Many people who work full-time in our neighbourhood and beyond are finding it increasingly difficult to shop at the St. Lawrence Market because of the Market's very early closing hours during the week . The Market closes at 5 p.m. - Monday to Friday, just as many people are ending their work day.
A few years ago hours were extended, but since the reopening post-COVID the St. Lawrence Market has reverted to previous operating hours.
You now have an opportunity to share your preferences and opinions with respect to the St. Lawrence Market and its hours of service
Public survey about St. Lawrence Market's hours of operation now open
This public survey is being conducted to verify how expanded hours of operation for the Market could best serve the public's needs. COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our daily lives. This survey aims to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on food shopping patterns, Market visitation and the level of demand for additional hours to access the Market.
The public is encouraged to provide their input and complete the 10-minute St. Lawrence Market Hours of Operation survey. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/stlawrencemarkethours.
The survey will be live until Monday, April 18.
Survey results will be reviewed along with other current data and past research conducted to verify what the expanded Market hours of operation could be. Research and consultation on the hours of operation has been done and included analysis of local shopping data, comparative analysis of local and international markets, public consultation, and consultation with Market merchants and stakeholders.
The South Market currently operates five days a week, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's closed on Sundays and Mondays.
For more information on the St. Lawrence Market Hours of Operation Survey please visit www.stlawrencemarket.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The St. Lawrence Market is a historic, unique City of Toronto asset. It's my hope that all residents and visitors to Toronto can enjoy the Market. This survey will help us hear from the public about operational hours. As our city continues to recover from COVID-19, thank you to everyone who is visiting the Market and supporting local small businesses.”
– Mayor John Tory
“I look forward to optimized hours of operation for the Market so that this community anchor can better support the small businesses operating in the Market and the many residents of Toronto that it serves. Looking forward to a lively summer season, now is the right time to consider relaunching expanded hours of operation for the Market.”
– Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre)
St. Lawrence Market is a renowned international food market featuring 120 merchants, vendors and farmers, offering fresh produce, meats and specialty items. Serving Toronto residents and international visitors since 1803, the market is regularly recognized as one of Toronto's most popular destinations and was ranked the number one food market in the world by National Geographic. The St. Lawrence Market Complex consists of St. Lawrence Hall, the South Market and the North Market – the latter now in its temporary home at 125 The Esplanade.
For information about the St. Lawrence Market Complex, visit www.stlawrencemarket.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StLawrenceMarket, Twitter at www.twitter.com/StLawrenceMkt or Instagram at www.instagram.com/StLawrenceMarket.