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September 16, 2013
City of Toronto seeking feedback on economic and employment lands policies
The City of Toronto is hosting two public open houses for members of the public to provide feedback on proposed policy changes to the economic policies and land use designations for employment lands contained in the Official Plan.

As part of the Official Plan Review, the City has proposed economic policies to support the economic health of Toronto as well as proposed policies for Toronto’s employment lands to support and preserve lands designated as employment areas for economic purposes.

"Employment lands are crucial to job growth in Toronto," said Mayor Rob Ford. "Employers need space to build and expand their businesses to employ more people. We want to hear from residents and businesses as we revise our Official Plan policies on these lands."

The proposed policies seek to stimulate the growth of new office space close to rapid transit, preserve employment areas for business purposes, and provide locations for the retail sector to accommodate the needs of Toronto's growing population.

The open houses offer an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed policy changes before City Council considers the recommended changes. Residents can join City staff at either of the open house sessions:

Thursday, September 19
Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John St.
- 2 to 5 p.m. (presentation at 2:30 p.m.)
- 6 to 9 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

For more information on the proposed policies, or to take the online survey (under "Your Say"), visit To sign up for City Planning or Official Plan email updates, please visit Follow City Planning on Twitter @CityPlanTO.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Co-ordinator
Strategic Communications



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