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The Toronto Official Plan encourages the inclusion of public art in all significant private sector developments across the City. City Planning works with the private sector to secure public art contributions through development review, Official Plan amendments and re-zonings.


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 privately-owned art is intended to make buildings and open spaces more attractive and interesting and to improve the quality of the public realm. The Program requires that the artwork must be clearly visible at all times from publicly accessible areas. Alternatively, City Planning may seek public art contributions to be directed to City-owned public lands. 

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Percent for Public Art Program Inventory Map

Please use the zoom-in and zoom-out tool or the mouse wheel to locate Public Art from Toronto City Planning's Percent for Public Art Program. As new Public Art is built, locations will be added to the map. 

Note: Locations are approximate.
LEGEND:  Existing Public Art     Under Construction

ExpandToronto's Public Art Commission

The Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC) is a panel of citizen volunteers that serves as an informed peer review group to advise City Planning on public art projects and policies.

To learn more about the Program and the role of TPAC, refer to the City Council approved (August, 2010) Percent for Public Art Program Guidelines(PDF).

For more information about TPAC and future application calls, please contact:

Lara Tarlo
Urban Design
City Planning
Tel: 416-338-1132
E-mail: Lara.Tarlo@toronto.ca

 

ExpandToronto Public Art Commission (TPAC) Schedule of Meetings

The Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC) Schedule of meetings

TPAC ** Agenda Closing (noon)
TPAC Meeting (5:30 p.m.)
December 14, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 1, 2017
February 22, 2017

March 8, 2017

March 29, 2017 CANCELLED
April 19, 2017
May 10, 2017
May 24, 2017
June 14, 2017
June 21, 2017
July 12, 2017
September 6, 2017
September 27, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 1, 2017
November 15, 2017
December 6, 2017


**The deadline and submission of a draft Public Art Plan assumes that:

preliminary meeting(s) with Community Planning and Urban Design staff have already occurred
if requested by staff, the submission of a first draft Public Art Plan may be required earlier than the agenda closing
2017 Holidays that may affect deadline schedules:

Family Day – February 20
Good Friday and Easter Monday – April 14 & 17
Victoria Day – May 22
Canada Day – July 1
Simcoe Day – August 7
Labour Day – September 4
Thanksgiving – October 9

ExpandPercent for Public Art Guidelines

The Percent for Public Art Urban Design Guidelines Cover

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.

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.

Download a copy for Public Art Program Guidelines



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

1. '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.


2. '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.


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.


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