Winter is coming soon, get skating!

Did you know that the city offers FREE skating gear rentals?


Winter is right around the corner, and there are a lot of City programs and facilities for you and your family to enjoy! From access to free outdoor skating rinks, cross-country skiing at a golf course snow loop, to tobogganing at your local city park! Find more details below.

In this newsletter: 

  • Welcome TO Winter
  • New Bike Share Toronto Locations
  • Neighbourhood Climate Action Grant Recipients
  • Vacant Home Tax

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at 416 338 5335 or [email protected]. My team is here to support you.


City Councillor
Ward 7, Humber- River Black Creek

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Welcome TO Winter


Toronto kicks off the Welcome TO Winter program, opening over 50 outdoor ice rinks. These rinks host various activities, including free public skating and instructional programs.

The artificial ice rinks will operate until March 17, 2024, with residents encouraged to check their status on the City's website due to weather fluctuations. Skating hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Partnering with Desjardins Group, the Skate Lending Library provides free access to skates, helmets, and aids at select rinks through a mobile library. Reservations are unnecessary.

City-operated rinks prioritize accessibility, offering sleds for individuals with disabilities during leisure skate programs. Reservations can be made in advance.

Welcome TO Winter promotes ongoing outdoor activities:

  • 1,500 parks with 270 km of cleared paths
  • 28 toboggan hills
  • Over 50 outdoor ice rinks
  • Seven snow loops for walking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing
  • Skiing and snowboarding at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (weather permitting)
  • Public washrooms at 100 park locations
  • Designated outdoor fire pits and bake ovens for booking
  • Open sports courts, including 50 tennis courts
  • Seven disc golf locations
  • Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories remain open daily for a winter floral experience.

New Bike Share Toronto Locations


Exciting news for our Cyclists! Bike Share Toronto has just set up brand new bike stations at Lindlylou Rd and Lanyard Rd. Check out the map to locate the closest bike to you!

Did you also know that Bike Share Toronto also just launched the Reduced Fare Pass Program? It’s making urban mobility more inclusive! Don’t miss out on this fantastic initiative. Click here for more info.

Neighbourhood Climate Action Grant Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Neighbourhood Climate Action Grants! I am honoured to share that 2 local groups: Friends of Smythe Park and Thunder Crows Kids Camp have been awarded a grant from Live Green TO to implement a project that addresses the climate crisis. Thank you to all the groups who proposed a project for our community!

Vacant Home Tax 

Owners of residential properties in Toronto: It’s time to declare the 2023 occupancy status of your property. Even if you live there. 

Declarations can be made by owners or an authorized representative. Declare by February 29th, 2024. 

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