The City of Toronto has released a report with proposed changes to the popular CafeTO program that will see it transition into a more permanent and sustainable program.
The report highlights that it wants CafeTO to move from a “temporary emergency response initiative” into a more permanent program that makes Toronto streets more “attractive, safe and accessible while continuing to allow restaurants and bars to operate with expanded space outdoors.”
“The proposed changes will ensure CaféTO installations are beautiful, active, and accessible,” city officials said.
The program was originally launched in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to give restaurants more of an outdoor dining option due to public health restrictions.
CafeTO includes opportunities for sidewalk cafes and seasonal curb-lane patios.