As part of the Recognition Review, the City of Toronto is currently not processing any new City Property Naming Applications or requests as there is a Council-directed moratorium on naming and renaming of civic properties.
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City of Toronto Property Naming Policy guides the naming of City of Toronto properties, including parks and community recreation centres and facilities. The policy establishes the criteria and process to name City properties, including naming a property after an individual or organization.
Names must have geographic, historical, cultural, Indigenous, or social significance to the park and/or the local community, City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, or Canada. When naming a park after an individual (honourific naming), the City encourages names that promote Toronto’s cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity by honouring groups that have historically been under-represented in park names such as women, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ2S and other communities.
The Property Naming Policy addresses the distinct procedures and requirements for naming both new and existing properties.
When naming new parks and community/recreation facilities, the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division can propose up to five names in consultation with the Ward Councillor. Parks, Forestry and Recreation must then consult with the public on the proposed names, except where the proposed property name is based on a location or a name of a street. Public consultation as part of the naming process may include, but is not limited to, on-line surveys, stakeholder engagement, public meetings, etc.
The top three names must then be submitted through a staff report prepared by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff to the relevant Community Council for final approval (or City Council if the names affect more than one Community Council or have citywide significance).
Requests to re-name existing parks and community/recreation facilities and requests to name park amenities are conducted through an application process. The Naming or Renaming an Existing Property Proposal Form must be completed and submitted to Strategic Partnerships which conducts a high level evaluation using the policy criteria.
Should the proposal meet the policy requirements, the proposal is then sent to the appropriate City Division – in this case Parks, Forestry & Recreation – for further vetting and community consultation. Community consultation for this renaming process may include but is not limited to installation of a sign in the park, online survey, engaging with permit holders and other stakeholders, etc.
If the proposal is successful, a staff report will be prepared by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff and submitted to the appropriate Community Council for final approval.
Please note the process typically takes approximately three to six months.