With the premier calling for a dress-down policy in offices so air cons can be turned down and energy sources spared, we check out some of the city's largest employers to see who's made power-saving official policy.
Bay and King
DRESS CODE "The bank encourages business casual year round," says spokesperson Tara-Lynne Hughes. "In summer this means shorter sleeves. You do see lots of suits, depending on whether an individual has a meeting."
Ontario Ministry of Health
DRESS CODE "Definitely you can leave the tie at home," says spokesperson David Jensen. "But, no, I don't think you can go as far as shorts."
Ernst & Young
DRESS CODE "I don't know what we've got to offer you in terms of summer dress code. We have a general policy, but it's not specific to summer or any season per se," says rep Nichola Petts.
250 Front West
DRESS CODE "There isn't a solid corporate policy," says rep Jay Walsh, "but it's a fairly casual environment. People on camera have to dress differently."
"We have a business casual policy in summer. It isn't written in stone, but unless you're doing a presentation or a public consultation, you don't have to be in a full suit and can come in without a jacket or tie," says Tanya Bruckmueller.
"I?ll never wear a tie again"
I took off my tie in the middle of June at an event in front of 250 people at the Board of Trade and haven't put on a tie since. I've challenged Toronto and corporate Ontario to do the same. In some offices, women dress for the season but have to wear sweaters. This is the electricity system from hell. I hope in a few years' time I'll never see a tie again in the summer."
PETER LOVE , Ontario's chief energy conservation officer