Joe Mihevc is Toronto’s city councillor representing Ward 21, St. Paul’s West. He is an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.

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Water Infrastructure Study to Reduce Basement Flooding – Cedarvale and Vicinity “Area 37”


The City of Toronto Water Department is currently undertaking a Basement Flooding and Water Quality Improvements Study to determine the contributing factors for surface and basement flooding.    The study will result in recommended solutions to improve the City’s sewer system and overland drainage routes in order to mitigate flooding problems.

After an increase in basement flooding from extreme rains since the July 2013 storm and flood, I meet with city staff to advocate for studies in Ward 21.  Cedarvale was an area of particular concern with a large spike in the level of basement flooding.  Study Area 37 is located in the York-Cedarvale area (view map above).   In response, the city has begun a comprehensive Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study.

In May, an Open House was held at Vaughan Road Academy to inform people of the study.  Another consultation will be scheduled early in 2017 to share developments as the study progresses.  View the presentation boards here:


The City would appreciate your opinion and hearing about your experiences.  Visit for more information about the subject citywide and choose your area to find the Survey.  To review the information newsletter from Toronto Water that was delivered door to door and to read more about the subject click this link:


Note that a second area in Ward 21 – “Area 40-Cedarvale Forest Hill” which extends east of Bathurst Street will have its first consultation this Fall. Stay tuned for meeting details through my e-newsletter, via our Events Calendar here and via social media.


TTC Infrastructure Improvements

Beginning in mid-June, the TTC will be co-ordinating various accessibility and infrastructure improvement projects along the St Clair streetcar route and inside both St Clair and St Clair West stations. Throughout this construction, buses will replace streetcars along the 512 St. Clair streetcar route. For details about the scope of the construction, please see a complete overview of the projects here.