Toronto - The City of Toronto wants to add diversity to Toronto’s street food menu offered by street vendors, and has taken steps to encourage and regulate the sale of a variety of tasty food alternatives to hotdogs and sausages. In an effort to gauge interest in an expanded street food menu, the City invites the public to fill out a short online survey at http://www.toronto.ca/business/alacart.htm.

The feedback will help the City determine what types of foods would be favorable, how much the public is willing to pay, and when they would most likely purchase street food.

On July 7, 2007, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care announced an amendment to Regulation 562 to allow for a greater variety of street food choices subject to compliance with a new set of food safety regulations. In January 2008, City Council approved a small-scale Toronto Street Food Pilot project (“Toronto a la cart”) that started with the planning and consultation on the design of a “Toronto a la cart” food-vending cart.

All the feedback from the survey will be submitted to Council for consideration on how to regulate the pilot program.

More information about Toronto a la cart can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/business/alacart.htm.