Impact of the 2022 program
- Micro-cleaning in an area covering 7 kilometres2 within 22 BIAs
- Micro-cleaning of 25 permanent and pop-up plazas
- 71,200 micro-cleaning work hours to individuals with barriers to traditional employment
- 34,000 bags of litter collected
- 109,900 needles collected from streets and lanes
- 20,800 cumulative feces removals in the downtown area
City Council has approved annual street cleaning grants since 1999 to non-profit agencies that have the capacity to:
- Provide micro-cleaning services
- Supplement our street cleaning services
Micro-cleaning involves daily collection of litter on foot using brooms, shovels, and wheeled garbage carts – work that's outside the scope of City services. Micro-cleaning grants complement other street cleaning services, such as programs coordinated by business improvement associations.
How the program connects with Council priorities and our strategies
- Low threshold employment supports an inclusive city and helps marginalized individuals to become more self-reliant, contributing to the goal of ending homelessness.
- Cleaner streets promote a safe and welcoming public realm, show a commitment to protecting the environment, and help to convey "greenest city".