Toronto and the Global Project

Time of day is the new competitive edge for global cities. Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York City and Paris are all introducing measures to develop the nighttime and social economy.

The City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division is leading a process to develop a vision and action plan for the social, cultural and economic activities in Toronto between 6 pm and 6 am, and report back in the next term of Council.

As part of that process The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) in collaboration with Diageo, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the City of Toronto is demonstrating RHI’s Hospitality Zone Assessment (HZA) as an effective strategy in reducing harm and in enhancing the social experience of residents and visitors.

The GLOBAL PROJECT is a transnational initiative involving Toronto, Canada, Dublin, Ireland and Cancun, Mexico with the following aims:

  • To preserve and advocate for the social, cultural and economic value of dining and entertainment
  • To provide suggestions for improving the allocation of resources and updates to legislation
  • To ensure public safety to reduce crime, harm and disorder while minimizing quality of life impacts
  • To maintain communication between government and businesses regarding policy and procedures


  • Selection and training of dedicated staff to be leading advocates for a safe and vibrant nightlife
  • Development of a citywide alliance to implement a consensus-driven action plan
  • Data collection to evaluate and monitor progress over time, particularly in regard to alcohol-related harm reduction


  • The implementation of RHI’s Hospitality Zone Assessment (HZA) in each city.
  • The collection and organization of data to measure changes.
  • Conducting a street level audit to measure social occupancy, including diversity of storefront uses during the day, evening and late‐night, mix of social venues (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, music clubs) and combined seating capacity in the district.
  • The analysis of correlation between the social occupancy and indicators of crime, harm, disorder and compliance.




RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist
businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant places to socialize.

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