Ongoing response to fire at 650 Parliament St.
On Tuesday, August 21, the City of Toronto and its agencies responded to a six-alarm fire at 650 Parliament St. Since the fire, the City of Toronto has led a coordinated response with community partners, the property owners and the property management company to support the apartment building’s displaced residents however, the primary responsibility for ongoing support – including the provision of alternative housing accommodations – rests with the private property owner and its agent, Wellesley Parliament Square Property Management (WPSQ).
[Updated: September 28, 11 a.m.]
Information for residents of 650 Parliament St.
The emergency reception centre currently operating out of the Regent Park Community Centre will be closed as of Friday, September 28 and residents are being moved to alternate accommodations, provided by the property owner. Coordination of all services/support is provided by the property owners at their response centre located at 260 Wellesley St. E., at the back of the building and will be operational from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
They can also be reached through:
- 650 Parliament Helpline 416-929-3532, ext. 9
- website wpsq.ca
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- on Twitter @650parliament or Facebook Wellesley Parliament Square
Regent Park Community Centre and recreation programming update
The Regent Park Community Centre will resume regularly scheduled recreation programs and permits on Monday, October 1.
After-School Recreation Care, which has been operating out of Nelson Mandela Park Public School, will also return to Regent Park Community Centre effective Monday, October 1. Participating families have been notified.
The centre will be open for limited drop-in programs on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Drop-in swimming will continue to be available at Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre and multi-sport drop-in programming will be available at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.
Ongoing thanks to Toronto’s residents and businesses
The City of Toronto would like to thank the agencies, residents, organizations and businesses who stepped forward with offers of financial aid, clothing and other donated goods and housing accommodations. The ongoing generosity was warmly received and appreciated by hundreds of 650 Parliament St. residents.
Community Matters, located at 260 Wellesley St., unit 102 and 240 Wellesley St., unit 109, is helping to match residents who need accommodation with offers of accommodation as they receive them. They offer seniors and others who need support with shopping accompaniment and help moving. Residents can drop in at any time to use the washroom, shower and just sit and relax.
St. James Town Community Corner (The Corner) at 200 Wellesley St. E. provides support by connecting residents to the services they need such as healthcare, counseling, settlement, employment, legal advice, senior support as well as programs for children and youth. Many of these services are available onsite at The Corner and through organizations of St. James Town Service Providers’ Network. At this time, residents of 650 Parliament are prioritized.
The City has issued numerous news releases with updates about the ongoing response to the 650 Parliament St. fire:
- September 26, 2018: Regent Park Community Centre to reopen to the public
- September 4, 2018: Displaced residents of 650 Parliament St. urgently need accommodations
- August 31, 2018: Offers of accommodation remain most critical need for displaced residents of 650 Parliament St.
- August 30, 2018: Donations still needed for displaced residents of 650 Parliament St.
- August 29, 2018: Donations pour in for displaced residents of 650 Parliament St.
- August 28, 2018: Update on services and accommodations for residents of 650 Parliament St.
- August 23, 2018: City of Toronto ongoing support to residents of 650 Parliament Street
- August 22, 2018: City of Toronto ongoing response to fire at 650 Parliament Street