City bringing in more cleaning crews and police patrols to Yonge-Dundas Square

Mayor John Tory wants to clean up the Yonge and Dundas area to be more inviting for the holidays.

Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police, along with the city's transportation, solid waste and shelter services divisions are stepping up their efforts to keep the area safe.

Tory made the announcement Saturday saying "we really do have all hands on deck.  There will be significantly increased street and laneway cleaning in this area. There will be increased outreach to vulnerable populations to try to get them the help that they need, and there will be increased foot patrols by Toronto police to try to help ensure community safety."

Tory said extra police foot patrols and cleaning start Saturday and continue through December.

The decision for the clean-up came after the Mayor met with representatives from the downtown Yonge BIA and Ryerson University who told him about their concerns.

"We want this area to be thriving and dynamic and welcoming," Tory said.  "This is home to thousands of people, it's a place where thousands of students go to school, it's a place where many, many businesses and their employees do there work everyday." 

"Of course it a place where many people visit, especially at this time of year when people are out doing Christmas and holiday shopping.  I want everybody to have a good experience in downtown Toronto."

When asked about paying for the project Tory said it may have a "modest" impact on the city's budget, but he said, "What we are really doing is trying to deploy existing resources more effectively and to concentrate on an area of town that’s an area that a lot of people visit at this time of year and see what the results are from that."

With files from CP24