Toronto is changing the rules on nightlife

Toronto is hosting its inaugural town hall meeting to address the city’s night economy, aiming to boost late-night businesses and prepare for upcoming regulatory changes. This event, spearheaded by Coun. Paul Ainslie, the city’s “night economy champion,” aims to gather stakeholders including business owners, service providers, and resident groups to discuss strategies for fostering a thriving nighttime economy while maintaining harmony with residents.

The initiative began in 2019 with the appointment of a “night economy ambassador” and has since evolved to focus on enhancing economic activity between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., particularly in entertainment and hospitality sectors. Key among the discussions will be preparations for zoning and licensing changes slated for 2025, which will expand opportunities for late-night establishments beyond the downtown core.

While concerns about noise and transit accessibility exist, the move to spread late-night venues throughout the city is expected to offer more affordable real estate and operational flexibility for businesses. Club owners advocate for extended operating hours, suggesting that Toronto’s current 2 a.m. last call is outdated compared to other global cities.

Estimates suggest significant economic potential in Toronto’s nighttime economy, although the precise figures are unclear due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond economic considerations, the town hall will also address transit improvements and safety concerns for nighttime activities.

Overall, stakeholders see the town hall as a step in the right direction toward creating a more vibrant and inclusive nighttime economy in Toronto.

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