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:
With the holidays upon us, the next resident update will be provided in early 2019.
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
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
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:
Due to a problem with the heating system in the Response Office during this extremely cold weather, we have to close the office until we can get the temperature back into an acceptable range. It may take some time to fix the problem. As soon as we know when the Response Office can reopen, we will update the office voicemail and post a notice on our social media platforms.
Response Office staff will resume work for the 650 tenants today, January 22nd at 10am.