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August 17, 2003
City of Toronto cancels services to conserve power
The need to conserve energy to ensure the availability of electricity where it
is needed most is the priority of the City of Toronto. The City is taking a
lead role in energy conservation and therefore will dramatically scale back
services to provide only the most important and essential services.

The City will continue providing services to the most vulnerable residents in
the city and those services affecting public health and safety. However, other
services will be cancelled.

Cancelled services | Continued services

Closing the services that are not essential will help ensure that the City
contributes to conservation efforts and has adequate electricity. Garbage
collection will continue. Emergency services will continue 24 hours a day. The
subway will be running tomorrow with a stable source of electricity.

Unless expressly advised by their manager or supervisor not to report for duty,
all City staff are required to report to work. Employees working in a service
area that has been cancelled are still required to report for work unless
otherwise advised by their manager or supervisor.

Toronto City Hall and all civic centres are closed to the public. However,
where services will continue, the public will be permitted limited access, if

The City will not be providing the following services until further notice:

Community and Neighbourhood Services
  • Libraries
Public Health
Public Health will be suspending a number of services, but will respond to urgent issues and emergencies in the following areas:
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Healthy Environments
  • Healthy Babies and Healthy Children
  • Dental Services and
  • Animal Services
Corporate Services
  • public meetings for City Council, Council committees, community councils
  • all licensing offices are closed
  • all counter services are closed
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
  • greenhouses and conservatories
  • museums, galleries and cultural facilities
  • arenas
  • fitness centres
  • no new filming permits will be issued
  • evening sporting events at City-run tennis courts and parks, requiring lighting
  • all counter services are closed
  • water and tax bill payment counters
  • tenders and requests for proposals
Urban Development Services
  • municipal licensing
  • FastTrack building permit applications
  • all business and taxi licensing
  • Committee of Adjustment or planning applications
Works and Emergency Services
  • parking permits
The City will continue to operate the following services:

Community and Neighbourhood Services
  • homes for the aged
  • day care centres
  • shelters and hostels
  • methadone clinics
  • food safety complaints
  • mosquito surveillance and control for West Nile virus
  • Ontario Works / Social Services
Corporate Services
  • Provincial offences courts
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
  • golf courses
  • wading pools
  • special events - please verify your event before attending
  • camps
  • community and recreation centres
  • Toronto Island ferries
Works and Emergency Services
  • All Works and Emergency services, except for parking permits, will be functioning normally.
  • Garbage collection will continue.

Privately operated wedding chapels in City Hall and other City of Toronto
buildings will also be open.

Members of the public may call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 for more detailed



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