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February 13, 2008
City of Toronto services on Family Day - Monday, February 18
On Monday, February 18, most City of Toronto services and operations will be closed for Family Day.

City services that occur 24/7, 365 days a year, such as Emergency Medical Services and Toronto Fire, will continue to operate on Family Day.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation will offer some recreation programs at City-operated facilities on Family Day. Signage will be posted at each facility in advance of Family Day to advise users of its availability. For a list of facilities that will be open this Monday, check the City’s website at

All Children’s Services child care centres will be closed, with the exception of individual home care providers, in which case parents should speak to the provider to confirm service.

For detailed information about the availability of City operations and services, see the Fact Sheet below.

The City of Toronto provides holidays for its employees in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Standards Act. Family Day was approved by the provincial government in October, 2007.

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Francine Antonio, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5318,

Fact Sheet - Family Day operations and service

  • All courts in Ontario, including those in the City of Toronto, will be closed.

  • All City child care centres will be closed, with the exception of individual home care providers, in which case parents should speak to the provider to confirm service.

  • City administrative counter services will be closed.

  • All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed.

  • There is no scheduled residential garbage/recycling pick-up on Mondays. Multi residential garbage/recycling collection will be shifted to one day later that week.

  • Litter cleaning will be provided on a reduced schedule.

  • The TTC will provide regular holiday service on most routes. Check the TTC website for further information.

  • In Toronto’s Homes for the Aged, care and service continues as usual.

  • Shelter services operate as usual. Drop-ins funded by the City may be limited to those with special funding for extended hours. Check the City’s website for more information:

  • Community centres will be closed to users, including permit holders. Staff will attempt to accommodate permit holders on another day or extend the permit by one week. If this is not possible, refunds will be issued.

  • Selected pools and indoor arenas will be open for leisure swimming and skating. All outdoor artificial ice rinks will also be open for skating. For a list of facilities that will be operating, check the City’s website at

  • The Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University will be open for drop-in programming.

  • Toronto’s two Ski and Snowboard Centres will be open for regular programming.

  • All late afternoon/evening ice permits will be honoured at indoor arenas and outdoor artificial ice rinks.

  • Ferry service to the Toronto Islands will be operating on a holiday schedule. For more information, call 416-392-8193.



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