A LOT OF QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED BEFORE MAX TEMP BYLAW GOES INTO EFFECT IN TORONTO: CITY SPOKESPERSON

Jun 18, 2024

By Jane Brown

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During this heat warning, members of a coalition of tenant and environmental groups are calling on the City of Toronto to pass a bylaw on maximum temperatures in apartments.

They are pushing for landlords to be required to ensure units can be kept cool when temperatures become dangerously hot, just like they must offer heat when it’s cold.

Toronto city staff are studying a maximum heat requirement and other measures to mitigate extreme heat impacts in apartments with their findings expected to be presented later this year.

Laura McQuillan is a senior communications advisor with the City of Toronto.

She told The Morning Zoom with Sam and Jane, there are many questions around implementation of a maximum heat bylaw.

“What are the options that they need to look at, who would fund things like that? Would it be landlords? Would there be funding for retrofits?,” McQuillan mused, “So looking at all of those different things at the moment because we’re so cognizant of these older apartment buildings. There are multi-residential apartment buildings, especially ones with tenants rather than owners in them, may not have air con in them. They might have a window unit, they might not.”

If a maximum temperature bylaw comes into effect in Toronto, it would be the first of its kind in Canada.

Some local governments in the United States already have maximum heat and air conditioning requirements.

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