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Night Economy Review

Night Economy Review: Proposed Zoning and Licensing Regulations for Bars, Restaurants and other Entertainment Venues

The City is exploring strategies to support Toronto’s night economy - the social, cultural and business activities that occur at night. The goal is to create a vibrant, safer, and more inclusive night economy, with an updated approach to licensing and zoning bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in communities across Toronto.

In spring 2023, an interdivisional team, which included staff from Municipal Licensing and Standards, Economic Development and Culture and City Planning consulted various stakeholders and the public through targeted meetings, public consultations and an online survey. The consultations and online survey focused on modernizing Toronto’s zoning, licensing and regulations for businesses, and how City regulations can support balanced night economies, culture and communities citywide.

On September 6 and 7, the City will be hosting public sessions to share an update on the review as well as a summary of proposed amendments to both the Zoning Bylaw and Licensing Bylaw as they relate to Toronto’s Night Economy. More information including details on how to register for a session is available on the City’s Night Economy Review webpage at:

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