Toronto more than doubles its number of outdoor public washrooms

Nov 20 2020, 3:17 pm

The City of Toronto said it will double the supply of outdoor washrooms from 64 to 143 as part of its ongoing response to the coronavirus.

According to a statement, the City council has a plan that includes 79 new winter washrooms across the city, on top of the 64 locations already in existence.

“This more than doubling of access to public washrooms in parks throughout the winter will be of great benefit to residents who will want to safely enjoy the outdoors more often,” said Mayor John Tory. “We know the increase in park use during the COVID pandemic will continue, and it is essential that the City provide services that support these changes in behaviour.”

Most park washrooms in Toronto are not winterized, and as a result of more closures and restrictions due to the resurgence of COVID-19, more people will want to get outside – even during the winter months. City staff have now determined that an additional 28 park washrooms should be kept open.

“I applaud City staff for quickly creating a viable plan to increase access to washroom facilities in our parks,” said James Pasternak, Councillor of York Centre, and Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee. “This will help make the winter park experience much more comfortable for all.”

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The expanded locations include washrooms at golf courses and stadiums, which are not normally kept open throughout the wintertime.

Portable toilets will also be deployed to 51 locations that regularly receive high-traffic, and where winter activities will take place. The City says that snow clearing will be provided as necessary at all winter washroom locations in parks.

Once it is cold enough for the skating season to commence in late November, washrooms will be available to the public at 47 outdoor rinks.

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