The City of Toronto leases City-owned or City-managed spaces to eligible non-profit organizations to deliver services to residents of Toronto, for a nominal, Below Market Rent. Organizations hold short-term agreements with the City to deliver direct programs to local neighbourhoods that meet specific community needs.
Providing accessible community space is a key component to building strong neighbourhoods. Community use of City space is a collaboration and investment in the City’s community and cultural organizations. These organizations in turn provide community, social, health, recreation and cultural programs that are aligned with and support the City’s strategic objectives. The absence of community space directly impacts the availability of programs and services that are responsive to local needs.
Services delivered under Community Space Tenancy include community health, arts and culture, recreation, before and after school programs, settlement services and environmental planning.
City staff members are available to talk with you about the Community Space Tenancy program. You can ask us about how to apply, how to get on a waiting list for City space, or how to develop a proposal towards a community space tenancy project.
Applicant organizations must be:
Applicant organizations must:
Community Space Tenancies will be made available to organizations through a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) administered by the City of Toronto. The REOI is an open call to Non-Profit organizations that fit the service priorities of the available City space allocated for community use. Community organizations must be able to meet any additional application requirements.
A single non-profit organization leasing a dedicated community space providing stable, consistent and accessible community services. A City space can have more than one organization each with an independent lease.
Each lease can be a head lease for up to two sub-lease agencies within a given space.
A one- to two-year lease agreement for grassroots organizations to build capacity, develop an organizational structure, and design services in order to meet an emerging need. Incubator Tenant organizations will share space with a mentor organization.
Three or more non-profit organizations lease dedicated space within a city facility with intentional service collaboration and integration. A governance structure and co-location agreement details the facility service mandate which each agency follows in addition to their lease with the City.
The City of Toronto is seeking an eligible not-for-profit organization to occupy a Community Space under the Community Space Tenancy Policy (the “CST Policy”). A Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) and selection process will be used to determine the appropriate tenant to occupy this Community Space.
REOI Application Deadline: August 31, 2021 at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time
Mandatory Online Information Session: August 10, 2021 from 1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
The REOI application will be emailed to your organization upon confirmation of attendance for the Mandatory Online Information Session. Do not share or circulate the REOI application with anyone external to your organization.
If your organization is interested in applying to this opportunity, please register for the Mandatory Online Information Session by August 9 at 12 p.m. (Noon) Eastern Standard Time by emailing Desiré Robertson.
The link to access the Mandatory Online Information Session will be sent to your organization after registration closes. Please note that REOI applications received from organizations that did not attend the full Mandatory Online Information Session will not be accepted. No exceptions.
The City of Toronto is seeking a not-for-profit tenant agency to occupy 6,615 square feet of space at 705 Progress Avenue, Unit 36/37 (the “Property”) to deliver social or health services, community centre services or cultural or recreational services to Toronto residents under the CST Policy.
For a virtual tour of Property, visit Compass Realty – 705 Progress Ave – Commercial Space 2
Please note there are other tenants located within the 705 Progress Avenue complex. Services being provided include:
705 Progress Avenue is Industrial Zone (M). Before services can be offered, the successful tenant will be responsible for either:
Estimated Lease and Service Level Agreement Offer: November/December 2021
Lease Term: The standard lease term under the CST Policy is 5 years.
Occupancy Mix: This space is available for exclusive use by 1 organization.
Tenant Building Responsibility:
Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for a Community Space Tenancy lease, an organization must:
Basic Rent: The basic rent is $2.00+HST per annum, with a total sum of $10.00+HST based on a standard 5 year lease term, payable in full at the commencement of the lease.
TDSB Rent: The TDSB rent is $2.00+HST per square foot per annum. The annual sum of $13, 232.00+HST, payable in equal installments of $1102.67+HST, on the first day of each and every month, commencing at the start of the lease.
Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges: The annual sum of $40,159.12+HST, payable in advance in equal monthly installments of $3346.59+HST, on the first day of each and every month, such amount to be calculated on the basis of $6.07+HST per square foot per annum; The amount of CAM charges will be estimated and adjusted each year and the tenant shall pay such estimated amount in monthly installments in advance.
Fit-Up Costs: The Property will be leased in “as is” condition. The Tenant Agency will be responsible for completing their own due diligence on the suitability of the premises prior to the tenancy. Subject to the Landlord’s consent, any and all fit-ups, and the costs thereof, that may be required prior to and during occupancy will be the sole responsibility of the Tenant Agency. In July 2020, an estimate of approximately $170,000.00 + HST was provided to the Landlord to configure the Property as a large open space. This quote is for reference purposes only and is not binding to the tenant as a condition of the occupancy.
705 Progress Avenue, Unit 36/37 is located in the Woburn neighbourhood in Ward 24- Scarborough-Guildwood. Woburn is part of the City of Toronto’s Scarborough South Cluster.
The following are identified as top 5 common community needs in the Scarborough South Cluster based on 211’s most recent dashboard:
To access the most recent dashboard on common community needs, visit this webpage for more information.
Examples of common community needs can be found using 211’s data dictionary.
To view key demographic trends of Woburn, please visit the City of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Profile.