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St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee

The St. Lawrence Market Complex is a public asset managed by the Real Estate Services Division of the City of Toronto. At the heart of the Market are three key buildings: the South Market Food Hall, the North Market Building that hosts the weekly Saturday Farmers Market and the St. Lawrence Hall. Plans to reconstruct the North Market Building are currently underway and a temporary location currently houses its operations. Together, these market spaces have become synonymous with excellence in food quality and variety, and in the experience of shopping for food. These qualities have been recognized internationally, with the St. Lawrence Market being ranked among the top ten food markets in the world.

The Market has served as an anchor for the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, as well as an important social, civic and economic hub for Toronto as a whole, for over 200 years. The buildings of the St. Lawrence Market Complex are key downtown landmarks and are among the most valuable historical sites in Toronto. The Complex is a place that convenes diverse groups of people - merchants and shoppers, rural and urban, locals and visitors, young and old to buy and sell goods, exchange ideas, and to celebrate community. City staff work in close collaboration with the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee to ensure that the tradition of the Market continues to thrive for generations to come.

Committee responsibilities

The St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee's responsibility is to demonstrate public support and be an advocate for the Market Precinct. The Committee will provide recommendations for specific causes and policies to the City's Real Estate Services Division on the mandate, strategic direction, growth, planning, budgeting, and operations of the Market Precinct.

Board size and composition

The St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee shall be comprised of 7 stakeholder representatives and 6 public members:

  • 1 tenant representative of each of the South Market Tenants' Association, Farmers Market Association, Sunday Antique Market, and St. Lawrence Hall, excluding Heritage Toronto;
  • 1 City representative from Heritage Toronto;
  • 1 stakeholder representative from the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association;
  • 1 stakeholder representative from the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area; and
  • 6 public members with expertise in areas such as tourism and hospitality, food service or retailing, marketing, event management or facilities management, environmental management.

Chair and vice-Chair

The Chair and Vice Chair shall be a stakeholder representative or public member of the Advisory Committee chosen by members of the Advisory Committee through a vote.

Eligibility requirements

Public members must meet the eligibility requirements as set out in the City's Public Appointments Policy.

Term of office

The term of office for public members of the advisory board is four years.


In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, public members of the Board should collectively have the following skills, experience, and expertise:

  • Expertise within the food & beverage industry in one or more of the following areas: food retail, policy, services, operations, sciences, nutrition, manufacturing, farming or agriculture
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: real estate, leasing, site and tenant management
  • Expertise in arts administration including arts and culture, community engagement, partnership development and fundraising.
  • Expertise in business development, financial administration/accounting, project management or environmental sustainability/stewardship considered an asset
  • Expertise in advertising, marketing and managing/measuring customer experience considered an asset


The Advisory Committee will meet at least 4 times per year and no more than 12 times per year. Sub-committee meetings will be held in addition to regular meetings.

Members are required to commit 3 to 6 hours per month to attend committee meetings. General meetings will be held between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. as per the meeting schedule and sub-committee meetings will be held between the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on an ad hoc basis. Meetings take place on Wednesdays.


Membership is voluntary and a public service.

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The St Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee's deadline was March 29, 2019. Applications are still being accepted for future vacancies.