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Toronto food and ice cream trucks resume operations just in time for summer


TORONTO, ON., June 3, 2020 — Food truck lovers and ice cream truck chasers can rejoice as today, Mayor John Tory announced that Toronto street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks can resume operations just in time for this year’s summer vending season.

Street food vending and food trucks allow for a broad range of food in Toronto that is safe, healthy, affordable and culturally diverse.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health strongly stipulate that for everyone’s safety, all operators must adhere to physical distancing requirements for the public and provide proper health and safety measures for their staff.

“Toronto’s street food vendors and food trucks are an integral part of our city’s vibrant food scene,” said Mayor John Tory. “I’m thrilled that they can now safely resume operations and continue to grow their businesses while providing more choice and convenience to Torontonians.”

Street food distancing rules apply

Residents visiting street food vendors, food or ice cream trucks should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others while waiting in line. Food is for take away and can be enjoyed at home or in the park.

There are currently 177 non-motorized food carts and 325 motorized refreshment vehicles, including 75 hot dog carts licensed by the City.

All street food vendors who wish to operate on public or private property require a valid business licence. Vendors who wish to operate on city streets or sidewalks or in City parks also require a vending permit. Under the current Street Vending Bylaw street food and ice cream vendors must hold a permit under Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 740, Street Vending. All licence and permit-holders can renew or obtain new licences with Municipal Licensing & Standards by contacting mlsapplication@toronto.ca.

More information for street food vendors, food truck and ice cream truck operators can be found on the City’s Food Trucks, Food Carts & Ice Cream Trucks page. Operators are also encouraged to review the Toronto Public Health Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Guidance for Mobile Food Premises .

All operators are subject to regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and the health inspection regime in addition to the City’s licensing requirements.

The City of Toronto’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting 311 or the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600.

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