The City of Thunder Bay is once again extending its city patio program during 2023 allowing businesses to extend dining areas outdoors on City sidewalks, within parking lanes and privately owned parking lots .

All temporary patios must comply with public health directives, building codes, zoning by-laws and all applicable Federal & Provincial food safety laws. 

City Staff are available to help and can be reached at 807-625-2527 or 807-625-2991.


Effective on January 1, 2023 as directed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO):

  • Most liquor sales licensees and manufacturers that hold a by-the-glass endorsement who want to extend their existing liquor licence for the purpose of operating a temporary patio will need municipal approval
  • Upon obtaining an approval from a municipality, you are required to then notify the AGCO by making a submission on the iAGCO portal before selling or serving liquor on your temporary patio (see Notifying the AGCO of an Approved Temporary Patio)


Applications for the 2024 street patio program will be made available in the spring of 2024.

Street closure proposals

Street closure applications are to be submitted by the local Business Improvement Area or Business Association organizations only.  Please contact 807-625-2527 for more information.

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