About City Budget Watch
Social Planning Toronto's City Budget Watch is back for the 2018 City of Toronto budget process! We'll be bringing you up-to-date reports and analysis on each step of the City budget process from launch date on Thursday, November 30 to final votes at City Council on February 12 & 13. We'll let you know how you can learn more, get involved and have your say on the 2018 budget.
The City Budget Watch Blog is authored by Beth Wilson. Beth is our lead on policy and research at Social Planning Toronto, starting at our organization in 2002. She has a Master of Social Work (MSW), Policy, Organization and Community.
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2018 City Budget: Top 10 List of Unfunded City Council Commitments
2018 City Preliminary Budget Fails to Make Good on Toronto City Council Commitments: Top 10 List
The City of Toronto’s 2018 preliminary budget fails to make good on many of Toronto City Council’s commitments to create a healthier, inclusive and equitable city for all. In recent years, the Mayor and City Councillors adopted several important plans and strategies to improve the quality of life of Toronto residents and respond to serious challenges facing our city. Plans were approved to increase access to affordable housing, recreation and child care, build strong neighbourhoods, and promote social inclusion for newcomers, seniors, youth and children. Initiatives were passed to respond to the challenges of climate change, confront anti-black racism, forge respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities, make public transit more affordable for low-income residents, and reduce poverty.
The preliminary budget does little to move the city forward on these plan to build an inclusive city for all. However, there’s still time to fix this budget. Toronto City Council votes on the final budget on February 12-13. That’s why it is so important for residents to participate in the Budget Committee’s public hearings (deputations) taking place on January 8, 9 and 10. Have your voice heard!
2018 City Budget: Happy New Year! Time to Have Your Say on the 2018 City Budget!
Happy 2018 Toronto City budget fans & followers!
It's time to sign up for the City of Toronto budget deputations/public presentations. This is your chance to have your say on the 2018 City budget!
- What should the priorities be for the City of Toronto in 2018?
- What programs and services should the City of Toronto fund?
- What programs and services need to be improved?
- What issues need the City's attention?
On January 8, 9 & 10, Budget Committee members will hear from members of the public. Don't forget to register!
2018 City Budget: Social Development & Children's Services
In this post, we continue our analysis of human services budgets including social development initiatives (within the Social Development, Finance & Administration budget) and children's services.