650 Parliament News and Updates

December 14, 2018 2 PM

HOW AND WHERE CAN I GET MY MAIL? - proof of residence

Many tenants have asked about mail delivery. This is under the control of Canada Post.

Your mail is now available for pick-up at 


663 Yonge Street

M4Y 2T0

Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Canada Post requires valid proof of residence. Details may be found on the Canada Post website at:

https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGpolicies-e.asp#1427722

December 12, 2018 1:30 PM

650 Parliament Resident Update

A representative of the building’s ownership and management met with residents at a community meeting organized by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on December 6th. Updates were provided on expected re-occupancy, the current tenant assistance program, and ongoing construction efforts at the building.


Residents attending the meeting were advised that:

  • All residents that have requested housing assistance from management during the dislocation have received accommodation in area hotels, with friends and family, or in temporary residences (furnished or unfurnished). Residents participating in this program have been advised of assistance package and terms of occupancy associated with their particular program.
  • Assistance packages will continue through the end of April.  Should there be any impacts to tenant assistance as of May 1st, 2019, updated information will be provided to residents in advance of this date.
  • Management will continue its efforts to relocate all tenants currently in hotel accommodations to suitable apartment suites (furnished/unfurnished) as they become available.
  • The damage to the building created by the fire and in the immediate aftermath has been catastrophic.  Among the significant damages sustained, the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety systems have been destroyed.  Smoke fire and water damage has been incurred throughout the building (in common areas and in resident suites). 
  • More than 100 construction workers are attending to the site daily and the necessary efforts to prepare the site for the reconstruction are ongoing.
  • Due to the scope of the repair work, re-occupancy of the building is not expected until June 2019, at the earliest.  
  • Construction activity in the building will not permit us to provide temporary tenant access/suites visits, at this time.
  • The Response Office will continue their determined efforts and hard work to ensure residents secure accommodation, assistance and support, and updated information while continuing to treat residents with respect and compassion. 


With the holidays upon us, the next resident update will be provided in early 2019.

December 7, 2018 12 PM

Holiday Response Office Hours

  • Monday (24th) Christmas Eve 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday (25th) Christmas Day CLOSED
  • Wednesday (26th) Boxing Day CLOSED
  • Thursday (27th) 12pm-5pm
  • Friday (28th) 12pm-5pm
  • Saturday (29th) 12pm-4pm
  • Sunday (30th) CLOSED
  • Monday (31st) 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday (1st) CLOSED
  • Wednesday (2nd) 10am-7pm
  • Thursday (3rd) 10am-7pm
  • Friday (4th) 10am-7pm
  • Saturday (5th) 12pm-4pm
  • Sunday (6th) CLOSED

November 23, 2018 9 AM

Your hotel accommodations have been secured and extended.

We are pleased to announce that your hotel accommodations have been secured and extended.


While an announcement was made earlier suggesting that 650 Parliament residents currently in area hotels would have to vacate their accommodations by November 30th, this announcement was premature.  It was issued out of a desire to keep tenants informed during this challenging period, and was issued at a point at which we were uncertain that necessary funding would be secured to continue this housing assistance.  Released out of an abundance of caution, and with best intentions, the announcement caused significant concern for affected residents and we have been working hard towards a different result.


Since the announcement, we have secured the funds necessary to continue to house residents in area hotels as they search for more permanent residence, as well as provide ongoing assistance for tenants residing in apartments, with friends and family, and in AirBnB’s.


Of course, although we are thrilled that your hotel accommodations will be extended, it’s important to understand that given the significant damage caused by the fire, a return home will likely not be possible for a minimum of six months. 


We understand that this prolonged dislocation and the challenges of temporary housing are difficult, however, we will continue to do our utmost to help you find alternative, permanent accommodation.


We will continue to provide information and assistance as needed through our Response Centre, and encourage you to reach out with any questions.  Staff at can be reached at 416-929-3532 Ext. 9 or at 650Parliament1@gmail.com.


The Management of 650 Parliament Street

November 15, 2018 6PM

To: 650 Parliament Street Tenants

Since the fire that damaged 650 Parliament Street on August 21, 2018, the owners have been providing assistance to displaced tenants. Three months have now passed. The owners have done their best to provide assistance to allow time for tenants to find other accommodations. Assistance has been provided to tenants who have found their own alternative accommodation in the GTA. Assistance will be continued to those who locate comparable accommodation, but the owners cannot continue the cost of providing hotel accommodation after November 30, 2018. For that reason, notice has been given that the owners will not fund hotel accommodation after November 30, 2018. 


If comparable unfurnished apartments are located, the owners will provide $5,000 for food, clothing and furniture. Those finding comparable furnished apartments will be assisted by the difference in the rent paid at 650 and what they are required to pay at those suitable comparable accommodations. 


The owners will continue to provide assistance after November 30, 2018. The Response Centre will remain open, as needed, to provide information and assistance. 


Yours very truly, 

The Management of 650 Parliament Street 

November 14, 2018 7 pm

To: 650 Parliament Street Tenants in Hotels.

We all experienced an emergency on August 21, 2018, when fire damaged 650 Parliament Street. As you know, as Management with the assistance of the City of Toronto and the Canadian Red Cross, we provided temporary emergency shelter in hotels for those who required time to find other accommodation. The hotel accommodation has continued to allow those who have been unable to find comparable accommodation in apartments elsewhere. 


We have done our best to provide assistance to allow you time to find other accommodations, and have helped with tenants who have found their own alternatives in the Greater Toronto Area. We will continue to provide assistance to those who locate comparable accommodations, but we cannot continue the cost of providing hotel accommodation after November 30, 2018. We are therefore giving you notice that we will not fund hotel accommodation after November 30, 2018. 


We have a waiting list for apartments in other buildings in Wellesley Parliament Square in St. Jamestown. Please continue to advise us by email at 650parliament1@gmail.com if you wish for this assistance. If you find other accommodation elsewhere, please advise us, so others will be able to accept this accommodation. The operation of the Response Centre will be curtailed shortly. Inquiries should be communicated by email, or by appointment, whenever required.


We have all been adversely affected by the events over the past three months, but we will continue to do our best to assist you where possible. 


Yours very truly, 

The Management 

November 12, 2018 10 AM

Wellesley Parliament Square Response Office Hours:

ADDRESS: 260 Wellesley Street East (at the back)

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

PHONE: 416-929-3532 Ext. 9 

October 29, 2018 11 am

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS STAYING IN HOTELS, UNFURNISHED OR FURNISHED ACCOMMODATIONS and RECEIVING ASSISTANCE. 


One of the biggest challenges since the fire at 650 Parliament has been helping our tenants find temporary housing, while at the same time, working to restore the building to a habitable state. We appreciate your patience and efforts in securing accommodations. 


REMINDER: Starting November 1, 2018, all 650 Parliament tenants staying in hotels, unfurnished or furnished units and receiving assistance, will be required to pay the same amount of monthly rent you were paying at your apartment toward your temporary accommodation. 


If you are staying with family or friends, you are excluded from having to pay rent to WPSQ.


If you are staying in hotels or Town Inn Suites and are receiving assistance from your insurance company, you are NOT required to pay rent to the 260 Management Office. Please contact your insurance company.


Those of you staying in hotel rooms should be aware that as of November 1, the room you are staying in may not be available. We will continue to support you to seek furnished or unfurnished apartments. If the hotel room is your last option for shelter and is available, we will use your monthly rent toward it and cover the difference. If you find comparable accommodation, the same holds true. 


Please come to the Response Office with proposals, as we are ready to discuss the options open to you. 


Your method of payment would be the same as you had been providing before the fire, by cheque made out to 650 Parliament Residence Inc. 


REMEMBER that your agreement for any short-term accommodations is only until January 31, 2019. (NOTE: that date may have to be extended depending on how the restoration goes). 


Again, thank you for your cooperation. We want our tenants to be as comfortable as possible until we can welcome you back home to 650 Parliament.

October 22, 2018 11 pm

TENANT RE-ENTRY TO RETRIEVE WINTER CLOTHING ENDS OCTOBER 28 AT 5 P.M.

As of today, tenants are able to get into your apartments at 650 Parliament to retrieve cold-weather clothing and possibly other small items you still need. 


You can do so from TODAY through Sunday October, 28th

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Come to the building entrance at 650 Parliament to sign a waiver and verify your Identity as a tenant PHOTO ID REQUIRED. You can make as many trips as you feel necessary, but as before, the waiver covers only one day, so a new one has to be signed every time you enter. 


REMINDER:

You will also be required to follow the safety guidelines posted previously. 

October 16, 2018 7 pm

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS

  

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS STAYING IN HOTELS, UNFURNISHED OR FURNISHED ACCOMMODATIONS and RECEIVING ASSISTANCE.


One of the biggest challenges since the fire at 650 Parliament has been helping our tenants find temporary housing, while at the same time, working to restore the building to a habitable state. We appreciate your patience and efforts in securing accommodations.


Starting November 1, 2018, all 650 Parliament tenants staying in hotels, unfurnished or furnished units and receiving assistance, will be required to pay the same amount of monthly rent you were paying at your apartment toward your temporary accommodation.


Those of you staying in hotel rooms should be aware that as of November 1, the room you are staying in may not be available. We will continue to support you to seek furnished or unfurnished apartments. If the hotel room is your last option for shelter and is available, we will use your monthly rent toward it and cover the difference. If you find comparable accommodation, the same holds true.


Please come to the Response Office with proposals, as we are ready to discuss the options open to you.


Your method of payment would be the same as you had been providing before the fire, by cheque made out to 650 Parliament Residence Inc.


REMEMBER that your agreement for any short-term accommodations is only until January 31, 2019. (NOTE: that date may have to be extended depending on how the restoration goes).


Again, thank you for your cooperation. We want our tenants to be as comfortable as possible until we can welcome you back home to 650 Parliament.

October 16, 2018 7 pm

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS CHOOSING TO NOT USE THEIR RENTERS INSURANCE

The leases require tenants to have insurance. Recently, some tenants have refused to provide a copy of their insurance policy, or insisted that they would not make claims on the policy for various reasons. 


Going forward, tenants who refuse to cooperate and provide a copy of their policy and make claims will be refused financial assistance by the landlord. Tenants were required by their lease to have insurance. Evidence of insurance was not demanded during the emergency immediately after the fire. Many persons were provided assistance by the Red Cross and the City of Toronto, during which time evidence of insurance was not requested. The landlords’ focus was on providing shelter to all those who requested and required assistance. 


However, evidence of insurance and claims on the policies will now be required. Insurance was a requirement of the lease for the protection of everyone affected by the fire.


As of today, the tenants who refuse to co-operate, this is your 7 days’ notice that financial assistance will no longer be provided in whatever circumstance you are in.


Again, thank you for your cooperation. We want our tenants to be as comfortable as possible until we can welcome you back home to 650 Parliament.

October 12, 2018 5 pm

TENANT RE-ENTRY TO RETRIEVE WINTER CLOTHING

With winter just around the corner, we understand that you are anxious to get into your apartment at 650 Parliament to retrieve cold-weather clothing and possibly other small items you still need. We have made arrangements for you to do so during the following dates and times:


Monday October, 22nd – Sunday October, 28th

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The process will be similar to last time. Come to the building entrance at 650 Parliament to sign a waiver and verify your Identity as a tenant PHOTO ID REQUIRED. You can make as many trips as you feel necessary, but as before, the waiver covers only one day, so a new one has to be signed every time you enter. 


You will also be required to follow the safety guidelines outlined below. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOUR VISIT.


Entry Protocol Development for Fire Restoration 

Tenant Access 

650 Parliament Street 

Toronto Ontario 


All tenants before entry must follow the correct protocol: 

1. Each visitor must have the proper personal protective equipment before entering the building and must be kept on at all times inside the building under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for Construction Projects section 20. Required PPE: 

     A. Headwear shall be a hard hat 

     B. Respiratory protection shall be a face mask that is fit tested by a certified certificate holder and has no medical limitations involving the proper use of a respirator 

     C. Footwear that is capable of 125 joules impact and capable of resisting penetration load of 1.2 kilonewtons 

     D. Eye protection shall be used in appropriate circumstances 


Note: Please wear closed toe footwear for proper use of safety toe covers on site ie. sneakers, flatboots, tennis shoes. No opened toed shoes, platform shoes/heels. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for construction Project section 21. (I) shall wear such protective clothing ie. must wear pants and long sleeve shirt. No shorts or sleeveless shirts are permitted on site. 


2. Each visitor must sign in with assigned security (ESM) at the front gate before entering restoration site. 

Note: families must sign in individually as their own person. 


3. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for Construction Projects section 16. At a project, no person younger than 16 years of age shall (b) permitted to be present in or about the workplace while work is being performed O. Reg. 145/00, s.II. 


4. Each visitor must have a full orientation with a health and safety consultant and/or advisor and be properly fit tasted with a certified fit testing certificate holder before entering the building


5. Each visitor must be accompanied with an escort assigned to the family before entering the building to avoid issues 


6. If any concerns about your health and safety on construction site please do not hesitate to ask 

October 9, 2018 2 pm

Insurance Policy

Residents who have tenant insurance, please bring your insurance policy with you when you visit the Response Office.

October 8, 2018 6 pm

Allowance Cheques

When a cheque arrives at the response office for a resident, the office will call the resident and let them know it is available for pick up.

October 3, 2018 6 pm

UPDATE ON TENANT ACCESS TO 650 PARLIAMENT

  

We have had numerous requests from tenants wishing to be allowed back into their apartments at 650 Parliament to retrieve more essential items. We are working on a program to make this happen on an appointment basis, but with the restoration underway and not all elevators operating, it is difficult. In addition, we have to follow safety guidelines for everyone on site. Safety is, and has been since the beginning, our number-one concern. Within the next few weeks, we hope that tenants will be able to return for limited periods of time to retrieve items. We will keep you posted. Watch the website and social media for updates. 

TENANT INFORMATION FORM

Tenant Information Form (pdf)

Download

Sept 26, 2018 11 pm

650 PARLIAMENT MOVE-IN DATES DELAYED TO EARLY 2019

  

RESPONSE OFFICE OFFERS MULTIPLE ACCOMMODATIONS STRATEGIES AND MORE STAFF 


After beginning restoration work and conducting extensive testing, we have learned that you will likely not be able to move back into your apartment until sometime early in the new year.


The Response Office is here to help…


The Wellesley Parliament Square Response Office has been enhanced with a call centre, and we have sourced additional available accommodations. We also have more staff on hand to meet with displaced residents to discuss the option that best suits your individual needs. 


To find out about your choices, you must: 


1. Fill out the tenant information form, link above.


a. Access it online at www.WPSQ.ca. Print it, fill it out and bring with you to save time. 

OR

b. Fill out the form at the Response Office.


2. Come into the Response Office in person, and bring acceptable photo ID with you. If you cannot visit in person, call.


RESPONSE OFFICE:

ADDRESS: 260 Wellesley (at the back)

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

PHONE: 416-929-3532 Ext. 9  

Sept 17, 2018 6 pm

New FAQs

Q: Will units be painted in addition to  being cleaned? 

A: Once the building skeleton and key areas are repaired, we can address individual apartments. Depending on the amount of smoke damage, some units will need to be painted. The restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, to ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.


Q: What types of cleaning products are being used in the restoration?

A: For restoration, an environmentally friendly plant-based degreaser will be used. For some units, a sealant paint specifically designed to seal in smoke damage might be necessary. In these instances, the restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint to help ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.


Q: Will insurance adjusters be let into the building before restoration begins on units?

A: Insurance adjustors will be let into the building to assess damage before restoration procedures begin in the units.


Q: How is security being handled for the restoration?

A: There are security guards on site at all times, overseeing the perimeter and interior of the building. There are also guards on stand-by to accompany contract workers through the building, relieve each other to go on breaks, etc. 


Q: Can tenants opt out of restoration?

A: All parts of the building must be fully restored before the building can be reoccupied.


Q: Has anything in the units been touched, altered or moved?

A: Floors where there was heavy smoke damage required the team to move air conditioners from windows, and sometimes furniture, in order to allow ventilation of the floors. Otherwise, contents in the unit, including furniture, clothing and possessions, will not be touched.


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