Last updated: October 1, 2020 at 11:35 a.m
Tell us what you think about Toronto’s CaféTO program.
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CaféTO registration is now closed.
The CaféTO program aims to provide more outdoor dining areas to help some restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patrons on patios during the summer months.
A CaféTO Placement Guidebook (currently being updated) has been created to better understand program requirements and other details necessary for the safe and accessible installation of a temporary sidewalk café or curb lane café.
The City is working closely with Business Improvements Areas and restaurant and bar operators to help them understand enforcement, safety accessibility requirements, and how to maintain physical distancing, within the space, to keep customers and employees safe.
If you have any questions about this registration form or the CaféTO program, please email us at cafeTO@toronto.ca. To receive updates and information on CaféTO, sign-up for the BusinessTO newsletter.
Read the staff report on CaféTO which was approved by City Council on June 29, 2020.
Learn more about the guidelines for re-opening your restaurant, bar or other food service premise while in Stage 3 of the Province’s reopening plan. Per provincial regulation, operators are required to record the name and contact information of at least one member of every party of patrons (not “every patron”) that enters an indoor or outdoor dining area, other than customers who are there temporarily for pick up or takeout orders.
Options available for restaurants and bar operators:
Small Sidewalk Frontage Café
If you would like to install a Small Frontage Café (single line of seating directly in front of your business) registration in CaféTO is not required. Please refer to the new CaféTO Placement Guidebook (currently being updated) for installation requirements.
Requests for curb lane closures may only be approved, where feasible, following careful review and consideration by the City.
Every effort will be made to investigate the potential for a curb lane closure, but they are not guaranteed. Curb lane closures are not possible within the following areas:
Proximity to an intersection will also limit the ability to close a curb lane to ensure traffic safety and emergency vehicle access. Curb lane closures are not possible within:
Read and familiarize yourself with the Ministerial Zoning Order for Toronto before installing or expanding a patio on private property.
The City of Toronto has received a new Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) from the Province of Ontario that will help ease zoning restrictions on outdoor patios while allowing for expanded patios on private property, including parking areas.
The MZO clearly describes area limits, restricts patios from being above the first storey of a building, and requires a patio to not be in or within 30 metres of a Residential Zone. The Order will expire on November 16 to coincide with the end of the CaféTO program.
Physical extensions of liquor sales for an outdoor patio on private property are permitted under the applicable zoning bylaw, and no further action is required by business operators. However, the City may withdraw this permission if a business fails to comply with the applicable zoning bylaws or other applicable City by-laws, policies or orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Restaurant and bar operators who wish to expand their patio on private property should also contact their landlord(s) for permission. Restaurant and bar owners in a business improvement area may wish to contact their BIA for design support.
In order to ensure safe operation of outdoor patios on private property, while recognizing that the CafeTO program is for 2020 only, operators may not:
Private patio operators are solely responsible for ensuring their patio meets accessibility (AODA) requirements, complies with the Noise Bylaw and meets any other regulatory requirements. Conditions imposed by the City (e.g. hours of operation) will apply to any expanded patio area.
Portable heating devices, including fueled heating appliances like propane patio heaters, will be allowed on all outdoor patio types in Toronto, including sidewalks and curb lane cafés.
It is important that everyone read, understand and follow closely these safe operation guidelines from Toronto Fire Services.
Your portable heating appliance must:
Do install your portable heating appliance:
Do not install your portable heating appliance:
Fueled Heating Appliances
If you choose to use a propane or other fueled heating appliance, please closely follow these specific safety guidelines:
All questions regarding these guidelines should be directed to Toronto Fire Services at TFS_Events@toronto.ca
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