In order to provide equal access of information for the 2018 municipal election, the City has established a protocol for responding to requests for information from candidates and third party advertisers about City services and programs. Questions received and responses given will be provided in writing and posted here without revealing the source of the request. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Candidates and third party advertisers may submit a request to the City about services and programs by emailing: candidaterequests@toronto.ca.

The goal is to respond to every request as soon as possible, but within three full business days.

 

 

Q: Are Councillors provided with a monthly Service Report on calls to the following from residents, broken down by Ward?

A:  311 answers requests for information regarding the City’s services and programs.  For some of these services, we also create a service request for divisions with which we are fully integrated, i.e. Municipal Licensing and Standards / Toronto Animal Services, Solid Waste Management, Toronto Water, Transportation Services, Urban Forestry.  Service requests, such as missed collection, pruning of a City tree, tall grass and weeds on private property, pothole, water turn-on, etc., are logged into the 311 technology. The requests are automatically sent to the divisional technology systems and actioned by staff.


Q: Please confirm that calls to other departments are not requests from/through 311, but separate requests directly from residents.

A:  311 Toronto is the primary first point of contact for its residents, businesses and visitors to the City.  311 has partnered with multiple divisions of the City, in the offering of a wide variety of Tier 1 services including, but not limited to, general inquiries (i.e. information about non-emergency City services and programs), initiation of requests for services (e.g. pruning of a City tree, investigation of a damaged catch basin, repair of damaged road), complaints intake, application intake, etc. (i.e. routine and transactional services).  If an inquiry requires expertise from a divisional subject matter expert, 311 will call transfer the caller to that divisional contact or to a Tier 2 support line.


 

Q: Request to meet with District Director and District Consultant for child care centres in a particular ward.

A: Unfortunately due to timing, we have been advised that we are unable to meet with (the Councillor), who is a candidate in the upcoming municipal election. For your reference, please see the City’s protocol for responding to requests for information from candidates for the October 22, 2018 municipal election, which is posted on the City’s website: https://bit.ly/2LJ237P.

Requests for meetings or tours

Any requests by candidates for personal meetings with Division Heads or other staff, and requests for tours of City facilities, cannot be accommodated due to resource and time constraints. If this were provided to one candidate, it would have to be provided to all candidates.

We are happy to provide the councillor with information for his ward.  Please let us know if we are providing the information as part of his councillor role or as a candidate.


Q: Request for information regarding the availability of child care in Ward 21.

A:  This email is in response to your request for information regarding the availability of child care in Ward 21 of the 25-ward structure.

One of the goals of the City of Toronto’s Licenced Child Care Growth Strategy https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-102626.pdf is to have enough child care spaces in every ward to accommodate 50 per cent of the child population.  At this time, the Children’s Services Growth Plan targets reflect the 44-ward model and the Children’s Services Division does not have census data for the 25-ward model.

The following information refers to Ward 21 of the 25-ward model and to Wards 37 and 38 of the 44-ward model.

Ward 21 most closely aligns with Ward 37 and with a portion of Ward 38.  As the City does not have data for Ward 21, the information provided is for the Wards 37 and 38.

Both Wards 37 and 38 have a shortage of child care spaces and many of the child care centres in those wards have waiting lists.

Ward 37 is one of the highest priorities for development of new child care spaces, as there are only enough spaces to serve less than 20 per cent of the ward’s child population.  This ward does have several capital projects planned that will increase the number of child care spaces to serve between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of the child population in the ward.

Ward 38 is a high priority for development of new child care spaces, as it has only enough spaces to serve between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the child population in the ward.  While there are some planned capital projects in this ward, the ward will remain a high priority for further development, as it will still have only enough spaces to serve between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the child population.

For additional information about child care in the City of Toronto please see:

https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/data-research-maps/research-reports/children/

RE:  Section 37 and 45 Funds:

Q: Could you please provide me with the most recent reports of the following:

  1. Section 37/45 Community Benefits Secured
  2. Section 37 and 45 Funds Balances as at (most recent date)
  3. Any other similar reporting on this subject that may have been implemented since 2014.

A.  In response to your questions, attached is the listing of all benefits that have been secured to date. The City is undergoing a significant review to re-map the benefits to the new 25 ward boundaries. The new ward balances and additional information will be provided to Council in the new term.

Q: I would like to receive the current balances (2018) for Section 37 and 45 in the same format (44 Wards) as provided to me previously in 2014, so that they are comparable – and NOT re-calculated for 25, which will take time and is not helpful to me.

A.  In consultation with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, I can advise you that Section 37 and 45 details are not currently available by ward, other than the list of secured agreements that has been provided to you.

You may wish to refer to the Reserves and Reserve Funds Variance Report, as of May 31, 2018. It provides the life to date balances of the Section 37 and 45 Planning Act Reserve Fund accounts at the City-wide level. These variance reports are provided to Council on a quarterly basis. See:http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EX36.18

Q: It is noted that Section 37 funds are private financial donations to be spent on projects within close vicinity to the Section 37 donor project. I would be grateful if you would kindly pose the following question to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

If there is no list of Section 37 funds by Ward, then how is the legal mandate to spend/apply those monies for specific projects within the community, and in close proximity of the donor project, of the relevant Ward being met?

A.  Each Section 37 agreement is bound by specific criteria as outlined in the zoning by-laws. While some Section 37 agreements may specify funds to be spent within a certain ward, there are many other geographical boundaries that are often outlined in an agreement such as a specific intersection, street, park, neighbourhood, Business Improvement Area, or in the ‘vicinity’ of the development project. As such, each agreement is treated on a case-by-case basis to ensure funds are being appropriately spent according to the by-law.

Any request by Council to spend Section 37 funds through the Budget process, reports, or member motions requires review by City Planning and Financial Planning Divisions. Both divisions ensure funds are being spent on eligible projects, which includes reviewing the geographical proximity and community benefit agreement.

Q: Request for an up-to-date report in the same format as the report that the City provided to the requester in June 2014, with a breakdown of Section 37 and Section 45 funds.

A.  Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council. Staff will be providing additional details regarding Section 37 and 45 expenditures to Council in the new term. We cannot provide any information to the public that has not yet been provided to City Council.

Q: Further to my request for information concerning Section 37 funds, it is noted that Section 37 of the Planning Act states that a Treasurer’s Report is to be provided to the public as follows:

Treasurer’s statement
(7) The treasurer of the municipality shall each year, on or before the date specified by the council, give the council a financial statement relating to the special account. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Requirements
(8) The statement shall include, for the preceding year,
(a) statements of the opening and closing balances of the special account and of the transactions relating to the account;
(b) statements identifying,
(i) any facilities, services or other matters specified in the by-law for which funds from the special account have been spent during the year,
(ii) details of the amounts spent, and
(iii) for each facility, service or other matter mentioned in subclause (i), the manner in which any capital cost not funded from the special account was or will be funded; and
(c) any other information that is prescribed. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Copy to Minister
(9) The treasurer shall give a copy of the statement to the Minister on request. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Statement available to public
(10) The council shall ensure that the statement is made available to the public. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.

I look forward to receiving the most recent Treasurer’s report (as at December 2017) shortly.

A:  Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council.

Staff will be providing additional details regarding Section 37 and 45 expenditures to Council in the new term, which includes the elements of the Treasurer’s Statement as outlined in the Planning Act. We cannot provide any information to the public that has not yet been provided to City Council.

Q: Please find attached a report Appendix C1: Reserves and Reserve Funds Variance Report recently provided to me from the City, as at May 31, 2018. On Page 7, under Planning Act, it refers to Section 45 funds.  Under the current version of the Planning Act, Section 45 refers to the Committee of Adjustment.

Could you please clarify what Section 45 funds refer to (as I do not recall this info at the present time), and provide any updated Treasurer’s statement concerning these funds.

A:  Section 45 of the Planning Act allows the Committee of Adjustment to authorize minor variances from the provision of the by-law. Community benefits may be obtained if the Committee of Adjustment imposes a condition on the approval of these minor variances. Like Section 37, Section 45 community benefits can be in-kind or cash-in-lieu and they have a geographical relationship to the development.

Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council. Additional details regarding Section 45 will be reported to Council next term.


Q: How much is the total Section 37 money committed by developers in the former Ward 20?  How much is the total Section 37 money committed by developers in the new Ward 10?

A:  The information that you are requesting has been posted to the City’s election web page under the “You Asked Us” tile, in both the Chief Financial Officer and City Planning sections found here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/candidate-information/you-asked-us/

Specifically, to address your questions, the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as of May 31, 2018, can be found here for the existing 44 ward structure: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/8f02-S37_S45_WardLTDBalance_-asofMay312018.xlsx You will see that the current balance of Section 37 funds for Ward 20 is $34,125,836.

Ward balances are not currently available for the new structure of 25 wards. The new Section 37 ward balances and additional information will be provided to Council in the new term. Staff are currently working to re-map the Section 37 agreements to the new ward boundaries. In the meantime, you may access a list of all Section 37 funds secured to date for the current Ward 20 here, provided by development location/address which may help you: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8df2-Section-37-45-Community-Benefits-Secured-from-1988-to-Aug-22-2018.pdf.

 

Q: How much did the City of Toronto Rebate Program for election donations cost the city taxpayers during the last municipal election? What is the estimated cost for this upcoming one?

A:  Information about the Contribution Rebate program—including past costs and projections for 2018—can be found in the staff report from September 2017. Please note that the final amount paid out for the 2014 program was $4,023,257.26


Q: Request to review the election day training manuals

A:  Here are the training manuals for:

Election Day:
Standby:
Home Visit Pilot Project:

 


Q: Is there a data version (excel) of the street index available?

A: Yes – 2018 Street Index


Q: What is the pixel definition and threshold on the tabulators?

A:  Please see the attached document:

Q: Could you please advise of any zoning regulations and/or bylaws in (current) Ward 32 (Beaches) that limit the number of multi-residential dwellings and/or limit the number of conversions of single-family dwellings to multi-residential dwellings – e.g. conversion of basements to apartments?

A: In the zone, the former City of Toronto zoning by-law permitted all building types and allowed for conversion of detached dwelling into multiple unit dwellings through what was called a ‘converted dwelling’.

The former zoning by-law also permitted the keeping of roomers and boarders. As such basement apartments could be created. Currently, those initiatives are echoed by the Province through its ‘secondary units’ policies.

In short, the former and now current zoning by-laws allow for conversion of detached dwellings.

For your information, we are no longer legally able to refer to the buildings as single family dwelling because we are not able to zone on the basis of relationships.

Q: You state that “current zoning by-laws allow for conversion of detached dwellings.”  Is there a different consideration for attached or semi-detached dwellings?

AP: There are similar rules for semi-detached and townhouse buildings.


RE:  Section 37 and 45 Funds:

Q: Could you please provide me with the most recent reports of the following:

  1. Section 37/45 Community Benefits Secured
  2. Section 37 and 45 Funds Balances as at (most recent date)
  3. Any other similar reporting on this subject that may have been implemented since 2014.

A:  In response to your questions, attached is the listing of all benefits that have been secured to date. The City is undergoing a significant review to re-map the benefits to the new 25 ward boundaries. The new ward balances and additional information will be provided to Council in the new term.

Q: I would like to receive the current balances (2018) for Section 37 and 45 in the same format (44 Wards) as provided to me previously in 2014, so that they are comparable – and NOT re-calculated for 25, which will take time and is not helpful to me.

A:  In consultation with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, I can advise you that Section 37 and 45 details are not currently available by ward, other than the list of secured agreements that has been provided to you.

You may wish to refer to the Reserves and Reserve Funds Variance Report, as of May 31, 2018. It provides the life to date balances of the Section 37 and 45 Planning Act Reserve Fund accounts at the City-wide level. These variance reports are provided to Council on a quarterly basis. See:http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EX36.18

Q: It is noted that Section 37 funds are private financial donations to be spent on projects within close vicinity to the Section 37 donor project. I would be grateful if you would kindly pose the following question to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

If there is no list of Section 37 funds by Ward, then how is the legal mandate to spend/apply those monies for specific projects within the community, and in close proximity of the donor project, of the relevant Ward being met?

A:  Each Section 37 agreement is bound by specific criteria as outlined in the zoning by-laws. While some Section 37 agreements may specify funds to be spent within a certain ward, there are many other geographical boundaries that are often outlined in an agreement such as a specific intersection, street, park, neighbourhood, Business Improvement Area, or in the ‘vicinity’ of the development project. As such, each agreement is treated on a case-by-case basis to ensure funds are being appropriately spent according to the by-law.

Any request by Council to spend Section 37 funds through the Budget process, reports, or member motions requires review by City Planning and Financial Planning Divisions. Both divisions ensure funds are being spent on eligible projects, which includes reviewing the geographical proximity and community benefit agreement.

Q: Request for an up-to-date report in the same format as the report that the City provided to the requester in June 2014, with a breakdown of Section 37 and Section 45 funds.

A.  Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council. Staff will be providing additional details regarding Section 37 and 45 expenditures to Council in the new term. We cannot provide any information to the public that has not yet been provided to City Council.

Q. Further to my request for information concerning Section 37 funds, it is noted that Section 37 of the Planning Act states that a Treasurer’s Report is to be provided to the public as follows:

Treasurer’s statement
(7) The treasurer of the municipality shall each year, on or before the date specified by the council, give the council a financial statement relating to the special account. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Requirements
(8) The statement shall include, for the preceding year,
(a) statements of the opening and closing balances of the special account and of the transactions relating to the account;
(b) statements identifying,
(i) any facilities, services or other matters specified in the by-law for which funds from the special account have been spent during the year,
(ii) details of the amounts spent, and
(iii) for each facility, service or other matter mentioned in subclause (i), the manner in which any capital cost not funded from the special account was or will be funded; and
(c) any other information that is prescribed. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Copy to Minister
(9) The treasurer shall give a copy of the statement to the Minister on request. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.
Statement available to public
(10) The council shall ensure that the statement is made available to the public. 2015, c. 26, s. 27.

I look forward to receiving the most recent Treasurer’s report (as at December 2017) shortly.

A:  Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council.

Staff will be providing additional details regarding Section 37 and 45 expenditures to Council in the new term, which includes the elements of the Treasurer’s Statement as outlined in the Planning Act. We cannot provide any information to the public that has not yet been provided to City Council.

Q: Please find attached a report Appendix C1: Reserves and Reserve Funds Variance Report recently provided to me from the City, as at May 31, 2018. On Page 7, under Planning Act, it refers to Section 45 funds.  Under the current version of the Planning Act, Section 45 refers to the Committee of Adjustment.

Could you please clarify what Section 45 funds refer to (as I do not recall this info at the present time), and provide any updated Treasurer’s statement concerning these funds.

A:  Section 45 of the Planning Act allows the Committee of Adjustment to authorize minor variances from the provision of the by-law. Community benefits may be obtained if the Committee of Adjustment imposes a condition on the approval of these minor variances. Like Section 37, Section 45 community benefits can be in-kind or cash-in-lieu and they have a geographical relationship to the development.

Attached please find the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as at May 31, 2018 which reflects the public information most recently provided to Council. Additional details regarding Section 45 will be reported to Council next term.


Q: How much is the total Section 37 money committed by developers in the former Ward 20?  How much is the total Section 37 money committed by developers in the new Ward 10?

A:  The information that you are requesting has been posted to the City’s election web page under the “You Asked Us” tile, in both the Chief Financial Officer and City Planning sections found here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/candidate-information/you-asked-us/

Specifically, to address your questions, the table of Section 37 and 45 Reserve Fund balances as of May 31, 2018, can be found here for the existing 44 ward structure: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/8f02-S37_S45_WardLTDBalance_-asofMay312018.xlsx You will see that the current balance of Section 37 funds for Ward 20 is $34,125,836.

Ward balances are not currently available for the new structure of 25 wards. The new Section 37 ward balances and additional information will be provided to Council in the new term. Staff are currently working to re-map the Section 37 agreements to the new ward boundaries. In the meantime, you may access a list of all Section 37 funds secured to date for the current Ward 20 here, provided by development location/address which may help you: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8df2-Section-37-45-Community-Benefits-Secured-from-1988-to-Aug-22-2018.pdf.

 

Q: What is the value of development charges collected in 2016 and 2017?

A:  Our records indicate the following development charge revenues were received by the City, net of applicable refunds:

  • 2017 – $239.3M
  • 2016 – $167.9M

Q: Request for information about the number of City employees with disabilities.

A: The City conducts  the Count Yourself In Workforce Survey to obtain data on the Toronto Public Service. The aim is to create a public service that reflects the population we serve and to ensure an engaged, diverse and productive workforce that meets our current and future needs. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The most recent data can be found in the Count Yourself In Report: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-99623.pdf

You may also be interested in this Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee agenda item, Employment Accessibility at the City of Toronto: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.DI18.4 


 

Q: Coyotes are growing in numbers and getting more bold. Do we need to wait for something to happen before something is done?

A.  To report a coyote sighting please call 416-338-PAWS (7297). The City’s website has more information on coyotes, including information on the City’s coyote response strategy: bit.ly/2DFsDyu

Re: Agreement Between City of Toronto and Tuggs Incorporated

Q1. I note that under 2.3 of the agreement, the base rent for years 11 to 15, as set out in 2.2, “shall be reviewed and recalculated to reflect fair market rent in accordance with 2.3(b) and (c).”  Could you please tell me whether the window for renegotiating the base rent for years 11 to 15, as set out in 2.3(b), is now open?  Further, could you please tell me what the City is doing or has done to assess the “fair market rent” for the properties subject to this agreement?

A1. Any limitations on the timing of rent adjustments, or discussions about rental rates, are reflected in the lease document. Establishing a fair market rent will follow standard appraisal methodology.

Q2. I note that that part of the property formerly occupied by “Carter’s Landing” is currently vacant and has been for some time.  As the City remains the landlord of this property – Tuggs Inc, I understand, having failed to assign part of this agreement to another Tenant – could you please advise when you will consider a) the agreement to have been abandoned and/or b) the property, as a result of the vacancy, to no longer be in a state of good repair with the consequence of nullifying the agreement?

A2. The restaurant formally known as “Carter’s Landing” closed at the end of May. The tenant is in the process of retrofitting and re-branding the space. The City is aware of this ongoing work, and will monitor its progress.


Re: Property at 83 Charles St. East

Q: I am requesting documentation as to the property at 83 Charles St. East and seeking to know if any of that property is leased to the City of Toronto and, if so, a map of the City’s portion and Hydro’s portion.

A: Toronto Hydro owns the property and it is under the management of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation as City parkland.


Q: It is noted that Section 42 of the Planning Act states the following:

Treasurer’s statement
(17) The treasurer of the municipality shall each year, on or before the date specified by the council, give the council a financial statement relating to the special account. 2015, c. 26, s. 28 (11).
Requirements
(18) The statement shall include, for the preceding year,
(a) statements of the opening and closing balances of the special account and of the transactions relating to the account;
(b) statements identifying,
(i) any land or machinery acquired during the year with funds from the special account,
(ii) any building erected, improved or repaired during the year with funds from the special account,
(iii) details of the amounts spent, and
(iv) for each asset mentioned in subclauses (i) and (ii), the manner in which any capital cost not funded from the special account was or will be funded; and
(c) any other information that is prescribed. 2015, c. 26, s. 28 (11).
Copy to Minister
(19) The treasurer shall give a copy of the statement to the Minister on request. 2015, c. 26, s. 28 (11).
Statement available to public
(20) The council shall ensure that the statement is made available to the public. 2015, c. 26, s. 28 (11).

It would be appreciated if you would kindly arrange for the most recent Treasurer’s statements (as at December 2017 and later) to be provided to me.

A:  The most recent staff report on the status of Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland was submitted to Executive Committee on April 19, 2017 and is available here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.EX24.9.

Staff will be updating the information in this report, which will be available in 2019.

Re: Property at 20 Castlefield Avenue and 565 Duplex Avenue, Yonge-Eglinton Area

Q: I have looked at the various documents that are available about the sale (or pending sale) of the Green P parking lot at the above address.  I understand that much of the information relating to this transaction is confidential.  I am hoping that there are some questions you can answer that do not fall within that restriction:

  • Is this sale (or potential sale) one that fell under the purview of CreateTO?
  • Is the land is already sold by TPA to Madison?
  • Is the developer’s proposal, particularly the part that covers the Green P parking lot, being evaluated by City Planners?
  • When can we expect to hear about this site next?  Any idea on when the public might be made aware of the dealings with respect to this property?
  • Are there talks or plans for a public meeting?  If so, when?
  • Is there any suggestion, by the developer, that they will build affordable housing on the property?

Any further information that you might be able to provide to me would be very much appreciated.

A: The following information is provided to you, in consultation with the City’s Legal Services and Real Estate Services Divisions.

The property which you have identified in your inquiry is the subject matter of a report that was considered by City Council at its meeting of July 26th through 29th, 2018, as item CC43.20. A copy of the public component of that report can be found on the City’s website by searching the agenda items for that meeting (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=13093#Meeting-2018.CC43 ). As indicated in the public component of that report, the property is owned by the City and is the subject matter of an agreement entered into between the Toronto Parking Authority and 2500 Yonge Street Limited. City Staff are not at liberty to release information that is contained in the confidential component of report CC43.20.

An application to amend the Official Plan and the Zoning By-laws was received by the City on June 29, 2018 for 10-20 Castlefield Avenue, 565-567 Duplex Avenue, and 2490-2514 Yonge Street. The application materials are publicly available through the City’s Development Application Status online search tool (http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/mapSearchSetup.do?action=init) by searching the property addresses. Community Planning staff are reviewing the applications and will bring forward a report to Community Council in due course.

Re: Where to Find Demographic Information about the City of Toronto

The Social Research & Information Management Social Policy, Analysis & Research section of the Social Development, Finance & Administration Division has provided a document on how to find demographic information about the City of Toronto.

This presentation includes how to find ward and neighbourhood profiles,interactive tool Wellbeing Toronto, census backgrounders, youth services and other research and map portals.


 

Q: Could you please advise whether all questions of the City from registered candidates for Council ought to be submitted through this email address (candidaterequests@toronto.ca)?  Or, can I just expect to receive responses from this address?

A: The City has a protocol in place for responding to requests for information from candidates for the October 22, 2018 municipal election, which is posted on the City’s website. See:  https://bit.ly/2LJ237P.

Candidates may submit their questions directly to this mailbox. However, the protocol recognizes that City Divisions also may receive requests for information directly from candidates. If approaching a City Division directly, it would be helpful to identify yourself as a candidate. City staff are directed to refer candidates’ requests for information by email to the candidaterequests@toronto.ca mailbox to ensure that consistent and timely responses are provided to candidates.

Through the candidaterequests@toronto.ca mailbox, we coordinate the requests, obtain the necessary information from the appropriate City Division(s), respond to the requester and keep a record of the information so that it can be provided to others who may request it.

The response to the request may come directly to the candidate from candidaterequests@toronto.ca or, in the case where the requested information is readily available, it may come from the City Division copying candidaterequests@toronto.ca.

Responses will be provided in writing and posted on the City’s election webpage in a question and answer format, without revealing the source of the request. This gives all candidates access to the same information.

 

Q: Could you please advise when the next report on this Pilot will come to City Council?

https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-111935.pdf

A:  The City Manager’s Office is preparing a report on the Participatory Budgeting Pilot for Council’s consideration during the 2019 budget process.

Updates will be provided on the pilot website at

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/participatory-budgeting/


 

Re: Woodbine Bike Lanes

Attachment: Roadway parking Safety Summary: Corley Avenue – Norway avenue Roadway

Q1: Would you please share the simulations?  I’d like to understand the assumptions built into them.  For example, was it assumed that traffic would veer off Woodbine and cut through side streets to avoid delays or not?

A1: The simulations were undertaken using Synchro, a traffic modeling and traffic signal optimizing software frequently used to evaluate how changes to signal timings at intersections along a corridor would affect traffic. The simulation output reports from Synchro are technical and require specific expertise to be analysed properly.

The assumptions and principles that were used in the traffic modelling were:

  • Existing traffic would continue to use Woodbine Avenue and timing adjustments for traffic signals on Woodbine Avenue were made using the same traffic volume that existed pre bike lane (existing) installation. No diversion of traffic to surrounding roads was assumed.
  • Minimize vehicular stops and delays at intersections on Woodbine Avenue by adding additional green light time for Woodbine and maintain existing green times for side streets.
  • Optimize signal timing at intersections considering impacts on all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, TTC buses and automobile traffic.
  • Intersections on Danforth Avenue (Victoria Park to Coxwell) were also part of traffic simulations to ensure that traffic signal coordination on both Woodbine and Danforth corridors are maintained after bike lanes installation.

Q2:  It appears that no studies of traffic were conducted on side streets pre-bike lane implementation?  Can you confirm that to be the case?  If studies were done, could you please share those results (so that we can compare traffic volume/speed pre- and post- etc.)?

A2: Studies were conducted on Corley Avenue, between Woodbine and Brookside, and Norway Avenue, between Woodbine and Elmer. This work included a review of existing automobile traffic volumes, parking regulation and usage and any specific operational and safety issues. Please see attached a summary of traffic, parking and safety matters for Corley Avenue and Norway Avenue. In addition, following installation of the bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue, we received feedback regarding cut-through traffic using Heyworth Crescent to/from Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road. As a result, traffic volume and speed studies were undertaken on Heyworth Crescent in late fall 2017. These revealed an eight-hour daytime traffic volume on Heyworth Crescent of 237 vehicles and an average speed of 25 km/hr within a 30 km/hr posted speed limit zone.  This volume and speed study will be repeated in spring 2018.

Q3: For the upcoming post-implementation study, why is the study of side streets so limited?  The only side street to be studied in Ward 37 is Heyworth.  Two things about that, a) I don’t understand why volume on Heyworth would be (potentially) affected by Woodbine congestion as anybody seeking to avoid Woodbine congestion would just turn right on Kingston Rd (which is where Heyworth leads) and, b) what is the reason for excluding the streets north of Corley/Eastwood and south of Gerrard, running from and parallel to Woodbine? These are the streets that allow motorists to avoid congestion at Kingston and Woodbine and Gerrard and Woodbine.

A3: As mentioned above, following installation of the bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue we received feedback regarding cut-through traffic using Heyworth Crescent to/from Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.

Staff are continuing to monitor traffic operations on other side/parallel streets to Woodbine Avenue north of Corley and south of Gerrard.


Q: I am reaching out to see if you can send me a more detailed report or raw data on the information that was collected in relation to the Woodbine bike lanes. I have read the information on the website and would like to see a more detailed analysis.

Please send:
  1. Raw files of the data that was compiled and averaged (both car and bike)
  2. Description of how the car time was collected, how many data points were examined
  3. Specific locations that the data was collected from for bike data, both in 2016 and 2018 (ex: closest intersection and direction of lane — north or south)
  4. Include any variables that were recorded in the study
  5. Study design

 

A:  I am providing you with the following information, in consultation with the City’s Transportation Services Division:

  1. Raw files of the data that was compiled and averaged (both car and bike)

Attached are the following. Please also see notes for each category.

Bike Counts-Woodbine and Cosburn-May2016.pdf and Bike Counts-Woodbine and Gerrard-May2016.pdf: May 11-17, 2016 raw bike counts data. These are northbound and southbound bike counts on Woodbine Avenue south of Cosburn Avenue and south of Gerrard Street. Please note that only bikes were counted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the above dates and on-street and sidewalk rides were counted separately.

Bike Counts-Woodbine and Cosburn-May2018.pdf and Bike Counts-Woodbine and Gerrard-May2018.pdf: May 12-18, 2018 raw bike and motor vehicular counts data. Bike counts for northbound and southbound on Woodbine Avenue south of Cosburn Avenue and south of Gerrard Street were conducted and included separate counts for on-street and sidewalk rides. 24-hour counts were conducted on the above dates. However, as 2016 data were available for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., only the 12-hour daytime (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) bike volumes from 2018 counts were compared with 2016 data.

Bike Counts Summary-Woodbine-Before and After.pdf: summary of the above two bike counts on Woodbine Avenue for before (May 2016) and after (May 2018) bike lanes installation. Please note published average 12-hour daytime before and after bike counts on the Woodbine web page were rounded to the nearest tens. Also note comparison of before and after bike counts on Bike Counts Summary-Woodbine-Before and After.pdf excludes the number of cyclists riding on sidewalks.

Bike Counts-Woodbine and Danforth-Oct2017.pdf and Bike Counts-Woodbine and Danforth-July2018.pdf: summary of 24-hour bike counts from October 2017 and July 2018 on Woodbine Avenue south of Danforth Avenue are also provided in attached files. Sidewalk rides were not included in the above counts.

  1. Description of how the car time was collected, how many data points were examined

The City’s Transportation Services Division has access to current and historical travel time data for Woodbine Avenue and other major streets in the city. This data is sourced from a third-party vendor who collects and aggregates travel time data from a variety of GPS probe data sources. Due to the third-party proprietary issue, the City doesn’t have access to the actual data set and only has access to the aggregated data set.

Using the above data sets, average before motor vehicular travel time data were compiled from March to May 2016 and average after motor vehicular travel time data were compiled from March to May 2018. The Woodbine web page (www.toronto.ca/woodbinebikelanes) includes a summary of before and after travel time data. As noted in the web update, before and after travel time comparisons were carried out for a.m., midday and p.m. peak periods. Northbound and southbound travel times were gathered for segments of Woodbine Avenue from O’Connor Drive to Danforth Avenue and from Danforth Avenue to Queen Street and were combined to get travel time for the entire study area from O’Connor Drive to Queen Street.

Raw Travel Time Woodbine-OConnor to Queen.pdf: raw aggregated travel time data for before and after bike lanes installation are attached in this file.

  1. Specific locations that the data was collected from for bike data (both in 2016 and 2018) (ex: closest intersection and direction of lane (north or south)

Please see response to the question #1 above.

  1. Include any variables that were recorded in the study

The summary of the study findings including variables are provided in the web update here: www.toronto.ca/woodbinebikelanes. Please check News and Updates tab for details.

  1. Study design

As noted in the above web page, after the installation of Woodbine lanes in fall 2017, staff monitored operations and tweaked designs to fit needs of cyclists and other road users on a case-by-case basis. As planned and mentioned in the web page, travel time studies were undertaken in spring 2018 after all bike lane installations and minor modifications were completed. The City evaluated effects on all road users with measures of cycling (volume counts, operations), vehicular traffic (travel time, operations), TTC (travel time, operations) and on parking (supply and utilization). Staff also monitored traffic signal timing/operations with relation to potential additional delay to traffic and worked to optimize/adjust signal timing, as required. The City also monitored the potential impact on local traffic patterns and parking on side streets around Woodbine Avenue and will continue monitor traffic on some side streets in fall 2018. Overall, the intent of monitoring and evaluation study are to 1) show a before and after comparison and 2) respond and minimize impacts on all road users and curbside usage, as well as to examine cycling usage.


 

Q: Request for information regarding the tiling at Pape Station, namely the type of tiles that were used during the Station Modernization project.

A: The tiling at Pape Station consists of mostly porcelain tiles.