores, check with your local shops to see if they have what you need or if they can order what you need – many are here to look out for their customers and will try and support you just as much as you want to support them

Supporting local can mean a lot of things – as many local shops shift to online or pivot their businesses, you can continue to help by keeping your money local, buying a gift card for a holiday gift, leaving a positive review on a businesses Facebook or Google profile, posting your local favorites on a community message board, ordering food from the restaurant directly for your holiday celebration or even donating to local causes within the community. Every little bit helps!

So this season, although you may see fewer Deals, Discounts, or Events from your neighboring businesses, please find new ways to support and celebrate them! We ask you Parkdale, follow #ShopTOWest or #ParkdaleLove throughout November & December and search out ways to help keep our Mainstreet alive. See a deal; tag us, enjoy a fabulous meal; tag us, find the perfect gift; tag us, attending a virtual event; tag us – and let’s help spread some Parkdale Love.

Ways to support, eat, donate, explore, shop local; check our Instagram & Facebook Stories for around the clock deals & announcements

Nov 19, 26, 28 online & various locations / Block by Block 2020 Exhibition Parkdale
Nov 13 – Dec 4 @ various locations / Parkdale Art Window Project

Property tax and energy cost rebates available for businesses affected by COVID-19 public health measures

On November 16, businesses in modified Stage 2 regions or, going forward, in areas categorized as control or lockdown, can apply for rebates to help with fixed costs, such as property tax and energy bills. Find out if your business is eligible.

About the rebates

Starting November 16, businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (modified Stage 2 restrictions or, going forward, in areas categorized as control or lockdown) can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.


Support is available for businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of modified Stage 2 public health measures announced on October 9, 2020. Going forward, areas categorized as control or lockdown will qualify.

Currently, this applies to businesses in:

  • Ottawa
  • Peel
  • Toronto
  • York Region

Types of businesses that are eligible for support include:

  • restaurants and bars
  • gyms, facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities
  • performing arts and cinemas
  • bingo halls, gaming establishments, casinos, conference centres and convention centres
  • community centres, multi-purpose facilities, and museums
  • personal care services (with exception of oxygen bars)
  • racing venues
  • meeting or event space
  • in-person teaching and instruction

The following businesses will not be eligible:

  • Business located outside modified Stage 2 regions (i.e., located outside Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region), or going forward, in areas not categorized as control or lockdown.
  • Business within the areas subject to public health restrictions that are not required to close or significantly restrict services.

What you’ll get

Eligible businesses could get rebates for:

  • municipal and education property taxes
  • energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil)

Funding will cover the entire length of time that regionally targeted public health restrictions are in place.

Property tax rebates will be combined with federal support provided through the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). This means you will get back 100% of your reported property tax and energy costs. Details on applying for the CERS are expected to be forthcoming from the Government of Canada.

Provincial rebates will also cover costs not covered by CERS.

Most businesses can expect to receive their rebate payments within a few weeks of submitting a complete application.

What you’ll need to apply

To apply, you will have to submit proof of costs and information related to your business’ revenue decline that is consistent with what you will need to submit as part of your Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy application.

For property tax rebates, this includes your property tax bills (or proof of costs associated with property taxes).

For energy cost rebates, this includes a digital copy of the first energy bill (including electricity, natural gas, propane or other) you received on or after the day Stage 2 restrictions were put in place in your region. You can also submit other energy bills if your business is heated by propane or heating oil.

How to apply

Application forms will be available starting on November 16, 2020.

You will be able to complete a single form to apply for both property tax and energy rebates.

Contact us

For questions about property tax and energy bill rebates, please contact the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659

Winter CaféTO program to allow outdoor dining areas

The CaféTO program has been extended to allow cafes on the sidewalk through the winter — providing more outdoor dining areas to help restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patrons. Full guidelines and requirements for operating a café throughout the winter months will be made available soon, when provincial regulations are made clearer.

Step 1:

Read the design guide  to understand the rules about safe and proper placement of a winter sidewalk café to keep them safe and accessible.

Step 2:

Café operators must have copies of the following documents on hand and available to be presented upon inspection:

  1. A completed Certificate of Insurance* 
  2. A completed letter of Municipal Non-Objection  to serve alcohol and a copy of your liquor license.
  3. Written permission letter  from the owner of an adjacent property, (if occupying sidewalk space in front of their business frontage)
  4. Written permission is required from your City Councillor if you are occupying space on a flankage/boulevard (on a local road) and don’t have an existing R57 permit.

Check for updates on winter maintenance, tents and structures, and heater guidelines, and private property patios.

Annual General Meeting – Nov 9, 2020

Members of the Parkdale Village BIA are invited to attend our


Monday November 9th, 2020 6:30pm

Virtual Meeting


  1. Call to Order, Introductions and Opening Remarks
  2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
  3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  4. Approval of 2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  5. Auditor’s 2019 Report
  6. Appointment of Auditor (to prepare 2020 Audited Financial Statements)
  7. Community Updates
  8. Program Highlights:
    • Streetscape
    • Marketing
    • New and Future initiatives
  9. Proposed Program and Budget for 2021
  10. New Business
  11. Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2021.  This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties.  As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.  If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA. Notices for the above AGM have been mailed by the City of Toronto to property owners and mailed by the BIA to commercial tenants (businesses).

Due to COVID 19, this year’s AGM will be held virtually. BIA members will be able to attend the meeting via ZOOM by logging online or calling in. Members wishing to attend must pre-register with proof of membership to obtain the login/call in details. Please contact the BIA at 416-536-6918 [email protected] for more information and to pre-register.

Please RSVP/pre-register on or before Wednesday November 4th, 2020.

General Meeting Procedures:

To be eligible to vote, photo identification will be required and:

  • For Business Operators: A business card, or other proof of tenancy.
  • For Property Owners: A property tax bill or other proof of ownership

Only members of the BIA, and legal representatives of BIA members (proof required), are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting.  The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, states that Business Improvement Area Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.”

A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

Please note:  As per the amended City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, adopted by City Council at its meeting on July 4-7, 2017, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIAmembers at annual general meetings.   Therefore, a designate form has not been included in your AGM notice package.

Snapshot of 2020 & 2021 Budget:

  • Levy to decrease 7.0% in 2021
  • 2020 Decrease in Streetscape/Maintenance Expenses resulting from programs being cancelled or postponed due to pandemic
  • 2021 Increase in Amenities and Maintenance Expenses resulting from contractor fee increases and catching up to cancelled or postponed programs due to pandemic
  • General and Administrative costs include; office rent & equipment, consulting fees, accounting fees, auditing fees, WSIB, salaries, insurance etc (G)

*If you are not sure if you are a BIA member, please contact the BIA office and they will work with you to confirm your voting eligibility.

O’Hara Garden – Native Plant Giveaway – Sept 16!

Wednesday, Sept 16, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Parkdale People & Pollinators Peace Garden, in Honour of Parkdale’s Black Communities
Dear Parkdale Neighbours:
Interested in free native plants for your balcony or yard?
The Parkdale People & Pollinators Peace Garden, in Honour of Parkdale’s Black Communities, is sharing free plants,
in partnership with Project Swallowtail and the Parkdale Village BIA.

WHERE: corner of Queen Street West & O’Hara
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 4pm to 6pm – Rain or shine! First come, first served!
WHAT: Two native flowers / plants per balcony or yard
BONUS: A container + soil supplied for balcony growers. Please bring a wagon / friend to help you carry if needed.
Just supply plant love & water! Thank you for helping to honour Parkdale’s Black communities.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing during plant pick-up.

(For more info on the Parkdale People and Pollinators Peace Garden, in Honour of Parkdale’s Black Communities, click here.
rejuvenation/ For more info on Project Swallowtail, click here.

King, Queen, The Queensway and Roncesvalles (KQQR) Construction Update

Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)
Start Date: September 8, 2020 End Date: August 2022
Timeline is subject to change.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated various infrastructure upgrades at the King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR) Intersection, The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West and rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge at The Queensway.

The infrastructure improvements will start in September 2020 with underside bridge rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway.

The remaining work starting in 2021 includes:

  • Topside bridge rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge at The Queensway
  • Replacing watermain and relining combined and storm sewers
  • Road reconstruction and sidewalk replacement
  • Overhead wire replacement and reconstruction of the TTC track allowance and platforms
  • Relocating streetcar stops
  • Reconfiguring the KQQR intersection including: removal of the eastbound right-turn channel, removal of the centre TTC platform on The Queensway, a dedicated streetcar lane, left-turn lane, through lane and right-turn lane on the eastbound approach, new raised TTC platform/bicycle facility on Queen Street West and realignment of the northbound approach on King Street West
  • Completing the Roncesvalles Avenue design from Harvard Avenue to the KQQR intersection, including streetscape improvements and two raised TTC platform/bicycle facilities at the northbound and southbound transit stops
  • Modifying the TTC platforms on Roncesvalles Avenue from Dundas Street West to Harvard Avenue so accessible streetcar ramps can operate
  • Adding dedicated eastbound left-turn lanes on The Queensway at the Sunnyside Avenue and Glendale Avenue intersections
  • Extension of the dedicated eastbound bicycle lane on The Queensway to Glendale Avenue
  • New sidewalk on south side of The Queensway at Glendale Avenue intersection for north-south pedestrian crossing on both sides of the intersection
  • Installing a new traffic control signal at the Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway intersection
  • New street lighting

This work is required to bring the TTC and City’s infrastructure to a state of good repair and improve intersection function for all road users and is part of the 2020 Council-approved Capital Budgets and Works Program.

Please note that following the underside bridge rehabilitation work on Parkside Drive, the remaining construction will be delivered in stages throughout 2021 and 2022. Please see map on Page 4 for more details. Construction Updates will also be distributed throughout the contract duration.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION WORK IN TORONTO As restrictions on construction have been lifted by the Province of Ontario, City-led infrastructure will continue to proceed. During construction, the contractor is responsible for the Health & Safety on site under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and is expected to implement COVID-19 mitigation practices. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19 please visit


  • Work crews will mark the location of underground utilities, such as gas, water and cable so that the construction does not interfere with these utilities.
  • You may experience dust, noise and other inconveniences. The City will make efforts to reduce the impacts. We appreciate your patience.
  • Property owners should remove items located within City property limits (boulevard), such as patios, landscaping and / or decorative objects. If you have a patio, or sprinkler system within the boulevard, follow up with the Public Consultation Unit listed on Page 4.
  • The City will not be responsible for damage to any privately owned items on City property. Work Hours for Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway starting in 2020: Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, including some extended hours or additional weekend work as approved by the City. Work Hours for Remaining Work starting in 2021: Work hours will be 24 hours / 7 days a week for the remaining work in 2021. Further details will be provided on the project website listed on Page 4 and in future Construction Update notices.
  • Accessible Accommodation: Residents who require accommodation (level entry, longer notice, etc.) must contact the Public Consultation Unit listed on Page 4 to arrange for access during the construction period.
  • Pre-Construction Inspection: A third-party contractor will survey all properties within 30 metres of the construction area before each construction phase starts. Participation in the survey is voluntary; however, participating is important in determining if the construction caused damage. The inspection will look at the exterior and interior of all properties to verify existing conditions. Affected properties will receive a separate notice to set up an appointment. All inspection staff will wear photo I.D. and carry photo equipment for this work.
  • Physical Distancing: There are times when contractors need to communicate with property owners about what is happening on-site. Contractor’s staff will be identifiable by their high-visibility clothing. Where possible, a phone number for a contact person on-site will be provided on notices to answer questions about work near your property. At other times, the contractor may knock on your door, but will then step away the required distance to discuss the work that is taking place and what can be expected that day. Please practice physical distancing with workers so everyone can remain safe. If you have questions, call the contact provided on this notice.
  • Road and Sidewalk Access: In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the work zone. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Driveway Access: The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to your driveway access. If your property has two entrances, one entrance will be kept open at all times.
  • Parking: Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated nearby with no charge to the owner. If your vehicle is moved, please contact parking control for its location at 416-808-2222. Affected properties will get additional parking information.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Please follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move bins to an appropriate location and return them. Please ensure that you label your bins with your address.

TTC Service: During the underside bridge rehabilitation work on Parkside Drive at The Queensway starting in 2020:

501 Queen streetcar service will continue to operate west of Roncesvalles Avenue during the bridge work at Parkside Drive. Stairwell access at Parkside Drive to/from The Queensway streetcar stop will be closed until October 30, 2020. Streetcars on The Queensway will not be stopping at the Parkside Drive stop during this time. Intermittent delays for the 80 Queensway bus service can be expected during lane restrictions on Parkside Drive.

During the 2021 – 2022 work related to the KQQR intersection;  504/304 King, 501/301 Queen, 508 Lake Shore and 402 Parkdale Community Bus routing changes will be required. Diversion details will be provided in a Construction Notice prior to the start of the 2021 project. Routing information will also be issued by the TTC and posted at transit stops along the affected routes. Information will also be posted on TTC’s website:


WORK DETAILS Work Stages, Dates and Location Work Traffic Restrictions** *Subject to change ** More details on traffic restrictions and staging will be provided throughout construction

Advanced Work:

  • September 2020 to February 2021
  • Parkside Drive, North of Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • Bridge rehabilitation to the underside (sub-structure)
  • Minimum 1 travel lane in each direction on Parkside Drive under the bridge.

Stage 1:

  • February 2021 to July 2021 KQQR Intersection
  • The Queensway: Parkside Drive to KQQR Intersection
  • Queen Street West: KQQR Intersection to Triller Avenue
  • a) Watermain replacement and sewer relining
  • b) TTC pole replacement, overhead wire removals and installation, track work, (Lighting, platforms, curbs etc.), retaining wall installation, road reconstruction (base, curb gutter, sidewalk)
  • c) Rehabilitation of The Queensway bridge at Parkside Drive (outer lanes)
  • 1 east / west travel lane in each direction will be maintained at all times

Stage 2:

  • July 2021 to April 2022
  • The Queensway Median: Parkside Drive to Sunnyside Avenue Southwest corner of KQQR Intersection
  • King Street West: KQQR Intersection to approximately 100 m south thereof
  • a) Watermain replacement and sewer lining (King)
  • b) TTC pole replacement, track work, (lighting, platforms, curbs), road reconstruction (base, curb gutter, sidewalk)
  • c) Streetscape work at Beaty Boulevard Park (southwest corner of the KQQR Intersection)
  • d) Remove and install new overhead TTC wires
  • e) Rehabilitation of The Queensway bridge at Parkside Drive (inner lanes)
  • 1 east / west travel lane in each direction will be maintained at all times

Stage 3:

  • April 2022 to August 2022
  • Roncesvalles Avenue: Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
  • a) Watermain replacement and sewer lining
  • b) Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue: TTC pole replacement, overhead wire removals and installation, track work, (Lighting, platforms, curbs etc.), road reconstruction (base, curb gutter, sidewalk)
  • c) Harvard Avenue to Dundas Street West: Platform upgrades for accessibility
  • Roncesvalles Avenue will be fully closed to all traffic.


Advance Work: September 2020 to February 2021

Stage 1: February 2021 to July 2021

Stage 2: July 2021 to April 2022

Stage 3: April 2022 to August 2022 / Harvard Avenue to Dundas Street West: AODA upgrades to existing TTC platforms


If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact us.

Public Consultation Unit

Michael Vieira, 416-392-3074, [email protected]

TTC Senior Community Liaison

Diego Sinagoga, 416-393-2197, [email protected]

City Councillor for Ward 4 Gord Perks 416-392-7919, [email protected]

TTY Hearing Impaired Service

416-338-0889 (7 Days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays)

General inquiries: 311

Website: Please visit project website for detailed information regarding these works (including design renderings), and / or choose to sign-up for email updates:

Thank you for your patience. Building a great city takes time. Better infrastructure for all of us is worth the wait.