Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow’s letter to the TCDSB regarding establishing appropriate room temperatures in schools

August 16th, 2012


Bruce Rodrigues

Director of Education

Toronto Catholic District School Board

80 Sheppard Avenue East

North York, ON

M2N 6E8


Dear Mr. Rodrigues,


As you may have heard, I recently put a motion before City Council related to the issue of establishing appropriate room temperatures in rental apartment buildings.


Currently, the Municipal Code states that landlords must turn on the heating in their units from September 15th to June 1st in an effort to maintain an average room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. Due to recent changes in climate and seasonal temperatures, it has become increasingly obvious that enforcing temperature by date rather than by external temperature is neither efficient nor effective. Unseasonably warm temperatures throughout spring often result in uncomfortably hot units, as well as pose health risks to elderly tenants and those with medical conditions.


It is for these reasons that I presented the motion to Council earlier this month. The motion would allow for changes to the Municipal Code that would accurately reflect the climatic reality of the city, and the fact that it passed near unanimously demonstrates Council’s recognition of the importance of such a change in City policy.


In addition to the widespread support we’ve received from residents backing the motion, there have also been multiple suggestions that this policy should be extended to schools. I am therefore writing to you on their behalf to gain your perspective on whether such a change should be put into effect in TCDSB schools.


Thank you very much for taking the time to consider the question residents have raised. I look forward to hearing from you soon.




Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul’s


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