The City conducted public engagement in spring 2022 to inform the development of the City’s new commemorative framework. Over 12,000 residents participated in consultations and provided input.

Virtual Town Hall and Panel Discussion

Watch a recording of the Virtual Town Hall and Panel discussion hosted by Monumental Projects and the City of Toronto as they explored draft guiding principles for the new framework, the history of commemoration in Toronto and current efforts to address legacy issues. They also explored the untold stories of people, places and events that could be commemorated in Toronto.

Community Dialogues

The City also worked with Monumental Projects to host community dialogues to seek feedback from partners including:

  • Indigenous rights holders
  • Indigenous Community Leaders and Organizations (co-hosted with Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council)
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Community Leaders and Organizations (co-hosted with The 519)
  • Black Community Leaders and Organizations (co-hosted with Network for the Advancement of Black Communities)
  • Diverse youth (co-hosted with Students Commission of Canada)
  • Arts-based engagement for youth in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts

The City hosted additional community dialogues with historical societies, Community Preservation Panels, and members of the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Accountability Circle and Indigenous Placemaking Circle.

Read Monumental Projects’ report on consultations.

Interactive Arts-Based Engagement through ArtworxTO

As part of ArtworxTO, the City commissioned Monument Lab, a public art studio working with local artist Quentin VerCetty, to design an interactive installation to seek feedback on the future of monuments in Toronto. The “Monument Mobile” – a truck with a flatbed gallery space outfitted with 3D digital sculptures, collages, and maps – made stops across the city at Nathan Phillips Square, Roundhouse Park, Cloverdale Common, Scarborough Town Centre, Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area, and Mel Lastman Square. At each location, a team of locally based Monument Lab researchers conducted an open engagement process with participants and passersby around how to create meaningful monuments that represent the city. Over 1,500 people engaged with the Monument Mobile.

Read Monument Lab’s report on consultations.