The Toronto Public Space Committee is a grassroots non-profit organization run completely by volunteers. Founded in 2001, we have quickly become one of the loudest voices representing Toronto’s streets, sidewalks, parks and alleyways.
We are dedicated to protecting our shared common spaces from commercial influence and privatization. While some see the streets as an untapped source of advertising revenue we see protected public spaces as a fundamental pillar of a healthy democracy. If only wealthy advertisers have access to our visual environment, then freedom of speech suffers in our city.
We are citizens first, and consumers second. Public space must reflect this distinction, and should be fully and equally accessible by all who walk through it. Public space is the guarantee of a space for citizens to engage in society and interact with each other without commercial influence.
Through our advocacy projects we affect municipal policy, help shape the debate and create a space for concerned citizens to get involved and participate. Through our community events we lead by example by beautifying the city without a big budget, without sponsors and without logos. Together, we are reclaiming our streets and creating community.
We invite you to join us!