Parking Policy for the Underground Garage


Approved by Board of Directors on December 9, 1989; Amended at the GMM on September 25, 1989; Approved by Members at GMM on July 3, 1990; Amendments to clause 12 and additional clause 15 – July 3, 1990 Consolidation.  Amendments to #9 and #16 – approved by Members at GMM March 14, 2011. Amendments to #1 and #17 approved by Members at GMM March 14, 2012. Amendments to #2, #9 and #16 – approved by Members at GMM January 26, 2016.

1. Housing Manager / Co-ordinator allocates the parking spaces and maintains the Parking Space Waiting List. (Amended March 14, 2012).

2. Parking spaces will be allocated on a date of application basis; however vehicles owned or leased and operated by a member who has obtained a handicapped license plate permit will be given first priority in the Waiting List, provided the Co-op is satisfied that the person or people transported in the vehicle require access to a housing unit in the Co-op other than ones on Albert Franck Place. Two adjoining parking spaces (#s 35 & 36) are reserved on a priority basis in the medium-rise garage for handicap parking for a member using a wheelchair. If there isn’t a need for the handicap space the space can be rented on a month to month basis with the understanding that access to the space will be revoked with one month’s notice, and that members losing their space can then be put at the top of the waiting list for garage parking. (Amended January 26, 2016).

3. Applications for the Parking Space Waiting List may be made by a member in good standing. Members are not required to own a car at the time of application.

4. Members holding Street Parking Permits are eligible to apply for underground parking space.

5. Parking space may only be allocated to a member who owns or leases a vehicle.  (Amended March 2011). Where a member is in the process of acquiring a vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired within two months of the space being allocated. To qualify for a car space, a vehicle must be a motorized four wheeled vehicle, in active use, licensed and insured for active use, and must be registered to the member.

6. Parking space allocation is based on one parking space per household only. Residents of Albert Franck Place townhouses are not entitled to parking spaces in the underground parking garage.

7. A member who declines an offer of a parking space will automatically be placed at the bottom of the Waiting List.

8. Members accepting a parking space must sign a Parking Agreement and provide the office proof of registration and insurance.

9. One parking space (#29) will be allocated for staff use only. (Amended March 2011). Staff will be allowed to rent an additional parking space (#11) on a month to month basis with the understanding that access to the space will be revoked with one month’s notice as long as no member requires a parking space and there is no waiting list for parking in the medium-rise garage. The cost of renting the additional parking space is as per Woodsworth’s Annual Fee schedule. (Amended January 26, 2016).

10. Motorcycles may park in the designated area and will pay fees set annually in the annual budget.

11. Bicycles must be registered at the co-op office and pay the fees set annually.

12. Cars shall not be washed in the Underground Garage.

13. Abandoned vehicles, and those not registered, licensed or insured will be removed.

14. Parking spaces will not be used for storage. Only registered vehicles will occupy the parking space.

15. Subletting an underground parking space may only be done in conjunction with the sub-letting of a member’s housing unit. It will be sublet as per the waiting list procedures up to the term of the sublet of the units.

16. Casual Parking: (Amended March 2011) The assigned Staff parking spaces as outlined in item #9 above can be reserved in advance by members for casual parking. They are available to rent during the following times:

Monday: 5pm to 8am
Tuesday: 5pm to 8am
Wednesday: 5pm to 8am
Thursday: 5pm to 8am
Friday: 5pm to 5pm on Saturday
Saturday: 5pm to 5pm on Sunday
Sunday: 5pm to 8am

Statutory holidays are considered an extension of previous day’s rental hours; for example, if a statutory holiday falls on a Monday, the Sunday rental will be from 5pm on Sunday to 5pm on Monday or if a statutory holiday falls on a Friday, the Thursday rental will be from 5pm on Thursday to 5pm on Friday. (Amended January 26, 2016)

Casual parking is intended to be short-term. The number of casual parking days per unit is capped at 12 days per month. (Amended January 26, 2016)

Members must reserve the Casual Parking with the office, or with On Call if it has not already been booked by the office, for evenings or weekends and the receipt must be displayed on the dashboard. (Amended March 14, 2011). The cost of renting the casual parking space is as per Woodsworth Annual Fee schedule.

17. Ramp parking: (Amended March 14, 2012)

Legal parking: Any contractor employed by the co-operative may park on the ramp with permission from Woodsworth office or by On-Call after hours and on weekends. Contractors must park on the south side of the ramp while leaving enough room for members to access the garbage cage. Contractors will have an authorization form on their dash identifying themselves as workers on site or obtain one from the office or On-Call as needed.

Illegal Parking: Members are not permitted to park on the ramp at any time. Any person parking on the ramp without the express permission of the co-operative or On-Call will be subject to tag and/or tow at the owner’s expense.


Penthouse Room Use Policy

Woodsworth Housing Co-operative, Inc.

Approved as a policy at a General Members' Meeting on June 19, 2014.

(Replacing a policy approved Sept 19, 1991 which was revised as The Use of the Penthouse / Community Room and Outdoor Patio Bylaw (# 40) on Oct 5, 1995; and approved as policy during consolidation, Sept 30, 2010.)


The Penthouse Room is a welcoming, safe space for the members of Woodsworth Co-op and its purpose is for the use and enjoyment of all residents of the co-operative. The use of the room will not interfere with the rights of the members to the quiet enjoyment of their homes.

1.  Purpose

The Penthouse Room is for the private use of members and is available free-of-charge for use as a drop-in centre; for co-op, social, business, recreational and educational events and Board approved-community events; and for members’ private events.

Members follow the Bylaw <policy>, Reservation Form terms, Booking Agreement, and approved Guidelines when booking and using the Penthouse Room.

1.1 Patio The rooftop patio is a common area for all co-op members and is not available to be booked for private use during an event or at any other time.

2.  Managing Expectations

Woodsworth members expect other members to respect their peace and quiet, while members using the penthouse room expect to be able to entertain their guests in a reasonable fashion.

a)  Members must use co-op speakers (or equivalent off-the-floor speakers) for amplifying music.

b)  Under Toronto Municipal Code 591, playing of loud music is prohibited between the hours of 11:00 pm to 7:00 am, the next day, and to 9:00 am on Sunday and Statutory Holidays.

c)  In case of emergency, members should contact Woodsworth staff or, after hours, On-Call.

d)  On-Call and Woodsworth staff have the authority to shut-down any event if the behaviour of attendees violates Woodsworth bylaws and/or liquor laws.

e)  Woodsworth Co-operative may ban a member or members from using the penthouse room for a period of time for extreme or repeat disruptions or violations of this bylaw <policy>.

3.  The Penthouse Room as a Drop-In Centre

The Co-op encourages the use of the Penthouse Room as a rich resource for community building and member initiatives are welcome.

From Monday to Sunday, the Penthouse Room is open as a drop-in centre from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (laundry-room hours), except when it is booked for an event.

When using the Penthouse Room as a drop-in centre:

a)  Members use their own door-fob to access the Penthouse Room; otherwise the door will be open during the day.

b)  Members are responsible for their own items, including food and drink as no lock-up is available

c)  No alcohol is permitted to be sold, but alcohol may be consumed

d)  The member(s) using the Penthouse Room will be responsible for returning the room to a clean and orderly condition immediately after use.

4.  The Penthouse Room as an Event Space

In addition to the Penthouse Room as a Drop-In Centre, this room can be booked for events – co-op events, member-sponsored events, and member private events.

4.1 Hours

The Penthouse Room is bookable for these events on a first-come, first-served basis during these hours;
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.* Sunday to Thursday **
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday
* includes set-up and clean-up
** in the event of a long weekend or a statutory holiday, hours may be booked to 1:00 a.m.

4.2. Co-op Event

Events organized by the Co-op have priority over other events and may be booked up to a year in advance. Example: Social Committee events, Committee meetings, Board of Director events, etc.

a)  These events are open to members, their long term guests and children.

b)  No alcohol is permitted to be sold at this type of event, but alcohol may be consumed.

c)  No fee is levied. No damage deposit is required. Reservation Form must be completed.

This type of event is booked through the co-op office.

4.3 Member-Sponsored Event

Events sponsored or organized by a member, whether occasional, weekly or monthly, may be booked up to six months in advance. Example: Pilates, glee club.

Member for-profit events may also be booked up to six months in advance, to a maximum of four events per year per member. Example: jewellery sale, art-show, professional seminars, etc.

a)  These events are open to members, guests and to the general public.

b)  Events may be advertised locally and within the co-operative.

c)  No alcohol is permitted to be sold at this type of event, but alcohol may be consumed.

d)  No fee is levied. No damage deposit is required. Reservation Form must be completed.

e)  Members may not charge an admission/cover-charge to any function where alcohol is served. However, fees may be collected for educational seminars, courses, etc.

This type of event is booked through the co-op office and upon confirmation from the office, the member posts the information on the calendars outside the Penthouse Room. On the day of the event, the Member may write the details and hours of their event on the display board outside the Penthouse Room.

4.4. Member Private Event

Event organized by a member (s) and attended only by invited family, friends and guests known to the member. Example: wedding reception, anniversary party, birthday party, etc.

a)  The Penthouse room may only be booked by a member for his or her own personal event, and this member will act as host of the event and be in continuous attendance. Guests at parties or events will normally have been invited personally by the member.

b)  The general public is not allowed and there can be no intent to profit from the sale of alcohol.

c)  Private events cannot be publicly advertised.

d)  A member can only have one open booking at a time, i.e. he or she cannot book another event until the upcoming event has happened or been cancelled.

e)  The member who booked the event must be present throughout the event and takes full responsibility for their guests’ behaviour and the noise level.

f)  No fee is levied. A damage deposit as set by the Member Schedule of Fees is required. Reservation Form and Booking Agreement must be completed.

g)  The member will meet with On-Call, or other designated members, for access to the Penthouse Room at the beginning of the booking period.

h)  If damage occurs, the member will be notified and all or part of the damage deposit will be used, otherwise the damage deposit is cancelled within 10 days after the event.

i)  If there is damage in excess of the deposit amount, the assessed amount will be attached to the member’s housing charge, to be paid over time on a monthly basis.
Any dispute over damages, or other deductions from the deposit may be appealed (in writing) to the Board of Directors within 14 days of notice of such deduction by the Co-op.

This type of event is booked through the co-op office and the member making the booking posts the information on the calendar in the Penthouse Room. On the day of the event, the Member may write the details and hours of their event on the display board outside the Penthouse Room.

5.  Alcohol at private events

No alcohol is permitted to be sold at this type of event, but alcohol may be consumed. According to the AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Corporation of Ontario), a “private place” is defined as an indoor place to which the public is not ordinarily invited or permitted and is not available for rent to the public for occasional use. A Special Occasion Permit (SOP) is not required for a function at a private place if there is no sale of alcohol and events are only for invited guests. Members may not charge an admission/cover-charge to any function where alcohol is served.

6.  Co-operative’s Liability

Woodsworth Housing Co-operative Inc. assumes no liability for any injury to person or damage to personal property which may occur in the course of member sponsored/private events in the Penthouse Room. Woodsworth Housing Co-operative Inc. abides by all federal, provincial and municipal laws, including the Fire Code, which assesses the maximum number of people allowed to use the Penthouse Room, currently 88 people.


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Bicycle Cage Rental Procedure



Passed at the GMM on May 21, 1992. Amended at the GMM on Sept. 23, 2013.

1. There will be a rental charge for use of the bicycle cage located in the underground garage.

2. This charge will be determined annually at the Budget Meeting.

3. Members using the bicycle cage will be required to pay the fee by cheque or money order for a whole year in advance, or for the balance of the fiscal year, if usage of the Cage begins after July 1 of any year.

4. The fob to the bicycle cage is the same as the fob used by members to enter the common areas of the co-op. Lost fobs may be replaced for a charge in an amount set by members of the Co-op.

5. Bicycles must be registered annually with the Co-op. Any bicycles parked in the cage which are not registered, or rental fee not paid, will be removed by the Co-op.


Consolidated up to April 2010 and adopted September 30, 2010.