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City of Toronto failed to comply with its obligations under a binding settlement agreement

October 17, 2020

Court holds City failed to maintain physical distancing standards

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that the City of Toronto did not make best efforts to achieve compliance with physical distancing standards within the Toronto shelter system. It thus breached its obligations under a binding settlement agreement entered into several months ago. Read the background on the case here.

As a result, the City’s obligations under settlement agreement will remain in force. The City will be required to continue reporting its management of the capacity of the shelter system, according to the new (and more onerous) guidance provided by the Court. And the City will be required to obtain (and disclose) expert public health guidance about its interpretation of the requirements of physical distancing going forward.

Read the Court’s decision here.


Jessica Orkin, Geetha Philipupillai, Louis Century

Practice Areas

Public Interest Litigation