TORONTO — Registration for Toronto’s CaféTO program for 2022 is now open for restaurants looking to expand their patio space into curb lanes and sidewalks. Operators can now submit application documents and complete payment in one convenient online system.
New for 2022, operators are now eligible for a matching grant of up to $7,500 to cover 50 per cent of the cost of eligible property or site improvements related to expanded patio space through the CaféTO Property-Improvement Program.
“We’re launching CaféTO registration now so this patio program will be up and running as soon as possible to help support restaurants and bars in the spring,” said Mayor John Tory in a press release. “Through the program, 1,200 restaurants were supported with curb lane and sidewalk cafés in 2021. Restaurant and bar patios are an integral part of Toronto’s economy and contribute to the energy and vibrancy of our city. We continue to encourage everyone to support Toronto’s bars and restaurants now by ordering takeout and delivery as much as possible.”
In collaboration with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), the City of Toronto is working to continually improve the CaféTO program. Some improvements include:
- A clearer registration and permitting process, as well as updated guidebooks to help operators understand what’s required;
- A more efficient installation process;
- To ensure more restaurants across the city, for example in Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York, are able to participate;
- To allow operators to build temporary platforms where applicable.
The deadline for CaféTO registration is Apr. 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Approved CaféTO curb-lanes will be installed as early as mid-May, pending public-health orders.