KQQR Construction

Please visit our KQQR Construction Page to view up-to-date details involving this project. The page is dedicated to the Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR Construction)
Start Date: September 8, 2020 End Date: August 2022

Virtual Trailer

The City is also hosting Virtual Trailer Drop-In Sessions where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. City staff and a representative from the local City Councillor’s office will be at the meeting to either provide answers on the spot or report back shortly after.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

Throughout construction, the City will be meeting on a regular basis with affected groups adjacent to construction locations. The CLC is an advisory committee and not a formal commenting or decision-making body of the City of Toronto. The purpose of the CLC is to provide community input and advice to City staff regarding construction. The CLC is comprised of the following local interests:

  • Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Resident’s Associations
  • Community Organizations
  • Neighbouring Properties
  • Ward Councillor
  • City Staff: Project Manager, Transportation Services and Senior Public Consultation Coordinator


Michael Vieira
Metro Hall
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
Telephone: 416-392-3074
Email: [email protected]

To View more please visit our KQQR Construction page link here.

CafeTO 2021 Now Open

Toronto City Council unanimously approved a bigger and better CaféTO program to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars. The first wave of registrations is open and, pending public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for 2021 would be in installed as soon as May – almost two months earlier than last.

I encourage you to attend the free webinar listed below and to let our office know right away if you plan on applying for 2021.

  1. Free webinar about CaféTOTuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. Sign Up here
  2. The Registration Guidebook for 2021 has been updated and can be viewed here.
  3. The Actual Registration Form can be viewed here.
  4. Blank Insurance Certificate can be viewed here.

For Restaurants Located within the KQQR Construction Zone, we know that CafeTO Applications in your area may be difficult to get but we are working with the City to find solutions.

If you have any questions about the CaféTO program, you can also contact the project team directly at [email protected]

The Shameful Tiki Room Patio – 2020

Celebrating 142 years of Parkdale Village with Love

The beginning of the year typically sees the Parkdale Village BIA celebrating Parkdale Village’s milestone anniversary with online contests and in-store promotions, however, 2021 is unlike any other year we’ve experienced.

Celebrating 142 years of this wonderful community, and how far it’s come, has a whole new meaning during this Covid-19 era. We acknowledge the hardships many members of our community have faced over the 142+ years, the adversities, grief, and challenges, and we embrace it all with love and hopefulness for the future. Parkdale Village’s rich history and the many people from all walks of life who have called it home, who have opened up businesses, 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 are your fondest memories”?

“What do you miss most about Parkdale”?

Perhaps it’s the memories of heading to Sunnyside Pool or Ontario Place as a child that brings you joy, or the free popcorn at 24-7 Video store at Gwynne Ave in the ’90s, watching movies in Parkdale’s many movie theatres, or simply missing your favorite sandwich shop. Parkdale holds many memories and this month we want you to share yours.

Tag us in your posts using #ParkdaleLove and #ProudlyParkdale or to explore history in photos follow the links; Sunnyside Historical Society, Vintage Toronto, Lost Toronto, Toronto Archives, Parkdale History.

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

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 the Parkdale FitPlay Facebook page, join the event 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
Instagram/Facebook Tags: @parkdafitplay @supafitmama

Contest Details: One prize pack per person. Ontario residents, must be 18 years of age. Winners drawn by 12 noon each Monday. 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 http://instagram.com/parkdalevillage

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 toronto.ca/CafeTO for updates on winter maintenance, tents and structures, and heater guidelines, and private property patios.