Help shape, plan and create a safe and vibrant Toronto nightlife by participating in the first-ever Night Economy Town Hall on January 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Register and learn more.
Night economy describes the social, cultural, and economic activities that take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. in Toronto. These activities include entertainment such as attending concerts or going out to eat, practical necessities like grocery shopping, and performing actual employment. A major component of the night economy is the nighttime workforce, including those who help manage life at night, such as hospitality industry workers, bar owners, shift workers, and emergency services professionals. A healthy night economy supports all the needs of its residents at night.
Including the night economy in municipal planning is essential. Doing so allows more residents to access City services, run errands, and travel throughout the city at night. By taking a strategic approach to managing and planning for the night, Toronto can be proactive in addressing any concerns with increasing night activities – such as noise and safety.
The City of Toronto will strengthen Toronto’s nightlife over the next three years, using, and in some cases re-aligning, existing City resources through three main objectives:
To meet these objectives, the City of Toronto has formed the Night Economy Internal Working Group, which consists of senior representatives across City divisions who will work together with night industry stakeholders to make meaningful changes that will ensure Toronto’s night experience is safe and positive for everyone.
The City is looking for input from the general public and from groups including industry professionals, business owners, cultural event producers and residents.
As part of this review, the City intends to:
More information is available on the Licensing and Zoning Review for Restaurants, Bars and Entertainment Venues webpage.
The City hosted public consultations to provide opportunities for people to share their ideas. Feedback from residents, industry professionals, business owners and operators and the staff that work within these industries will inform strategies for enhancing Toronto’s night economy, as well as zoning and licensing recommendations and proposed bylaw amendments for Committee and Council consideration in fall 2023.