June 3, 2020 – Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Toronto’s street food vendors and food trucks are an integral part of our city’s vibrant food scene. I’m thrilled that they can now safely resume operations and continue to grow their businesses while providing more choice and convenience to Torontonians.” – Mayor John Tory
Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.
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