Urban Design

Percent For Public Art Program

Toronto Official Plan supports public art in all significant private sector developments across the City. The Percent for Public Art Program recommends that a minimum of one percent of the gross construction cost of each significant development be contributed to public art.

"Shift", Carl Tacon - 
One St. Thomas Condominium

Canoe Landing Park Douglas Coupland - City Place

City Planning (community planners and urban designers) administers this program and works with the private sector to secure public art contributions through development review, Official Plan amendments and re-zonings.

Refer to the City Council approved (August, 2010) Percent for Public Art Program Guidelines  (8 MB) for more information.

The governing principle for the Percent for Public Art Program is that art is a public benefit to be enjoyed and experienced by residents and visitors throughout the city. The Program requires that the artwork must be clearly visible at all times from publicly accessible areas.

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When making a percent for public art contribution, a developer has three options:

"Mitosis", Pierre Poussin - City Place

1. 'On-site' () - the contribution is used by the developer to commission a public artwork located on or immediately adjacent to the development property. In some cases, the developer commissions art as part of the design for an open space or a park that will later become a City-owned amenity.

2. 'Off-site' () - the contribution is collected by the City in a Public Art Reserve Fund and used with other similar contributions to commission public art for a City-initiative in the local ward. When public art is commissioned by the City, the process is administered by Toronto Culture.

3. 'On-site' and 'Off-site' - any combination of the above two options.

When the public art program is 'On-site' a City Council approved Public Art Plan 
() is required. With the assistance of City Planning staff and the Toronto Public Art Commission - a citizen advisory group, the Public Art Plan ensures that the developer identifies appropriate public art opportunities on the site; a feasible budget and project schedule; and a fair and professional method for art/artist selection.

"Flow Blue", Marlene Hilton Moore - The Met Condominium "Alberi di Murano", Barbara Astman - The Murano Condominium

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