In the midst of several city-based temporary homeless shelters closing and the spring season returning, an anti-poverty organization is demanding that Toronto City Council decriminalize tent encampments in public spaces.

As city councillors returned to one of the first in-person meetings since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty(OCAP) organized a press conference demanding the repeal of bylaws against tent encampments in parks.

The bylaws, 608-13 and 608-14, are focused on camping and tent structures in public areas.