The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working remotely. As a means to keep the public in the loop about the shutdowns, we'll be sharing information and status updates from around the industry on a regular basis.

In today's report: CaféTO program now supporting more than 600 restaurants city-wide, Fighting COVID on the home front – How habits away from trains and buses can impact fellow GO Transit riders, and more news from the COVID-19 front.

Construction in Toronto's Entertainment District, image by Forum contributor Jasonzed

Government notices and announcements: 

City of Toronto investing in affordable, supportive housing with restoration of Cabbagetown properties

CaféTO program now supporting more than 600 restaurants city-wide, registration to close on Friday

Enforcement of City of Toronto Residential On-Street Permit Parking program to resume August 14 at midnight

#ShopVaughanLocal continues

Vaughan to keep most City facilities closed until January 2021: Mayor Bevilacqua

Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Extended

Private sector/other notices and announcements:

Engel & Völkers Americas Mid-Year 2020 Canadian Luxury Real Estate Market Report

Large customer turnout for Niagara GO train kick-off weekend – But for safety’s sake, keep the face coverings in place

Fighting COVID on the home front – How habits away from trains and buses can impact fellow GO Transit riders

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board Releases Q2 Condominium Market Report

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board Releases Q2 Rental Market Report

Firm Capital Property Trust Provides Update on Rent Collections, Trust Unit Redemption, NCIB Activity and Trustee Purchases

Recovery still a long way off as small business sales struggle to reignite

Everyone from construction workers to brokers to real estate executives are encouraged to share tips on what work and events have stopped, what is proceeding, and how their businesses are being affected by the various shutdowns.