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July 5, 2016 – Venezuelan Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Venezuelan community on the occasion of Venezuelan Independence Day.

On July 5, 1811, seven of the ten provinces belonging to the Captaincy General of Venezuela adopted The Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, thus breaking away from the Spanish Crown.  The territory became known as The American Confederacy of Venezuela and marked the birth of the first independent nation in South America.  

June 30, 2016 – Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Congolese community on the occasion of Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On June 30, 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) achieved independence from Belgian rule.  Today, independence observances are taking place in a somber atmosphere as the country struggles to gain stability amid escalating armed conflict.

On the eve of independence, The Democratic Republic of Congo, a territory larger than Western Europe, bordering on nine other African colonies/states, was seriously underdeveloped. There were no African army officers, only three African managers in the entire civil service, and only 30 university graduates. Yet Western investments in Congo’s mineral resources (copper, gold, tin, cobalt, diamonds, manganese, zinc) were colossal.

Canada established formal diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo 1965.  Since 1999, Canada has sent peacekeepers to the DRC and contributed millions of dollars in aid.

Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. Toronto’s diverse communities share and celebrate their cultures and traditions with residents in every corner of our city.

As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.


July 1, 2016 Canada Day Celebration

Friday, July 1, 2016 

Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with a fun-filled evening of live music and dance performances, family activities and a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music.


Canada Day Schedule:

5 to 8 pm Free face painting by the Picasso Painters 
5, 6 & 7:30 pm Turbo Street Funk 
With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combines Top 40 hits with top-notch originals, making them a sensation with Toronto audiences.
5:15, 6:15 & 7 pm Circus act by Illuminair Entertainment 
Illuminair Entertainment is a circus performance troupe based in Toronto comprised of the city’s most acclaimed, internationally-travelled and in-demand performing artists.
5:30, 6:30 & 7:15 pm Hoop performance by Lisa Odjig
Lisa is Odawa/ Ojibwe/ Pottawatomi Nations from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. A two-time world champion hoop dancer, Lisa has won six additional hoop dance championship titles throughout Canada and the United States.
8:15 pm The Soul Motivators 
This nine-piece deep funk band are veterans of Toronto’s underground funk scene, offering a unique blend of funk, soul, hip-hop breaks and psychedelic beats.
9:15 pm Emmanuel Jal 
Born in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan and forced into the life of a child soldier, Jal has received worldwide recognition for his unique style of hip hop that portrays messages of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences.
10:15 pm Fireworks Finale 

July 1, 2016 – Canada Day

Today, we celebrate Canada Day – Canada’s 149th Birthday.  Canadians, across the land and overseas, will join together in July 1st festivities.

Whether they gather on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s harbour, for the pre-dawn flag raising ceremony; witness the noontime 21 gun salute and fly past on Parliament Hill; march in parades; attend concerts and BBQs; watch fireworks; are sworn in as Canadian citizens at special sessions of Citizenship Court; or, celebrate Canada Day abroad – July 1st is an important day for all Canadians.

June 19, 2016 – Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day to honour not only our fathers, but all the men who have been a father-figure in our lives – brothers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, friends or ‘Big Brothers’.

The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to 1908.  Over the last century, we have paid tribute to fathers and thanked them for their guidance, wisdom, unconditional love and support that have helped shape our lives.

Building Permits

Building Permit 2014.jpgAbout Building Permits

A building permit is your formal permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.

As part of the building permit process, Toronto Building staff must review your plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code, local Zoning Bylaws, and other Applicable Law.

Building permits regulate the type of construction allowed in a community and ensure that minimum building standards are met. The permit process protects the owner’s interests, the community, and helps to ensure that any new construction is appropriate and safe.

For more information please check the City of Toronto Website please click here