News Release
March 1, 2023

The City of Toronto has opened applications for restaurants to participate in the popular Summerlicious program, which returns July 7 to 23. Applications will be accepted from March 1 until March 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Summerlicious 2023 is designed to make it easy and affordable for restaurants to participate and will encourage more Toronto residents to dine out and celebrate Toronto’s diverse culinary scene.

To continue to support the local restaurant industry, the City is offering a reduced fee of $550 plus HST for participation in Summerlicious 2023, less than half of the pre-pandemic fee of $1,300 plus HST. Based on industry feedback, the City has also simplified its online application process, and participating restaurants will continue to have greater flexibility to set menus and price points.

This year’s Summerlicious program will continue to support the recovery and revival of Toronto’s restaurant scene. The program will help the local industry generate much-needed revenue, drive business to local restaurants and contribute to the growth and sustainability of the industry’s workforce.

Restaurants interested in participating in Summerlicious 2023 should review the criteria and application process before submitting their online application. Confirmation of participation in Summerlicious 2023 will be communicated directly to restaurants by late April. More information is available on the City’s Summerlicious 2023 Restaurant Participation webpage.

Working with partners in the hospitality sector and Toronto’s network of Business Improvement Areas, the City continues to develop and deliver programs to support restaurants, main streets and independent businesses.

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“I know Toronto residents and visitors look forward to Summerlicious every year. I encourage restaurant owners and operators to apply for this year’s program this month and look forward to seeing lots of participation in July. This program continues to be an important part of our city’s support for the hospitality industry’s pandemic recovery and our overall work on economic recovery.”
– Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park)

“Summerlicious is a great example of the work the City does to support and showcase our incredible restaurants, main streets and independent businesses across the city.”
– Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee

About Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs
The Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs, created by the City of Toronto, began in 2003 as a way to boost Toronto’s restaurant industry during typically slow periods of business. In the years since the program’s inception, participating restaurants have served more than 8 million meals, generating more than $353 million in economic activity for the local restaurant industry.

Toronto is home to more than three million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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