To our valued customers and partners,

I am writing this with a heavy heart to inform you Paintbox is closing effective immediately – and to apologize for any inconvenience or challenges this may cause anyone.

This was not an easy decision to make. However, like many companies and organizations, this 22-month long pandemic with no end in sight has simply been too much to manage. With a new surge and other variants on the horizon, with a renewed government lockdown and cancelled catering, Paintbox is out of financial resources and no longer tenable.

I want to express my deepest thanks to Daniels Corporation President and CEO, Mitchell Cohen, for conceiving Paintbox and in realizing the significant positive impact Paintbox has had on Regent Park and the broader community. I will always be proud to have been part of this vision.

In reflection, some of the high points and legacy of Paintbox we should be proud of include:

  • Preparing over 35,000 meals for hunger relief since the start of pandemic.
  • Recognized internationally for a unique for-profit social enterprise.
  • Incubating food business startups like Batch Cookies, Spike your Food, and DoGood Donuts.
  • Bringing the Regent Park community together as a community hub, hosting bazaars, buffets, youth events, meetings and opening our kitchens to local initiatives.
  • Mentoring staff who have gone on to success in overcoming personal and systemic barriers, from winning cooking competitions to becoming important voices for gender and racial equality and becoming mentors themselves.

One thing I value the most has been the opportunity to work alongside Regent Park residents, grassroots groups and agencies as co-chair of the SDP Community Building working group and other neighbourhood programs. I’m also very grateful for support from so many like-minded catering clients, including most recently Canada’s Clean 50 Summit, the Toronto Foundation and Dignity Network for International Human Rights Day, and of course, Daniels.

While the pandemic has defeated Paintbox, I personally intend to continue to work toward equity, inclusion, belonging and building opportunities for all moving forward. I do hope the space can continue to contribute to the vitality of the Regent Park community, whether it’s supporting entrepreneurs, arts and cultural programming, neighbourhood feel, excitement and happiness, or economic drivers.

Again, I would like to thank everyone for their support and inspiration over the years.


Chris Klugman