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Indoor Temperature Standards Review

The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of the bylaws governing indoor temperature standards. Learn more below.

About the review

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Overview

The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of the bylaws governing indoor temperature standards.

Chapter 497, Heating requires that landlords provide heat and maintain a minimum temperature of 21°C between September 15th and June 1st of the following year.

Chapter 629, Property Standards requires that where air conditioning systems are provided, they shall be operated from June 2nd to September 14th to maintain a maximum temperature of 26°C. This bylaw also requires that heating and cooling systems be kept in good repair.

The goal of the review is to consider any changes that may be needed to ensure these bylaws achieve their intended purpose and are easy for tenants and landlords and property managers to understand. The review also seeks input on the feasibility and necessity of a maximum indoor temperature standard for all apartments. The review includes research, analysis and consultations with stakeholders and the public.

Decisions

Provincial legislation and City of Toronto bylaws that govern indoor temperature standards include:

 

Decisions

A list of related legislative decisions:

Phases of the Review

The review is being undertaken in three overlapping phases:

Phase 1: Research and Analysis

March to April 2015

Staff conducted research into the City's
existing bylaws, the heating and property standards bylaws of other
municipalities, weather data, and public complaints. Summaries of relevant
complaints data, weather data, and the jurisdictional scan are posted 
here.

Phase 2: Stakeholder and Public Consultations

March to August 2015

Staff held a Municipal Roundtable with Toronto Public Health on Extreme Heat in Multi-unit Residential Buildings on March 27, 2015. Staff heard from interested stakeholders on strategies to reduce the risk from extreme heat in apartments. 

Staff held public consultations at North York Civic Centre on May 13, 2015 and City Hall on May 20, 2015 to seek input on:

  • potential amendments to remove the date range in Chapter 497, Heating;
  • potential amendments to remove the date range in Chapter 629, Property Standards (Section 629-38.F.);
  • the necessity and feasibility of a maximum indoor temperature standard;
  • cooling rooms, access to cool spaces, and other cooling options; and
  • any other indoor temperature standards concerns. 

 

Due to the low turnout at the public consultations, staff will post an online survey in summer 2015 to collect more public input.

In addition to the survey, staff will continue to accept input through emails to acampbe8@toronto.ca, voice messages left at 416-392-8765, and written submissions throughout summer 2015. View other Municipal Licensing & Standards information sessions and consultations in the ML&S Consultation Calendar.

Phase 3: Reporting Back

Staff presented their findings to date at the June 18, 2015 Tenant Issues Committee meeting.

Based on feedback from Tenant Issues Committee, public and stakeholder consultation and research, staff will prepare a final report with recommendations.