Last updated: July 27, 2020 at 2:51 p.m.
Making the City digitally accessible is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Internet access and internet-compatible devices are crucial tools for accessing information, critical services and social connections/supports.
In partnership with the Toronto Public Library, Wi-Fi on Wheels is a week-long City of Toronto pilot project providing temporary Wi-Fi access in parks for those without regular access in underserved neighbourhoods.
The Wi-Fi-enabled Bookmobile will be travelling to select Toronto parks from August 4 to 8. Visit a participating park between noon and 6:30 p.m. to connect to free Wi-Fi.
|Masseygrove Park (Elmbank Community Centre)
Address: 80 Kendleton Dr.
Dates: August 4, 5 & 6*
Hours: noon to 6:30 p.m.
|Edgeley Park (Driftwood Community Recreation Centre)
Address: 4401 Jane St.
Dates: August 7 & 8*
Hours: noon to 6:30 p.m.
*The selected dates and times may change due to weather conditions.
Connecting to Free Park Wi-Fi
- The Wi-Fi hotspot has a range of 60 metres and can connect up to 40 users at a time. Wi-Fi is limited to 30 minutes per user to allow as many people as possible to get online.
- Anyone can bring their own device to connect or can use a City of Toronto device. All City devices will be sanitized between users to ensure safe use for everyone.
- Residents using the park Wi-Fi are required to maintain a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) from others at all times, and should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer that will be provided onsite by City staff.
- If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.
- While it’s not mandatory to wear masks or face coverings when outside, it is recommended that masks/cloth face coverings are worn if physical distancing is difficult.
- Staff will conduct a brief health assessment to ensure that anyone using the City devices does not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Staff will also note the name and phone number of those using City devices for contact tracing purposes, wherever possible.
- The Toronto Public Library’s Bookmobile is only providing a Wi-Fi signal onsite and will not be accepting returns or loaning out books.
If you are having issues connecting, try these troubleshooting tips:
- Select “TPL Bookmobile Public 1” or “TPL Bookmobile Public 2” in your device’s network settings to connect to the free Wi-Fi. If you get a notification to sign in or join, tap the network name.
- If “TPL Bookmobile Public 1” or “TPL Bookmobile Public 2” is not visible on your network settings:
- Restart your computer or device
- Turn Wi-Fi off and then on again
- Move to a different area of the park or closer to the Bookmobile and try again – maintain physical distancing of two metres (six feet) from others while moving around
Toronto Public Library’s Digital Inclusion Efforts
The Toronto Public Library supports the City’s digital inclusion efforts and helps provide vital connections for some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents with equitable access to technology and internet connectivity across its network of 100 branches.