Councillor Josh Matlow

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

July 27th, 2012


Dr. Chris Spence
Director of Education
Toronto District School Board
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 5N8


Dear Dr. Spence,


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 TDSB 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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