How did our public services come to exist? Who fought for them? Who worked for them? How have they changed over the years? It’s our job to find out.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY City Service Division speaks with Toronto residents about their memories of services they use and care about. We’re out on “memory collection duty” regularly. Check our EVENTS page to see where you can find us, or read the recent article in the Toronto Star about our work: “Toronto budget cuts, remembered.”
Based on our memory collection and other research DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY makes and exhibits site-specific street signs throughout Toronto, marking spots of potential or past cuts to city services and emphasizing the value of these services in our everyday lives. These eye-catching signs, mounted on street poles in front of libraries, bus stops, daycares and recreation centers help to make visible the public services that we all rely on in our everyday life.