Parkdale Queen Night Market Aug 27 – Become a Vendor

Enjoy the night with PARKDALE’s finest food, arts, and live music.

You’re invited to the Parkdale Queen Night Market on Saturday August 27th, 2022. Enjoy this community event that helps highlight and celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of the Parkdale neighbourhood and local businesses.

August 27, 2022 from 2:00pm – 11:00pm along Queen St. West from Roncesvalles Ave to Triller Ave, including the outdoor lot 1668 Queen Street West, Toronto.


Over 100 + Parkdale local businesses to support, live music, food, drinks, free photobooth, fire dance show, face paint, games and more!

For more details click here, follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and to become a vendor please contact [email protected] or view the vendor form here.

We’re Hiring: Manager, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

Job Description  

Manager, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

The Manager is responsible for helping to update and successfully execute the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) Workplan. This position plays a critical role in maintaining day-to-day marketing, streetscape, and administrative activities of the PVBIA, in driving community initiatives, and economic development improvements, execution of programs, project management, customer service, member services, supporting local events, communications, and stakeholder relations, all in support of the PVBIA Board of Management.

The individual must be a solutions-oriented self-starter and possess strong organizational skills to ensure that priorities are assigned to projects and activities.

The PVBIA Managers’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Implement programs and policies as approved by the Board and the City, and as mandated by the Workplan;
  • Financial management of the PVBIA office and programs;
  • Advocating for small businesses, property owners, and organizations within Parkdale Village;
  • Establish, encourage and maintain positive, constructive, and proactive relationships with the PVBIA members as well as non-members; and
  • All administrative functions of the PVBIA.

Duties of the PVBIA Manager include the following:

Manage/support governance of the PVBIA

  • Organize monthly meetings, Annual General Meeting (AGM), prepare agendas, distribute minutes, follow up on tasks as required;
  • Work with board and committees to develop and execute budgets and adjust workplan as needed;
  • Manage department and project budgets, work with accounting to maintain regular financial systems and reports, support with reporting financials to the board;
  • Representing the Board in industry and community meetings, and participating in community consultations, steering committees and local projects as an active stakeholder;
  • Liaise with City departments such as: Economic Development Culture and Tourism Department, Urban Forestry, Parks and Recreation, Transportation and other departmental staff as appropriate; and
  • Ensure City and PVBIA bylaws, policies and mandates are followed.

Marketing & Communications

  • Engage in regular membership and community outreach relevant to the workplan;
  • Draft materials and work with production teams to produce outreach materials (welcome packages, posters, billboards, notices etc.);
  • Manage and distribute communication and campaigns through all marketing channels (website, newsletters, instagram, facebook, twitter, outdoor media, radio, print advertising, etc.);
  • Manage ‘Community Events Grant’ applications, awarding of funds and execution of support, and providing any guidance on event management and permits;
  • Work with local and international media outlets, influencers, bloggers, and publications in featuring Parkdale Village, its members, and local groups, and act as a liaison for any media inquiries directed to the PVBIA office;
  • Explore new initiatives that help promote the PVBIA;
  • Liaise with City of Toronto to ensure all proper permits have been submitted and event guidelines are being followed where applicable (sidewalk sale permit, CafeTO permits etc.);
  • Engage local groups and BIA members to participate in the various events and marketing opportunities within and around the community, and act as a connector and facilitator for requests for support; and
  • Maintain active membership databases (CRM, excel).


  • Maintain and implement all streetscape, beautification, and enhancement programs as directed by the workplan;
  • Prepare and administer necessary documentation in accordance with the City’s Capital Cost Sharing Program and CafeTO program;
  • Obtain “sign-off” on all relevant documents as required by the City and the PVBIA;
  • Relay project status to the Board and organize stakeholder meetings where appropriate; and
  • Prepare and recommend workplan adjustments and actions on issues affecting the PVBIA, cancellations and project timelines.

Safety and Crime Prevention

  • Explore new initiatives that help support the workplans focus on community safety;
  • Liaise with community groups regarding local programs and support for vulnerable populations; and
  • Share local resources available to members that focus on harm reduction, de-escalation training, needle disposal boxes, storefront security assessment, and crime prevention materials.

Maintenance and Repairs

  • Maintain and monitor all PVBIA-owned infrastructure such as planters, gardens, hanging baskets, banners, and pedestrian lights;
  • Manage all vendor relations related to streetscape projects such as graffiti removal, garden maintenance, floral installations and removals, banner installations, planter repairs, and street cleaning; and
  • Monitor public works and related activities [sidewalk repair, garbage receptacle replacement, garbage collection, hydro infrastructure projects, KQQR, and other physical repairs/improvements in the PVBIA.


  • University degree or College Training in one or more of the following: Commerce, Urban Planning, Business, Marketing, Government Relations, or experience in similar fields.
  • Management experience either in an applicable business field, non-profit or municipal-focused organization
  • Experience working within a Business Improvement Area
  • Experience dealing with municipal government
  • Professional experience working with small businesses
  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting
  • Professional experience in digital and/or traditional marketing
  • Experience in social media marketing and communications
  • Experience managing vendor relations
  • Self-starter able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication, administration, organizational, and time management skills
  • Proficient in WordPress, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, CRM, Word, Excel, Adobe, PowerPoint etc.)

Position Details:

  • Full Time Salary: 35-40 hours per week
  • $55,000- $65,000 commensurate on experience
  • Vacation
  • Phone & parking allowance
  • Health plan
  • Flexible work environment

Application Open till Position is filled

Submit Cover letter and resume to:

Hiring Committee
Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area
1313 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON.  M6K 1L8

[email protected]

The PVBIA is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and experiences to people facing economic disadvantage, discrimination and/or barriers to equal opportunity including those from equity-seeking communities protected by human rights legislation. These communities include, but are not limited to: Aboriginal communities, racial minorities, persons living with disabilities, women, newcomers, youth, LGBTQ2S+, and vulnerable populations including people who are homeless or under-housed, and persons living with mental health challenges. In doing so the PVBIA aims to achieve positive outcomes and experiences for people disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination.

Banner Re-Design RFQ

The Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) would like to invite local or surrounding artists, illustrators, art collectives, and graphic designers, to apply and help illustrate our vision by participating in the Banner Re-Design Request for Quote.

As an area in transition and due to the pandemic, the BIA has begun the process of revising the current Workplan, which includes updating certain branding initiatives and infrastructure such as Banners.

As we look towards uplifting our area, we are seeking a redesign of our current 34 double-sided banners to better reflect our vibrant and colourful community. We look to you.

A brief snapshot of details;

  • Four (4) Banner designs in JPEG, AI, PDF and PNG formats plus any additional changes required for the banner printer.
  • The redesign will take into account notes from a series of brainstorming sessions discussing local icons, landmarks, community imagery, demographics, peoples, and color pallets.
  • The redesign will take into account the location of the Banners and the accent branding located near the banners such as the Parkdale street signs, Member’s window decals & Bell box murals.
  • The redesign will take into account how the Banners are viewed by pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.    
  • Indicate any experience working on banners or outdoor/street-facing signage.
  • Indicate any local experiences and/or work within Parkdale Village.
  • Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday May 27th, 2022.

We thank everyone for applying, please direct any questions to [email protected]

2022 Facade Improvement Grant Open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Commercial Facade Improvement Program. This program is available only to businesses within a BIA.

Half of the costs of eligible improvements is covered up to a maximum $12,500 grant for $25,000 worth of improvements. The minimum grant is $2,500 for $5,000 worth of improvements.

Additional funding of half of the costs of accessibility AODA upgrade improvements up to a maximum $2,500 grant for $5,000 worth of improvements.

For multiunit commercial properties, $2,500 per additional unit up to five units totaling a maximum bonus grant of $12,500.

An applicant must be the property owner or a commercial tenant that has the permission of the property owner.

Eligibility improvements include, but are not limited to, masonry, brick cleaning and restoration, new doors, new windows, outdoor decorative or security lighting, outdoor entrance tiling, installation of canopies or awnings, repair of cornice, parapets and other architectural features, outdoor wall mounted signs, and exterior painting as part of the eligible improvements.

Wheelchair accessibility ramping, accessible railings and accessible door openers that meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards are also eligible.

A minimum of three eligible improvements are required for an application.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2022 Application Form

More information on the program objectives, expenses covered, and eligibility can be found on the program web page.

For more details on the program and eligibility, please call the City of Toronto at 416-392-1005, email: [email protected] or visit The City of Toronto Financial Incentive Program Page. You can also view the 2013 Facade Improvement Program Presentation or call our office and we can assist you with the Grant Application process.

Application Submission

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2022 / Subject to funding availability.

Submit Application by Email ONLY: [email protected]

For any questions or help completing the form, please contact Michael Saunders at 416-392-1005

Join Parkdale FitPlay: Jan 31 – Feb 13

The Parkdale Village BIA is proud to support a local community initiative for the 2nd year; Parkdale FitPlay!

Kicking-off on January 31st for 2 weeks with 4 fitness leaders & 8 sessions to choose from! You’re invited to get outside, get fit and have fun!!

Let’s Get Moving! Pop-out for some fun movement and fresh air with our team of community fitness leaders and enjoy some free coffee/treats! 

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 fitness, and business leaders from Parkdale’s diverse communities.

  • Fun Run on Mondays @ 4:30pm with Shane MacKinnon
  • Happy Hour HIIT Wednesdays @ noon with Debbie King
  • Family FitPlay on Saturdays @ 10am with Stella Isaac
  • Winter Walkout on Sundays at 10am with Nicole Fowler

Free to join / Limited spots available / Sign up online today!

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 fitness leaders & businesses close to home,” she said.

Thank you to community partners for supporting this initiative: Parkdale People’s Economy, Debbie King, Koffee Kween, Nature Healing Bakery & Bom Dia Cafe & Bakery.

Follow the Parkdale FitPlay Facebook page, register online, or follow along on Instagram. #parkdalefitplay

Physical distancing is required and related Covid-19 health guidelines apply / Masks will be available / All are welcome

Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale Village

This February, we encourage you to stand proud and celebrate our beautiful community through continued love and kindness.

Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale becoming a Village, and how far it’s come, has a whole new meaning during this Covid-19 era. The community we call Parkdale Village occupies and sits on the traditional territories of many nations and the hardships many members of our community have faced over many generations have brought us here. The adversities, grief, and challenges have built a resilient community, and we embrace it all with love and hopefulness for the future.  Parkdale Village’s history and the many people from all walks of life who have called it home, who have lived, who immigrated, who have studied or worked here have all helped in building this into a colorful and resilient neighborhood.

This year, as we celebrate in the month of love, we ask you to be #ProudlyParkdale and share your #ParkdaleLove;

“What do you love about Parkdale”?

“What local initiatives will you support or built up this month”?

“What are your fondest memories”?

The Village of Parkdale was proclaimed a municipality in January 1879; it became a town in January of 1886 and was annexed by the City of Toronto in March 1889. Although the village celebrates over 143 years, the settlement of the area predates its foundation. For over 10,000 years Indigenous peoples have lived in this area, the area offered portage routes of the Huron, Iroquois and Chippewa, and later those of the Senecas and Mississaugas.

We acknowledge that our community is situated upon the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and the Mississaugas of the Credit, which is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and we recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.

To explore more, follow the links; Parkdale in PicturesSunnyside Historical SocietyVintage TorontoLost TorontoToronto Archives, Lost Rivers, Indigenous History of High Park,  Parkdale History.

Tag us in your posts using #ParkdaleLove and #ProudlyParkdale

The original Odeon Theatre was Harvest Fresh Foods and now home to F45 Parkdale.
The old Police Station on the South West corner of Queen & Cowan. This station was replaced in the early 1930’s by the Modern version that stands today, which is home to Artscape resident artists and the Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre organizations.
The original mural on Fullworths at Close Ave – 2006.
Now home to Common Sort at Dunn Ave – 2006.
The old 7-24 plaza before the Gwynne Ave Greep P lot
Parkdale Community Legal when it was located at Elm Grove, now home to The Workroom
Old Valentine Card, Miss Agnes Syrett Melbourne Avenue, City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail – 1835
Dufferin & Springhurts – 1925
Pickin’ Chicken BBQ at Roncesvalles Ave, now home to Burrito Boys – 1960
King St W and Jameson Ave – 1950
Map of Parkdale – 1887
Map of Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, an important trade route for Indigenous Peoples. Fort Rouille (near Fort Toronto) is located by Parkdale (Exhibition Grounds) and served as a trading post with the local indigenous peoples from the region.

CafeTO – Registration & Grant Open

City of Toronto opens CaféTO registration for local restaurant and bar operators. The City of Toronto announced that local restaurant and bar operators interested in expanding their outdoor dining space into a curb lane and onto sidewalks in 2022 can now register for the CaféTO program. The program also supports the expansion of outdoor patios on private property through temporary use Zoning Bylaws that permit larger outdoor patios than would otherwise be permitted. Find more details and register before the April 2 deadline.
CaféTO Property Improvement Program provides funding to improve exterior spaces. The City of Toronto’s new CaféTO Property Improvement Program provides funding to eligible owners and tenants of commercial and industrial properties in Toronto – including CaféTO program participants – to help improve the appearance and/or function of the property’s exterior spaces. Grants cover 50 percent of the costs of eligible property or site improvements up to a maximum amount of $5,000. Additional grant funding of up to $2,500 is available for exterior accessibility improvements such as the installation of ramps, handrails, and other accessibility devices. See more details and apply.


  • All program fees including application, transfer, and permit fees continue to be waived in 2022, as directed by Council.
  • Registration for all café types will open on January 18, 2022.
  • Program information and guidelines will continue to be available at
  • Participation in the program requires at least $2 Million in commercial general liability coverage. Policy certificates may be post-dated to begin in May 2022.
  • Patios may continue to expand on private property under the same conditions as 2020/2021.
  • The registration deadline for curb lane cafés is April 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.


A number of previous sidewalk café application requirements have been removed, including:

  • Public notice of application (e.g. posting/polling, public objections)
  • Setback distances from residential properties
  • Adjacent property owner permission
  • Propane heater certification submission

To participate in CaféTO in 2020 and 2021, prospective café operators needed to complete and submit registration and Certificate of Insurance forms as well as a letter of approval if they were expanding in front of a neighboring business. In 2022, sidewalk café permit applicants will also need to provide:

  • A site plan drawing
  • Three photos of the location
  • Awning drawings, if required

Small Business Relief Grants.

The government announced an Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen beginning January 5, 2022. It will provide eligible small businesses with a one-time grant payment of $10,000.

Eligible small businesses will include:

  • Restaurants and bars 
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms)
  • Performing arts venues and cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • Meeting or event spaces
  • Tour and guide services
  • Conference centres and convention centres.

Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to the new program. Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses who qualify can expect to receive their payment in February. 

Electricity Rate Relief Support

The Ontario government is providing electricity rate relief to support small businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home while the province is in Modified Step Two. For 21 days, starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is less than half the cost of the current on-peak rate.

The off-peak rate will apply automatically to residential, small businesses and farms who pay regulated rates set by the Ontario Energy Board and get a bill from a utility and will benefit customers on both Time-of-Use and Tiered rate plans. This will provide immediate savings for families, small businesses and farms as all Ontarians work together to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.”

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

The government is also announcing that online applications for the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will open on January 18. This program will provide eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant.

Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. Those required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs. A complete list of eligible businesses will be provided prior to the launch of the application portal.

Improving Cash Flow for Ontario Businesses

The government is also improving cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing up to $7.5 billion through a six-month interest- and penalty-free period starting January 1, 2022 for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This supports businesses now and provides for the flexibility they will need for long-term planning.

Building on Ontario’s leadership on improving cash flows for businesses, the Province continues to call on the federal government to match provincial tax deferral efforts by allowing small businesses impacted by public health restrictions to  defer their HST remittances for a period of six months.

These measures will build on Ontario’s support for businesses and workers, including:

  • Cutting wholesale alcohol prices to provide approximately $60 million in annual support to restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as making it easier for business to create and extend patios and permanently allowing licenced restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.
  • Extending COVID-19 paid sick days until July 31, 2022 to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Enabling an estimated $10.1 billion in cost savings and support to Ontario businesses in 2021, with more than 60 per cent, or $6.3 billion, going to small businesses, including:
    • Supporting a reduction in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums.
    • Allowing businesses to accelerate write-offs of capital investments for tax purposes.
    • Reducing the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent.
    • Providing the Digital Main Street program, which helped more than 20,000 businesses across the province to increase their digital presence in 2020-21.
    • Introducing and temporarily enhancing the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit to encourage investments in certain regions of Ontario that have lagged in employment growth in the past.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
    • Lowering high Business Education Tax (BET) rates for job creators.
    • Increasing the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption from $490,000 to $1 million.
    • Lowering electricity bills through measures such as the Comprehensive Electricity Plan, with the Province paying for a portion of high-priced, non-hydro renewable energy contracts.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which delivered $3 billion in urgent and unprecedented support to over 110,000 small businesses across the province.

Applications Open for Retail Accelerator Grant & Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant.

To support the continued recovery and long-term success of local small businesses, the City of Toronto’s Retail Accelerator Program will begin accepting applications.

The Retail Accelerator Program (RAP) provides economic recovery resources for main street small businesses in Toronto impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides access to retail training, advisory services and mentoring opportunities. In addition, retail businesses may be eligible for up to $10,000 to help them develop and expand.

Small retail businesses are essential to the vitality and success of Toronto’s main streets and neighbourhoods, and are key drivers of economic prosperity for residents, families, communities and the city as a whole. To assist small businesses in Toronto recover from the impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario  (FedDev Ontario) is providing up to $18 million for six programs making up the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative (MRRI).

RAP is the second MRRI program to open for applications. The Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is currently also accepting applications, offering matching funding of 50 percent to commercial business operators and owners of vacant storefronts (or, in certain limited circumstances, storefronts at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements, assisting businesses to re-lease space impacted by COVID-19. Two additional programs – the Main Street Innovation Fund and the CaféTO Commercial and Industrial Property Improvement Program – will open for applications in the new year.

The first round of RAP applications will be accepted until March 31, 2022 or when funds are expended, whichever comes first. The City will be holding virtual information sessions on January 17  and February 15  to learn more about the RAP program, micro grant and application process.

More information about RAP is available on the City’s Retail Accelerator Program webpage.

More information about Toronto MRRI programs is available on the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative webpage.

Grants, training and resources provided through Toronto MRRI programs are available until March 31, 2024, and aim to support small business operators, community business associations, streetscape animation and retail innovation.

New Covid Restrictions

The Provincial Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout.

In response, the Province will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators. Please click on the Official news release here or scroll down for details.


Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

Time-limited measures are needed to preserve hospital capacity as the province continues to accelerate booster dose rollout.

TORONTO — In response to recent trends that show an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout. As part of the province’s response to the Omicron variant, starting January 5, students will pivot to remote learning with free emergency child care planned for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.

“As we continue with our provincial vaccine booster efforts, we must look at every option to slow the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Putting these targeted and time-limited measures in place will give us more opportunity to deliver vaccines to all Ontarians and ensure everyone has maximum protection against this virus.”

Unlike other variants throughout the pandemic, evolving data is showing that while the Omicron variant is less severe, its high transmissibility has resulted in a larger number of hospital admissions relative to ICU admissions. Staff absenteeism is also expected to rise and affect operations in workplaces across Ontario due to Omicron infection and exposure, including in hospitals and schools. Real-world experience and evidence in Ontario reveal that approximately one per cent of Omicron cases require hospital care. The rapid rise of Omicron cases, which may soon number in the hundreds of thousands, could result in the province’s hospital capacity becoming overwhelmed if further action isn’t taken to curb transmission. When one in 100 cases goes to hospital, it means that with this rapid increase in transmission the number of new cases requiring hospitalization will also rapidly increase daily. For example, 50,000 cases per day would mean 500 hospital admissions per day, which is greater than the peak daily hospitalizations of 265 per day from last spring, when hospitals were under significant strain during the third wave of the pandemic.

In response, the province will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.

These measures include:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.
  • School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
  • During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.

Please view the regulation for the full list of mandatory public health and workplace safety measures.

In addition, on January 5, 2022 the Chief Medical Officer of Health will reinstate Directive 2 for hospitals and regulated health professionals, instructing hospitals to pause all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures in order to preserve critical care and human resource capacity.

In recognition of the impact the Omicron variant and additional public health measures have on small businesses, the government is expanding the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program. Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to these measures. Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs, while businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. A full list of eligible business types will be made available when applications for the program open later this month. To improve cash flows for Ontario businesses, effective January 1, 2022, the government is also providing up to $7.5 billion for a six-month interest- and penalty-free period for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes, supporting businesses now and providing the flexibility they will need for long-term planning.

The government is also exploring options for providing further targeted and necessary supports for businesses and workers impacted by the province’s move into a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, including grants. The government will also continue to call on the federal government to come to table and help us support Ontario businesses and Ontario workers by allowing eligible businesses to defer HST and to enhance supports available to workers affected by current public health measures.

“As cases continue to rise at a rapid rate and evidence on the Omicron variant evolves, additional time-limited measures are needed to help limit transmission as Team Ontario continues to get booster doses into arms,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While this was not an easy decision, these measures will help preserve hospital bed capacity and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.”

“Children will continue to receive live virtual learning during this period, led by their teacher, with full access to school-based academic and mental health supports,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We will continue to work closely with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to keep our communities safe and ensure that Ontario students get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.”

As of January 2, more than 3.7 million booster doses have been administered across the province. The government is focusing all efforts to speed up booster doses, including employer-led vaccination clinics and expanded GO-VAXX mobile clinics. To date, over 4,300 Ontarians have registered through the Ontario COVID-19 Volunteer Portal and the Health Workforce Matching Portal and have answered the province’s call to arms to businesses, volunteers and retired health professionals to help further boost capacity to administer vaccines and get more boosters into arms sooner.

The province is also continuing to urge the federal government to approve COVID-19 antivirals to support Canada’s pandemic response.

“While the risks for severe illness are lower with Omicron than with the previous variants of concern, it is far more transmissible and hospitalizations are expected to continue to increase placing greater pressure on our health system,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “It is difficult but necessary to apply additional public health and workplace safety measures to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our health system capacity. Please follow all public measures and get vaccinated with your first, second or booster dose if you have not done already.”