So far, I am glad the city has taken steps towards opening up street food menus offered byvendors. I have a feeling Toronto Bureaucrats are beginning to understand the Toronto as aworld class city can not lag behind other cities such as Portland Seattle, Miami, I would liketo point that the City of Portland,
has been celebrating its street food for years,thanks to a laissez-faire approach by the government and available space onprivately owned lots. With few zoning restrictions and much opportunity,Toronto could just do the very same , and it appears that on the report by theDirector of
licensing and standards is recommending that vendors be allowed to sell alarger variety of food items, provided they are approved by Toronto Public Health.
The Board of health met this past Monday
June 25, 2012 , a report provides anupdate on the Toronto Food Strategy and an overview of current initiatives and provides along list of community engagement with residents, community organizations and City staffon food systems issues.
The report states that Staff will continue to work with partners toaccess external project-specific funding. The Medical Officer of Health will report back tothe Board of Health annually on the progress of the Food Strategy.
The review by the Executive Director of Licensing and Standars, concluded thatmodifications to the existing regulatory framework for hot dog carts and mobile food trucksshould be investigated if the City wished to pursue its objective of introducing more diversestreet food. A working group was struck in 2011, As such the working group made thefollowing recommendations so far to reach the goal of diverse street food in Toronto1. Review of Expanded Menus for Food Carts; and2. Development of a Street Food Vending culture which is subject to existing by-lawcompliance requirements.It is important to note that the Working Group describes The A La Cart program to beexpensive and impractical for many new or existing entrepreneurs.
TORONTO FOOD COUNCIL
The Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) connects diverse people from the food, farming andcommunity sector to develop innovative policies and projects that support a health-focused foodsystem. The TFPC provides a forum for action across the food system.TFPC members identifyemerging food issues that will impact Torontonians, promote food system innovation, andfacilitate food policy development. Toronto has a long history as a leader of initiatives thatensure access to healthy, affordable, sufficient and culturally acceptable food.