News Release: October 5, 2021City Council extends free ParkFitTO outdoor fitness permits for businesses impacted by the pandemic

ParkFitTO - Outdoor fitness permits for businesses

  • In recognition of the increased need for access to outdoor space, essential fresh air and exercise, and to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19, commercial permits for private businesses who want to offer outdoor fitness, yoga or martial arts classes in park spaces will be available free of charge this summer
  • The City is accepting requests for permits from June 14 through to December 31.
  • Permits will be issued for open green spaces in parks, and approval for permit requests will depend on proximity to environmentally sensitive areas, sports fields, gardens, conflicts with other permitted or programmed areas and other site-specific considerations. 
  • Permit holders will be required to comply with current provincial restrictions, including gathering limits and restrictions around amplified sound.
  • In Step 1, there will be a maximum of 10 participants, including an instructor.
  • Typically, these permits are issued at a cost of $47.06 per hour. Interested businesses can contact PF&R customer service by email or phone.

For more information please visit the City website

Under TMC Chapter 608 - Parks, businesses wishing to conduct commercial activities in the City's parks and green spaces must obtain a permit for these purposes.

This includes:

  • boot camps
  • yoga
  • fitness programs
  • commercial walking groups that charge a participation fee to its members.

To obtain a permit, contact the Parks, Forestry & Recreation district permit office.

For information on Fees, visit the City of Toronto website.

Note: Groups or organizations who feel they deserve dispensation from paying the fee, can make application for a fee waiver, however, they are expected to comply with the Municipal Code. This is done at the time the permit is applied for.

Regulation helps:

  • to ensure safety of participants
  • that organizers have adequate insurance coverage
  • and protection of public parkland.