Yonge-Dundas Square is a one-acre outdoor public space designed as a focal point for Toronto's downtown area which contributes to the cultural vitality of the community. The square features entertainment and events that appeal to local businesses, residents and visitors.
The Board of Management for Yonge-Dundas Square was established in 2001, and is the first public-private partnership in Canada to operate a public square.
A Council-approved Relationship Framework sets out City Council's delegation of authority, expectations and requirements for the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.
The board manages the Yonge-Dundas Square as a business venture in partnership with the City of Toronto, and the local business and residential communities, including the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.
The Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management manages, operates, controls and maintains the activities of the facility on behalf of City Council as an outdoor public space.
Its objectives include the:
- creation of a unique focal point in the downtown core to promote economic development activities and contribute to the cultural vitality of the community
- provision of a balance of commercial and community programming which will appeal to local business and residents, and also provide city-wide attractions to Torontonians and visitors alike
- promotion of a high quality of life in a safe, secure and liveable downtown
Board Size and Composition
The Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management consists of 15 members composed of:
- the Council Member for Ward 27, Toronto Centre – Rosedale;
- 5 citizen members;
- 2 members of the Downtown Yonge BIA nominated by the BIA;
- 1 member nominated by Ryerson University;
- 1 member nominated by a local resident’s association;
- 1 member nominated by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall;
- 1 employee of the Toronto Parking Authority (ex-officio, no voting rights);
- 1 employee of the Toronto Police Service (ex-officio, no voting rights); and
- 2 City Staff (ex-officio, no voting rights).
Chair and Vice-Chair
City Council elects the chair of the Board of Management upon the recommendation of the Civic Appointments Committee. The Board elects a vice-chair from amongst its members.
Term of Office
The term of office for citizen members of the Board is four years from the date of appointment, generally coincident with the term of Council.
The term of office for Council Members of the Board is two years.
The board meets at least seven times a year at City Hall, or as determined by the board.