Toronto will extend patio season by allowing portable heaters

Hundreds of bars and restaurants will roll out heaters as part of the CafeTO program

The city of Toronto is taking steps in an attempt to extend patio season by allowing portable heaters on all outdoor patios, Mayor John Tory announced on Friday.

The move comes after the city initially rejected the idea to introduce heaters to its CafeTO program.

“I went up to the Danforth about a week ago and up there they were saying that these patios on the street… it is really going to extend the season for real if you allow us to put heaters there,” Tory told CP24 on Friday morning.

“We put the people to work and they came up with ways to do this safely, different models of heaters that can be used safely, guidelines for using them,” Tory continued.

“Now we can say I think to the vast, vast majority of these patios, if you wish to get these heaters you can use them, you can install them, and we’ll send people around to inspect them on a regular basis just to make sure everything is safe.”

The city says the CafeTO program currently supports more than 760 establishments across the city.

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