Working together in response to COVID-19

Last week, the City initiated a formal step towards recovery with the announcement of Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy and the establishment of the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild.  This office will be guided by several themes including, building preparedness through City divisions and agencies, resilience, equity, business and cultural development, and government and fiscal renewal. 

As a member of the Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Taskforce, I have been leading the Academic Institution and Industry tables, and I continue to work closely with institutions, communities and partners to ensure engagement throughout. Residents and businesses will play a significant role in successfully restoring communities and social and economic infrastructures, while ensuring the City remains healthy.
In the coming weeks, I will continue to update you about timing of re-opening and relaxing current measures in Toronto.  These timelines have not yet been determined and will be guided by advice from public health officials.

Local Food Support

During this difficult time, we must all work together to protect those in our community who are most vulnerable. This includes making sure that everyone has access to healthy food, and that no one goes hungry.

The City is currently working with Red Cross and other partners to provide food hamper delivery to seniors and others in need. Red Cross Canada is accepting calls at 1-833-204-9952.  There are also several local food banks serving our community and my team has compiled a list of resources for those who are looking for sustainable access to foods. For more information and a list of organizations and availability, please click here.

My office is in regular contact with the food banks serving our neighbourhood and assist in coordinating supplies and resources required by our agencies.  For those of us able to donate, our local fire stations continue to accept food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank 24/7, a list of our local fire stations can be found here.
211 Toronto also maintains an up-to-date list of resources to support community needs.

Local Updates

While our community has seen a dramatic drop in traffic volumes, I ask that residents remain mindful of rules of the road.  Toronto Police report that from March 15 to March 31, there was a 35% increase in speeding tickets and an almost 200 per cent increase in stunt driving compared to the same period last year.  Beginning May 1, officers from the Toronto Police Service’s Vision Zero Enforcement Team be supporting speed enforcement via rotating shifts, specifically to patrol main roads for motorists who are speeding and stunt driving.
In addition to local speed enforcement, the City is resuming operation of spring street sweepers as well.  Beginning this month, street sweepers will be busy cleaning up dirt and debris from local roads to help keep roadways clean and safe. Local road street sweeping will take place during the day and in the evenings. Street sweeping helps to remove dust, dirt and other contaminants, assists in improving overall air quality and is an important part of Toronto’s flood prevention strategy, since it removes litter and debris from roadway catch basins.

Let’s stay in touch

Although our physical offices will be closed until further notice and my staff continue to be working remotely. In the interim, the best way to connect with us is by email at

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Working together in response to COVID-19