Councillor Josh Matlow

Renewing a Call to Preserve Little Jamaica

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the traffic congestion, noise, lack of parking and mess caused by the LRT construction, small businesses along Eglinton continue to be faced with daily challenges.

However, many of the Black-owned businesses on Eglinton West have been fighting a battle for years against the potential loss of the character, identity and story of Little Jamaica, and for the very survival of their businesses.

Little Jamaica is a unique and important part of our city with a rich history. I want it to have a bright future.

As your local representative, I’m actively working with local community groups, the business community, and City Staff from City Planning, Heritage Preservation Services, Transportation Services, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, Transportation, Social Development and Economic Development to create a planning framework for the district, develop public realm improvement opportunities in the form of art, street names and other initiatives with a focus on preserving the area’s character and history, and importantly, working closely with Economic Development Staff to determine how best to support Black-owned businesses, and all others, to remain open and be successful.

Please see this Toronto Star article here. More updates to come soon!

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