Ultimately, Canada Day celebrations will be conducted at Nathan Phillips Square. After a meeting between Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie and municipal staff, the city confirmed on Wednesday that the decision to cancel July 1 celebrations in the downtown square has been reversed.
Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie said in a statement that there will be dozens of Canada Day celebrations throughout the city on July 1, including in Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square.
“I would like to thank the City Manager for taking prompt action to ensure that we celebrate Canada Day and continue to encourage Toronto residents to congregate and enjoy themselves.”
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Although Toronto has not celebrated Canada Day in Nathan Phillips Square since 2017, the city had begun preparations for a prospective event this year, including recruiting volunteers and providing information.
Tuesday, the city announced that, due to insufficient resources, it has decided not to move forward with its plan.
“Officials agreed to reconsider their decision and proceed with Canada Day celebrations in the Square, Canada Day celebrations in Mel Lastman Square, and numerous other Canada Day events,” the city said in a statement on Wednesday.
Other activities taking place in the city on July 1 include the pyrotechnics display at Ashbridge’s Bay and the week leading up to Canada Day.
Staff will work to utilise existing budgets and leverage community partnerships, as well as “continue discussions with our Government of Canada partners regarding additional federal funding for Canada Day celebrations,” according to the city.
More information regarding the festivities will be released in the coming weeks, according to the city.