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May 19, 2010
Automated public toilet in waterfront area now available for use
Mayor David Miller was joined by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and Luc Sabbatini, President of Astral Media Outdoor, today to officially open the City of Toronto’s first automated public toilet, located at the northwest corner of Rees Street and Queens Quay Boulevard.

A total of 20 toilets will be installed across the city over the next 20 years as part of the Coordinated Street Furniture Program.

“The installation of this automated public toilet is a positive development for both residents and visitors to the city,” said Mayor David Miller. “It will improve the basic level of service offered by the City, provide comfort and convenience, and promote better public hygiene.”

The automated public toilet is activated by inserting a 25-cent coin or token. Each patron is allocated 20 minutes per use, with the time clearly communicated through a three-step audible warning process and a visual blinking light. After each patron exits, the unit will seal itself and begin a self-cleaning cycle. The unit is equipped with several sensors, and the cleaning procedure will not start if a patron is detected.

The automated public toilet will be regularly maintained, with service personnel visiting the unit three times a day. The public can also request a maintenance call by dialling the phone number posted on the wall of the public toilet.

“We consulted with a number of cities that operate public toilets to identify and select the best technological design for the City of Toronto,” said Luc Sabbatini, President, Astral Media Outdoor. “The unit we have selected will offer a clean and secure indoor environment and is equipped to operate year round.”

One of the public benefits to the City provided through the contract with Astral Media was the provision of free access for homeless people to the street furniture’s new public washrooms. Streets to Homes outreach workers will be provided with tokens that they will distribute directly to their clients to be used at the first public washroom at Rees Street and Queen’s Quay, and at future washrooms as they are provided.

The public toilet is one component of the City’s Coordinated Street Furniture Program, which also includes transit shelters, litter/recycling bins, newspaper bins and corrals, information/wayfinding pillars, public posting columns, bicycle posts and benches. The new street furniture will replace Toronto’s aging and mismatched street furniture, with more than 25,000 new pieces in total.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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