Events Cancelled Until June 30

All Toronto-led events, festivals, conferences and cultural programmes

In compliance with Dr. Eileen de Villa’s (Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health) guidelines on social and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto mayor John Tory announced a city-wide decision to cancel all city-led events until June 30 this year.

The measure includes events organized by “external groups at civic centres, squares, parks, public spaces including road closures, City-operated museums, and cultural centres, and all of those permits will be cancelled through June 30”, said Mayor Tory at a press conference held earlier today.

Mayor Tory acknowledged the importance of festivals and special events as a major contribution to the “livability and vitality of the city”, but stressed utmost importance on the health and safety of Toronto residents as the primary concern.

According to an official news release, all mass events and meetings are cancelled until June 30. This includes:

  • City-led major mass participation events, festivals, conferences and cultural programs
  • Permits for major mass participation events organized by external groups at civic centres and squares, parks, public spaces (including road closures), City-operated museums and cultural centres

The end date for the cancellation period will be reviewed every two weeks and may be extended.

The City is committed to working with event organizers to mitigate the impacts of these cancellations and to determine potential future dates once the public health crisis is contained and economic recovery efforts are underway.

Event Permits

No new permits will be issued until there is further direction on mass gatherings from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

Event organizers are encouraged to contact the relevant permitting bodies at the City or Toronto Police Service officers/liaisons they have been working with. Alternatively, event organizers can contact the City at [email protected].

Flag Raisings

All flag raising ceremonies at civic buildings and issuing of ceremonial documents will be suspended.

Toronto Sign

The Toronto Sign will remain blue in support of frontline healthcare workers and all City of Toronto workers fighting COVID-19. During commemorative lightings the sign will alternate between the two colours. Lighting requests can be submitted by email to [email protected].


All study tours will be cancelled and the issuing of ceremonial documents, including proclamations, congratulatory scrolls and letters of greeting.

These cancellations align with Ontario province’s state of Emergency, declared on March 17 by premier Doug Ford, which prohibits any organized public events of over 5 people.

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