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Toronto considers easing food truck regulations

Posted by Derek Flack / January 15, 2014

Toronto food trucksFollowing on the heels of a pilot project in which Toronto food trucks enjoyed slightly less strict regulations, the city is soliciting public input on how best to mange the burgeoning industry. As part of a public consultation process that began last night at city hall, some of the ideas being floated for a new food truck by-law were revealed by municipal licensing and standards. While any new strategies will have to be approved by city council, it would appear that there's reason to be cautiously optimistic for food truck fans.

As part of a new harmonized by-law that handles street food operations, the city appears keen to allow food trucks to operate for longer periods in a given location, grant them access to public property likes parks, and to make it easier to acquire a permit in the first place. Regulations related to the distance from restaurants that street vendors must maintain are also likely to be rewritten (at present food trucks must stay at least 25 metres away from restaurants that are deemed to sell similar foods).

The role that BIAs play in how permits are issued is also up for discussion, as that's proved a stumbling block in the past. The next public consultation is Monday, after which a staff report will go before the licensing and standards committee in the spring. What would you like to see happen for Toronto food trucks? Share your ideas in the comments.



Andrew / January 15, 2014 at 01:29 pm
A number of cities across N. America (Seattle, Calgary, Vancouver) make this work. Just follow by example. Why does Toronto make things so difficult?
tofoodie / January 15, 2014 at 02:43 pm
Not a good idea they are dirty and way overpriced. Our streets are busy enough without a food truck blocking lanes. Ate at one in the summer at distilery was so sick
2little2late / January 15, 2014 at 03:06 pm
This city is so embarrassing. "Let's regulate the shit out of everything, unless it's a gourmet burger store or a new condominium."
Welshgrrl / January 15, 2014 at 03:07 pm
I got violent food poisoning at a restaurant once - let's get them out of our neighbourhoods! Too many in this city anyway.

GDot / January 15, 2014 at 03:08 pm

@tofoodie, ate at scaramouche this summer and went home sick as a dog - it can happen. Disagree that food trucks are overpriced or dirty. Dude (or Dudette) you realize that the city licenses hot dog vending carts and french fries trucks right? Toronto is the last bastion of boring street food, bring on said food trucks!
chester / January 15, 2014 at 03:31 pm
I love the emerging food truck scene in the city. I have two problems, the city tries to babysit the businesses and secondly the food trucks now aren't very good. They make food that really doesn't convert to the street very well. Either bad packaging that losses heat to quickly or something not convenient to eat standing up. They really need to think through proper items for their demographic.
raccoonw/bread / January 15, 2014 at 04:37 pm
As a person that has worked in a restraurant, now in a hospital and has had food poisoning; I can tell you that you can get sick anywhere. I probably didn't get sick from my food-court meal but likely from touching my face at sometime during the subway ride.

Every surface (especially the subway) is covered with dangerous bacteria and once and in a while you touch your face just right and bam! Gastroenteritis.
westerly fred / January 15, 2014 at 09:00 pm
who even cares? Food trucks are WAY overpriced- cheaper, easier, healthier and tastier just to eat in a restaurant. / January 16, 2014 at 01:48 pm
As previously mentioned, it's very embarrassing that Toronto seems to find this so difficult.
Meal Worm / January 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm
My parents think food trucks are so cool. Once they lined up for over an hour for some 15 dollar taco that was supposed the "best". LOL. How is lining forever for really expensive fast food cool? I don't get it. My parents aren't cool, seriously.
Sam and Ella / January 17, 2014 at 07:36 pm
We will visit.
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