The Alley Renewal program outlines a cost effective, long-term strategic approach to renew and rebuild alleys. The program, approved in December of 2018, aims to improve the conditions of alleys across the City over the next 25 years.
Alley renewal involves alley reconstruction and repaving, improvements to surface drainage where possible, and upgrading of existing alley lighting to LED fixtures. It also includes the opportunity for a Local Improvement to add alley lighting if property owners are interested.
The approved Alley Renewal strategy will require approximately $22.3 million annually over 25 years. This program will be funded by an increase to the Neighbourhood Renewal Tax Levy. This levy includes a City-wide contribution and not just a contribution from property owners with back alleys.
Address surface drainage issues in the alley
Alleys will have a paved surface
Existing alley lighting will be upgraded to LED fixtures
While your alley is closed for construction, waste cart collection will occur from your front street or avenue. When your alley is closed, residents are asked to temporarily relocate carts and recycle bags to the front of property for pick-up on collection days. Carts and recycle bags should be placed in a visible location along the curb or back of the sidewalk, at which point collection workers will maneuver carts so they can be emptied. It is recommended that residents identify their home address in the space provided on the carts to ensure your assigned carts are returned to your home after collection.
RV and Trailer Parking Permits
If you need access to your RV or Trailer and want to park it on the street during the alley closure please contact the Project Manager. They will work with you to ensure you have a permit issued for the duration of the closure. Please wait until you receive the bulletin from the contractor indicating your exact closure dates to request this permit.
Other Alley Renewal Options
Separate from the Alley Renewal program, the Alley Reconstruction Local Improvement process will remain an option for residents who wish to accelerate the renewal of their alley. If an Alley Reconstruction Local Improvement initiative is successful, it is 100% property owner funded. For more information please visit Local Improvements.
Alleys will continue to be reconstructed in the event of an emergency (water main or gas-line repair) by the City’s utility partners.
The City will continue to maintain alleys with grading and pothole repair. Specific alley concerns can be addressed by contacting 311.