This page provides links to resources and guidelines for businesses including licenses, permits, CaféTO, noise bylaw, posters, online training and webinars. Find COVID-19 sector-specific guidelines for businesses and COVID-19 guidance for employers, workplaces and businesses.

CaféTO is back for 2022. It provides restaurants and bars in Toronto with the opportunity to expand their outdoor dining space through sidewalk cafés, curb lane cafés or patios on private property. Restaurant operators can apply for a permanent sidewalk café permit or register for a curb lane café. The deadline to register for curb lane cafés is April 2.

New for 2022, café operators are now eligible for a matching grant of up to $7,500 to cover 50 per cent of the cost of eligible property or site improvements related to curb lane café installations, sidewalk cafés or patios on private property. Learn more and apply through the CaféTO Property Improvement Program.

All retail businesses are exempt from the City of Toronto Noise Bylaw to facilitate after-hour deliveries.

The City’s Noise Bylaw includes the ability to provide an exemption in response to extraordinary circumstances affecting the immediate health, safety or welfare of the community. This exemption will ensure retailers can receive deliveries 24 hours of a day, seven days a week to ensure essential goods remain in stock.

Posters and graphics in multiple languages are available to display at your business location.

Stay informed and learn about available supports with webinars on a variety of COVID-19 and business-related topics.

On Demand

Real-Time Webinars

Find a range of other free learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners, now offered online.

Business licensing and permit application portal: Apply for new licences and permits virtually.

Subscribe to the City’s BusinessTO or CultureTO enewsletters to learn more about the resources available for businesses or the arts and culture sector.

Businesses can connect to BusinessTO on social media for the latest updates and information:

Artists and creative/culture organizations can connect to CultureTO on social media for the latest updates and information: