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Parkdale Emergency Food Assistance

Greenest City is partnering with Food Share to provide Emergency Food Boxes in Parkdale. You can apply here and donate here.

If you are able to pick up the Good Food Box from 201 Cowan Ave (Epiphany & St Marks Church) safely, they are asking that you pick up your box in order to alleviate the pressure on FoodShare delivery drivers. Pick-up location will be strictly following public health guidelines.


Support Everyone in YOUR Community

As our workplaces and gathering places shut down and we retreat into our homes, we are seeing the importance of connected communities. More than ever, neighbours are helping neighbours get through a difficult time. Our public health services can’t possibly assist every vulnerable resident who needs help right now. That’s where YOU come in – mutual aid!

We encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. Talk to your neighbours and join or start an on-line group through Nextdoor, Facebook, ZOOM, Meet-up in Parkdale.

Learn how to self-monitor and self-isolate > Health Canada



COVID-19 Information for Parkdalians

Many of you here in our community of Parkdale are looking for information about the coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19). The top priority is to limit the spread of the virus. Stay informed!

Here are three websites with the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Toronto Public Health:
Health Canada:
World Health Organization:

Official Plan Changes to Queen St. W. (Bathurst to Roncy) – Mar. 12

The Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be deliberating on the Queen Street West Planning Study (Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue) – Official Plan Amendment (OPA) – Final Report. The OPA, when approved, will have long term ramifications for Queen St. W. (Parkdale). As a resident of Parkdale, you are encouraged to comment or speak to this item >
Please review the support material.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 100 Queen Street West – Committee Room 1 (2nd floor), Toronto City Hall

Youth Paint Parkdale (deadline) – Mar. 6

A free visual arts learning program for local youth (ages 14-19) during March Break 2020. Participants learn basic art, design and mural-making skills from professional artists, gaining the skills and confidence to participate in public art projects in their communities. During the program, participants will work on a collaborative design which they will also paint as part of the Lansdowne Underpass transformation this summer.

To Register (deadline March 6):

Date: Monday, Mar. 16 to Friday, Mar. 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library

Parkdale Seedy Saturday – Feb. 29

Join Greenest City for Seedy Saturday! A chance to start scheming your summer paradise while the snow is still on the ground. Demonstrations, vendors, a seed exchange, local food and live music!

Volunteer opportunity: Any time from 9:30 – 5:30, to help with set up, clean up, registration, floating, seed packing, etc. Please email if you are able to help out.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

Neighbourhood Planning Table – March 5

Join the South Parkdale Neighbourhood Planning Table, a place-based planning approach that involves community members, community agencies, and City staff to identify local priorities, create solutions, and build partnerships to advance the Parkdale Community Planning Study!

Date: Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

1375 Queen St. W. Redevelopment – Feb. 25

Skale Developments is holding a public consultation meeting where you can learn more about their proposed plans for an 8-storey rental building at 1375 Queen Street West. Currently, it’s an empty lot located at the south-east corner of Queen and Close. Further details will be available at the community meeting. Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Presentation at 7:00 pm followed by Q&A)
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

1488 Queen St. W. Redevelopment – Feb. 20

The Owners of the property at 1488 Queen Street West and are looking at redeveloping this property to add new uses and contribute to the commercial character along Queen Street West. The proposal is to add a 6-storey building with residential units and ground-floor retail.

The Owners are hosting a  pre-application Community Meeting. There will be a short presentation, followed by a Question & Answer session. The Owners project team members will be available to hear your comments and answer questions throughout the evening. There will be opportunities to provide both verbal and written feedback.

Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning Staff will be in attendance.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Presentation at 7:00 pm followed by Q&A)
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson Auditorium)