Licensing and Standards Committee
|Meeting No.||10||Contact||Dela Ting, Committee Administrator|
|Meeting Date|| Thursday, April 14, 2016 |
Friday, April 15, 2016
|Start Time|| 9:30 AM ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Location|| Council Chamber, City Hall ||Chair||Councillor Cesar Palacio|
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|Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings|
|(February 24, 2016) Letter from the Tenant Issues Committee|
The Tenant Issues Committee recommends that:
1. The Licensing and Standards Committee affirm the decision of the Board of Health on Item HL8.5 in its request that the Medical Officer of Health, in collaboration with the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, and in consultation with stakeholders, explore the feasibility of implementing a health-based maximum indoor temperature standard of 26°C for rental multi-unit residential buildings and report back to the Board of Health.
The Tenant Issues Committee, on February 24, 2016, considered Item TD2.1 from the Board of Health on Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings.
The Board of Health, on November 30, 2015, considered a report (November 16, 2015) from the Medical Officer of Health on the Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings.
The Board of Health, on November 30, 2015 among other things, forwarded the report (November 16, 2015) from the Medical Officer of Health on Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings to the Tenant Issues Committee.
|(February 24, 2016) Letter from the Tenant Issues Committee on Update on Extreme Heat and Maximum Indoor Temperature Standard for Multi-unit Residential Buildings
|Proposed Multi-Residential Rental Building Licence|
|(February 24, 2016) Letter from the Tenant Issues Committee|
The Tenant Issues Committee recommends to the Licensing and Standards Committee that:
1. City Council direct that current initiatives to create a licensing regime for owners of multi-unit residential buildings be termed "RentSafe", and that all future Staff Reports and City communications regarding this initiative use this term.
2. The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards be requested to report to the May 19, 2016 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on the regulatory changes required under the provincial Residential Tenancies Act to prohibit landlords with outstanding work orders, or those that are otherwise not in compliance with the forthcoming "RentSafe" by-law, to:
a. Apply for an Above the Guideline Rent Increase;
b. Apply for a Guideline Rent Increase;
c. Lease vacant unit; and
d. Other options.
3. The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards be requested to report to the May 19, 2016 meeting of the Licencing and Standards Committee on how the following might strengthen the Multi-Residential Apartment Building (MRAB) Audit and Enforcement Program:
a. the use of rent escrow accounts to deal with non-compliant landlords; and
b. the use of community organizations to help with Municipal Licensing and Standards' tenant education, communication and outreach.
The Tenant Issues Committee, on February 24, 2016, considered Item TD2.2 from the Director, Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Proposed Multi-Residential Rental Building Licence.
|(February 24, 2016) Letter from the Tenant Issues Committe on Proposed Multi-Residential Rental Building Licence
|(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Daryl Chong, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (LS.New.LS10.2.1)
|A New Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw to Regulate Toronto's Ground Transportation Industry|
|Public Notice Given|
|(March 31, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards|
The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, recommends that:
PART 1 – Create a Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw
PART 2 – Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Strategy
PART 3 – Proposed Changes to Taxicab Regulations
Taxicab Fares and Taxicab Brokers:
Taxicab Ownership and Licensing:
Taxicab Vehicles, Inspections, and Insurance:
i. is free from mechanical defects;
ii. is properly equipped as per the bylaw;
iii. has a clean exterior and interior;
iv. is in good repair as to its exterior and interior;
PART 4 – Proposed Changes to Limousine Regulations
Limousine Broker Regulations:
a. set and post rates for limousines;
b. post business contact information for the public;
c. only dispatch licensed limousines driven by individuals holding valid Vehicle-for-Hire driver’s licence;
d. keep records of every vehicle dispatched for 12 months, including:
i. Date and time of dispatch;
ii. Pick-up location and destination of every trip (by reference to closest intersection); and
iii. Name of limousine driver and owner.
e. provide ML&S a list of all drivers and owners who contract or are affiliated with the Limousine Broker, including the limousines' licence plate numbers, and file any changes with ML&S within 72 hours;
f. keep a record showing the total number of requests for service received;
g. provide records as described above to ML&S within 5 business days of request; and
h. define a Limousine Broker includes a "person" or multiple persons who, acting together, carry on the business of a limousine broker, despite the fact that no single one of those persons carries on the activity in its entirety, and such persons shall be subject to § 545-2A, and may be held jointly and severally responsible for each other's actions.
Limousine Vehicles, Inspection, and Insurance:
a. Limousine owners to file a valid Safety Standard Certificate issued by a Ministry of Transportation-licensed garage authorized to undertake such inspections upon application, and annually thereafter;
b. limousine drivers to carry the original or a copy of the most recent Safety Standards Certificate in the vehicle at all times; and
c. limousine drivers to produce the Safety Standards Certificate upon request of a Municipal Standards Officer or police officer.
PART 5 – Proposed Regulations for Private Transportation Companies (PTCs)
Private Transportation Company Licensing:
PTC Record Keeping:
f. be prohibited from imposing a mandatory arbitration clause on individuals accepting or making requests for service commencing in Toronto through the PTC or requiring the law of the Netherlands to be applied in relation to use of the PTC Platform in Toronto.
For trips involving more than one passenger/fare commenced or terminating within the City
vi. number of trips involving multiple passengers paying separate fares.
PTC Driver Requirements:
a. driver licence;
b. proof of applicable insurance; and
c. evidence of a trip in progress or the last completed trip.
PTC Vehicles, Inspections and Insurance:
a. PTC vehicle owner to file a valid Safety Standard Certificate issued by a Ministry of Transportation-licensed garage authorized to undertake such inspections upon application, and annually thereafter;
b. PTC drivers to carry the original or a copy of the most recent Safety Standards Certificate in the vehicle at all times; and
c. PTC drivers to produce the Safety Standards Certificate upon request of a Municipal Standards Officer or police officer.
80. City Council permit PTC to set rates for fares, and require them to:
a. clearly and transparently communicate the amount of all rates to be charged; and
b. ensure a record is maintained that the passenger accepted the rate prior to the trip commencing.
81. City Council require that before a trip commences, a PTC must provide passengers with the following information:
a. vehicle make and model;
b. PTC Driver first name;
c. PTC Driver's licence plate number; and
d. PTC Driver photo, upon request.
82. City Council require a PTC to provide a print or electronic receipt to the passenger at the conclusion of every trip. The receipt provided must include information on:
a. All rates, fees and/or surcharges charged for the trip;
b. Total amount paid;
c. Date and time of trip;
d. Location at which the passenger was picked up and location to which the passenger was driven;
e. Driver first name and provincial licence plate number; and
f. Total time and distance of trip.
PART 6 – Increased Penalties for Breaches of Licensing Requirements
PART 7 – Administrative Recommendations
PART 8 – Licensing Fees
a. Application fee: $290
b. Annual Renewal fee: $290
a. Application fee: $20,000 (non-refundable);
b. Provisional licence issuance fee of $10 per Driver: calculated based on the number of affiliated PTC Drivers at licence issuance;
c. Per trip fee: $0.20 per trip originating in Toronto, submitted weekly and commencing the date that the provisional licence is issued;
d. 3-month provisional licence fee of $10 per Driver: calculated based on average number of affiliated PTC Drivers in the preceding 3-month period, less the provisional licence issuance fee paid on date of provisional licence issuance; and
e. Licence renewal fee: calculated based on the number of affiliated PTC Drivers in the 3-month period prior to licence renewal.
100. City Council direct the Executive Director, ML&S to report through the 2017 budget process on full-year budget impacts of the proposed changes.
101. City Council direct that all provisions of the new Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw, including the amendments to licensing fees in Chapter 441, will come into effect on July 15, 2016 unless otherwise stated.
102. City Council request the Ministry of Finance to approve new flexible insurance products for the taxicab industry.
103. City Council request the Province of Ontario to make amendments to the Highway Traffic Act to strengthen enforcement powers and amend penalties in relation to municipal vehicle-for-hire bylaws, including the ability to:
This report outlines a series of recommendations that, taken together, form a new framework for equitable regulation within the vehicle-for-hire industry. This framework is founded on the City’s regulatory purpose and interests of public safety and consumer protection, and accelerates the City’s commitment to ensuring the availability of inclusive accessible service within the vehicle-for-hire market.
This framework will respond to the public’s request for choice in regulated transportation options and provide an opportunity for the City to shift from prescriptive regulation to an approach based on established standards, accountability and monitored compliance through audit and enforcement. It is anticipated that this approach will enable operational flexibility and provide industry participants with an equal opportunity to provide quality service in a competitive market, while maintaining the City’s municipal regulatory purpose.
There are currently more than 45,000 trips per day taken by the public in unregulated vehicles-for-hire. Appropriate regulation governing this industry is a critical public safety matter. The development of this new regulatory framework ensures that these vehicle-for-hire participants are regulated, as are taxicabs and limousines, balancing the City regulatory interests with existing industry practices.
This report proposes a reset of the City's approach to regulation, and in some cases adjusts the City's role as it relates to the direct delivery of service. The proposed framework aims to address public safety and consumer protection, while also providing an opportunity to: develop efficiencies, allow competition, reduce regulatory burden for taxicabs and limousines, and implement regulations for a new 'Private Transportation Company' (PTC) licence class, which would permit and regulate private vehicles to offer transportation services, such that UberX provides.
Current vehicle-for-hire regulations have a lengthy, complex, and complicated history. For decades, the City of Toronto and jurisdictions around the world have heavily regulated their taxicab industries and, to a lesser extent, their limousine industries. The Toronto taxicab industry, in particular, has been the subject of repeated reviews which have steadily increased the nature and extent of the regulatory involvement in the industry. One of the key contributors to this has been the restricted issuance of licences which has constrained the number of taxicabs permitted to operate, and has also prevented other transportation service providers from entering the market.
Despite numerous attempts by the City to address issues within the taxicab industry, including two comprehensive reforms in the past 18 years, many within the industry continue to identify issues of poor working conditions and the improper conduct of industry participants/middlemen. These previous regulatory reviews have been focused on regulations meant to address consumer complaints, unsafe driving practices, and fairness among industry participants.
One of the most reformative reviews of the Toronto taxi industry was the 1998 review, which created the Ambassador Taxicab licence, and made numerous amendments to the existing licence class (Standard Taxicabs) to move the industry toward an “owner-operator” model. This change was meant to enhance the quality of taxicab services by reducing the number of "middlemen" and limiting absentee licence owners.
Despite this reform and those resulting from the 2014 Taxicab Review, many taxicab drivers continue to indicate that they are not being fairly treated and further indicate that much of the profits within the industry are being shared amongst middlemen and owners who may not be directly involved in the business. This has a direct negative impact on the City’s objectives of promoting consumer protection and public safety to the extent that the existing financial structure undermines or does not incentivize behaviours that are consistent with the City’s goals.
Staff maintain the belief that owner operated vehicles-for-hire provide the most cost efficient operating model and in many cases, provide a better quality service. In this respect, a recommendation is being made to issue new incremental accessible taxicab licences (TTL) to taxicab drivers on the waiting list.
However, given the changed context of the vehicle-for-hire market and in the interests of providing an equitable level of regulation, staff are recommending the elimination of the owner-operator oriented regulations as they apply to taxicabs.
With the availability of more opportunities for vehicle-for-hire drivers and with increased competition amongst vehicle-for-hire industries, a mandated "owner-operated" taxicab industry model no longer achieves the intended regulatory efforts to protect consumers and ensure public safety. These changes will also recognize the manner in which many within the taxicab industry are already organized operationally and will provide additional flexibility to the industry.
This report proposes a new Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw that:
- regulates taxicabs, limousines, and companies such as Uber in an equitable manner;
- reduces regulatory burden, while maintaining requirements for public safety and consumer protection;
- builds on existing plans to secure accessible vehicle-for-hire services; and
- provides opportunities for competition and innovation.
Overview of Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw
The recommendations in this Report are aimed at creating a regulatory regime for taxicabs, limousines, and Private Transportation Companies (PTC) based on measures appropriate to balance consumer protection, public safety, and the economic wellbeing of the City. Key regulations are as follows:
Staff recommend that taxicabs continue to charge the current City regulated rate for all trips taken through street-hail or at cabstands. If a taxicab is booked through a Taxicab Broker, the rate may be discounted by the Taxicab Broker, subject to specific conditions designed to ensure transparency in the pricing. Limousine Brokers and PTCs will be permitted to set rates to be charged which may vary in different time periods, but passengers must accept the rate before the vehicle is dispatched.
Staff recommend a multi-pronged approach to ensure accessible vehicle-for-hire service. This approach proposes:
- increasing the number of accessible taxicabs to 25% of the taxicab fleet by issuing additional TTLs to drivers on the waiting list;
- waiving licence application and licence renewal fees for accessible taxicabs;
- waiving accessible training fees for licensed taxicab drivers and owners;
- requiring PTCs to deliver equitable accessible service; and
- reporting back on a strategy to collect money from all non-accessible vehicles-for-hire to incentivize the delivery of accessible taxicab service through mechanisms that offset the increased operating costs of accessible taxicabs.
3. Number of Vehicles-for-Hire
Staff recommend continuing to limit the number of taxicab licences issued. It is recommended that the City not impose a limit on the number of limousine licences or number of vehicles affiliated with a PTC.
4. Taxicab Licensing
Staff recommend reducing the regulatory burden on taxicabs by reducing the number of taxicab owner licence categories and eliminating certain current licensing requirements to increase flexibility. This approach proposes:
- removing mandatory minimum owner-operator hours for all taxicab owners;
- removing requirements for mandatory conversion of an Ambassador taxicab and Standard taxicab to a Toronto Taxicab upon sale of taxicab;
- permitting Ambassador taxicabs to be converted to Standard taxicabs upon renewal or sale; and
- removing taxicab ownership restrictions that prevent incorporation and ownership of multiple taxicabs.
At the same time, staff recommend the creation of a new licensing category “Taxicab Operator”, which will recognize and regulate the operations of lessees and fleets operating taxicabs to regulate and hold accountable the actual “operator” of the taxicab for such things as vehicle maintenance and records management of taxicabs under their control.
Staff recommend permitting any four-door vehicle less than 7 (seven) model years old for use as a taxicab, limousine, or PTC vehicle.
Taxicabs will continue to be subject to semi-annual, City-run mechanical inspections, and will be required to meet all existing vehicle quality standards. Limousines would no longer attend the City for semi-annual inspections, but would instead be required to submit an annual Safety Standards Certificate issued by a Ministry of Transportation licensed garage upon renewal. A PTC will be responsible for ensuring that all vehicles affiliated with it submit an annual Safety Standards Certificate issued by a Ministry of Transportation licensed garage upon application, and annually thereafter.
Recommendations seek to authorize enforcement staff to issue a notice and/or direct any vehicle-for-hire to undergo a mechanical safety inspection at their discretion.
Staff are requesting authority to undertake a review of options and the feasibility of transitioning taxicabs to an alternative inspection process, such as that being recommended for limousines and PTC vehicles.
Due to the independent and anonymous nature of street-hail and cabstand taxicab service, taxicabs continue to be the only vehicle-for-hire that is required to have a taximeter, a roof light, a camera, an emergency light, markings that identify it as a taxicab, and a Taxicab Bill of Rights. Staff are proposing to establish a Taxicab Vehicle Quality Standard, which will provide clarity and transparency to service providers, and address the public's interest in vehicle conditions.
Staff recommend harmonizing taxicab and limousine driver licences to create one “Vehicle-for-Hire Driver's Licence” that will permit drivers to operate taxicabs or limousines.
All persons wishing to operate as taxicab, limousine or PTC drivers would be required to meet the same criminal background and driver screening requirements, as established by the City.
The City would continue to collect and screen the applicants for taxicab and limousine drivers. A PTC would assume responsibility to collect and screen the applicants for PTC drivers, and be required to submit or make available on an ongoing basis, electronic records of permitted drivers, where the records of the PTC will be subject to audit from the City.
Staff recommend reducing the barrier to entry to become a licenced taxicab or limousine driver by eliminating the mandatory City-run training for all taxicab and limousine drivers and owners, with the exception of drivers of accessible for-hire vehicles.
All taxicab and limousine vehicles are currently required to carry a minimum of $2 million of collision and passenger hazard insurance. PTC vehicles will also be required to carry a minimum of $2 million of collision and passenger hazard insurance. In addition, PTCs will be required to carry $5 million of commercial general liability insurance.
Overarching Purpose of Recommended Changes
This report outlines the recommended changes to the existing legislation governing the taxicab and limousine industries, and recommends the development of regulation to govern new entrants being named Private Transportation Companies.
This review has provided the opportunity to refocus and reset the City’s approach to regulating the taxicab and limousine industries and to propose the regulation of PTCs, aiming to establish an equitable and appropriate level of regulation that balances the interests of diverse stakeholders. The proposed changes will remove constraints that have prevented the expansion of vehicle-for-hire services in the past, foster competitiveness, allow taxicabs and limousines to develop efficiencies, and reduce regulatory burdens.
This report outlines a proposed new vehicle-for-hire regulatory framework, which will require a shift in the roles and responsibilities needed to administer, regulate and enforce such a regulatory regime. This change will result in the repurposing of existing resources and an overall net increase of 10 FTE to the ML&S 2016 approved complement (5 permanent and 5 temporary full-time).
It is anticipated that an additional $1.316 million in annual expenditures will be required to implement this new regulatory framework.
-An additional $0.400 million in one-time start-up costs will also be required for investment in IT infrastructure needed for Private Transportation Companies record keeping.
Existing Taxicab and Limousine licensing fees will also be adjusted; and new licensing fees for PTC implemented, based on the full costing review of the new regulatory framework, as conducted by a third party consultant. All fee changes have been detailed in Attachment 4 to this report.
These fee changes as reflected in the table below will result in the following:
-Reduce fees and associated revenue collected from Taxicab and Limousine licensing;
-Implement a new fee to fully recover ML&S's administration and enforcements costs resulting from regulatory oversight of PTCs; and
-An overall increase in annual revenues of $1.316 million, which offsets increased annual costs associated with the proposed new vehicle-for-hire regulatory framework.
The impact of these fee changes are reflected in the table below:
*Budgeted Revenue includes the impact of the 2016 freeze to Taxicab Licensing ($222,000 revenue impact)
While the recommendation contained in this report are cost/revenue neutral on an annual basis, it is estimated that the timing of the proposed changes will result in a 2016 unfavourable variance of $580,000, plus and up to $400,000, in additional one-time start-up cost that will need to be managed through expenditure control.
-The potential 2016 variance primarily results from the reduction to Taxicab and Limousine fees retroactive to January 1st, 2016, while new fees applicable to PTCs cannot be implemented until Council approval of the new vehicle-for-hire regulatory framework, estimated to be July 1, 2016. Any delay in the implementation will increase the variance.
All costs and revenue assumptions are based on current volume estimates associated with the proposed framework. ML&S staff will monitor activity monthly and report quarterly throughout the year as part of variance reporting.
-The Executive Director of ML&S, will manage expenditures as required based on any variance identified through monthly monitoring.
-Any further adjustments to expenditures and/or revenues will be addressed as part of the 2017 Budget Process.
The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.
|(March 31, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on A New Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw to Regulate Toronto’s Ground Transportation Industry
Attachment 1 - Jurisdictional Scan of Canadian Municipalities
Attachment 2 - Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Screening Criteria
Attachment 3 - Amendments to Reduce Administrative Requirements Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545
Attachment 4 - Ground Transportation Review Fee Changes
Public Notice - Proposed amendments to Chapter 545, Licensing, Article VII, Taxicab Brokers, Chapter 545, Licensing, Article VIII, Owners and Drivers of Taxicabs, Chapter 545, Licensing, Article XXXIX, Owners and Drivers of Limousines and Limousine Service Companies and Chapter 441, Fees and Charges
|(April 6, 2016) E-mail from Tenzin Dorjee (LS.New.LS10.3.1)
(April 7, 2016) E-mail from Andrew Hwang (LS.New.LS10.3.2)
(April 7, 2016) E-mail from Peter Athanasopoulos, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (LS.New.LS10.3.3)
(April 8, 2016) E-mail from G. Turner to Councillor Mike Layton and copy to Licensing and Standards Committee (LS.New.LS10.3.4)
(April 8, 2016) E-mail from Wendy Pauling (LS.New.LS10.3.5)
(April 9, 2016) E-mail from Tom Bilski re-submitting his letter dated September 28, 2015 to Councillor Sarah Doucette and copy to Licensing and Standards Committee (LS.New.LS10.3.6)
(April 11, 2016) E-mail from Anil Saini (LS.New.LS10.3.7)
(April 12, 2016) Letter from Gerry Manley (LS.New.LS10.3.8)
(April 12, 2016) E-mail from D.F. Ayotte (LS.New.LS10.3.9)
(April 13, 2016) E-mail from Don Ayotte (LS.New.LS10.3.10)
(April 13, 2016) Letter from Mike Masserman, Senior Director, Federal and International Government Relations, Lyft (LS.New.LS10.3.11)
(April 14, 2016) Letter from Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, Toronto Atmospheric Fund (LS.New.LS10.3.12)
(April 13, 2016) E-mail from Tyrone D. Crawford, LL.B., submitted by Issa Elmi (LS.New.LS10.3.13)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Gail Souter, President, TTA; Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager, Beck Taxi; Sajid Mughal, President, iTaxi Workers; Sam Moini, President, Association of Fleet Taxi Operators of Toronto; Paul Sekhon, United Taxi Workers Association of GTA; Savi Sekhon, City Taxi; Peter Mandronis, President, Peter's Taxi Ltd. and Avonhill Limousine; Behrouz Khamseh, President, Taxi Action; and Mohammed Mirza, President, Bangladeshi Taxi Drivers' Association (LS.New.LS10.3.14)
(April 14, 2016) Letter from Councillor Jim Karygiannis (LS.New.LS10.3.15)
(April 14, 2016) Letter from Al Moore (LS.New.LS10.3.16)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Leonarda Omrin (LS.New.LS10.3.17)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Ratan Roy (LS.New.LS10.3.18)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Sandeep Bering (LS.New.LS10.3.19)
(April 13, 2016) E-mail from Jutta Treviranus (LS.New.LS10.3.20)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Philomena Comerford, President and CEO, Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP, submitted by Rita Smith, Executive Director, Toronto Taxi Alliance (LS.New.LS10.3.21)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Tim Maguire, President, Cupe Local 79, submitted by Casey Oraa, President's Secretary, CUPE Local 79 (LS.New.LS10.3.22)
(April 14, 2016) E-mail from Alan Waterhouse, Chairman and Professor Emeritus, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Toronto (LS.New.LS10.3.23)
(April 15, 2016) Letter from Chris Schafer, Uber Public Policy Manager - Canada (LS.New.LS10.3.24)
(April 12, 2016) Letter from Imran Chowdhury, Toronto Taxi Drivers Forum (LS.New.LS10.3.25)
(April 13, 2016) Letter from Tyrone D. Crawford, Tyrone D. Crawford LLB, submitted by Mohamed Barrie (LS.New.LS10.3.26)
(April 15, 2016) Submission from Hayley Steinhart (on file in the City Clerk's Office) (LS.New.LS10.3.27)
|2015 MRAB Annual Report - Enforcement of Stairwell Railings and Wall-Mounted Handrails|
|(April 7, 2016) Letter from Councillor Cesar Palacio|
1. The Licensing and Standards Committee direct that the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards include the following in formation in the 2015 MRAB Annual Report:
a. Between January 2013 and January 2014, how many work orders were issued for non-compliant stairwell railings, wall-mounted handrails and guardrails through MRAB audits? In how many of these cases were MLS Staff able to follow-up and ensure compliance?
b. After the City stopped issuing work orders, between January 2015 and January 2016, how many notices were issued for non-compliant stairwell railings, wall-mounted handrails and guardrails following MRAB audits? In how many of these cases have MLS Staff followed up and been able to ensure compliance?
Beginning in January of 2015, Toronto’s Multi-Residential Apartment Building (MRAB) Audit teams stopped issuing work orders for infractions around stairwell railings and wall-mounted handrails that do not comply with the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 629– Property Standards. MLS Staff now issue a letter notifying landlords of the infraction and suggest that they look into the matter.
As members of the Licensing and Standards Committee, it is our job to ensure that tenant safety is our number one priority. When it comes to the issue of tenant safety, there can be no compromise. I have been notified of concerns from tenant associations and first responders, such as the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association and the Toronto Paramedics' Association, who have expressed serious concerns over the lack of enforcement around non-compliant stairwell-railings and wall-mounted handrails.
In order to assess the effectiveness of the new process (issuing a notice of infraction, as opposed to issuing an order of compliance) I am requesting that Staff provide information in the Annual MRAB Report that includes the number of infractions that were followed-up with and resolved before and after the City stopped issuing work orders. My priority is ensuring that when an infraction is found, the City has a fair process that includes adequate follow-up and the enforcement of our by-laws and safety standards in a uniform manner.
|(April 7, 2016) Letter from Councillor Cesar Palacio on 2015 MRAB Annual Report - Enforcement of Stairwell Railings and Wall-mounted Handrails
|Right of Entry Article - Request for Review|
|(April 14, 2016) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow|
Councillor Josh Matlow recommends that:
1. The Licensing and Standards Committee direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with Legal Services, to review the Right-of-Entry Article in Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition and report back to Licensing and Standards Committee on its effectiveness, the cost of administration, and any concerns or improvements that should be made to this Article.
I am writing to request that the Committee consider the accompanying recommendations regarding the Right-of-Entry article in the Toronto Municipal Code.
|(April 14, 2016) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow on Right of Entry Article Review