Housing Policy Forum Series: Supportive Housing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 03:00 PM · 28 rsvps
The 519 Community Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada

 This event is part of our Housing Policy Forum Series. Read more about the other forums in this series.

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Invite you to join in a series of discussions on current housing policy issues

Please join us for a discussion on Supportive Housing 

There is no way to make any model of housing reform work without addressing the needs of people facing mental health, addictions and other significant vulnerabilities. While these communities live on low incomes they face other barriers to successful tenancies. While there are housing models that serve these communities well, they are in short supply and may not be scalable. How do we serve this community effectively at a scale that addresses the real need?


Introductions 3:00-3:10 

The Panel Discussion: 3:10-3:50

Greg Suttor, Wellesley Institute

What are the Province's strategies for dealing with supportive housing?

Steve Lurie, Canadian Mental Health Association

People facing mental health challenges have been the subject of considerable public policy analysis in recent years— What do the learnings from those processes tell us about how housing might serve this community better? 

Victor Willis, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

The service models created for people with addictions and mental health issues have mixed outcomes. How have these models tended to miss the mark and result in adverse outcomes for the people they are intended to support? What are the hallmarks of successful model development?

Tenant Perspective: The Dream Team

People who live with addictions and mental health issues are in a unique position to contribute to the design of effective systems. What do survivors of the mental health system have to tell us about what an effective model of housing for vulnerable tenants would look like?

Q&A: 3:50-4:00

Roundtable Discussions: 4:00-4:45

Summaries and Feedback: 4:45-5:00


Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Toronto City Hall in Toronto, ON, Canada

How can we work together to improve access to recreation for Toronto’s 65,000 newcomer youth?

Opportunities like afterschool programs, arts and music, and sports are essential for ensuring newcomer youth settle successfully in Canada.

Join us for an afternoon of interactive recreation activities, keynote speakers, and opportunities to learn from and work with others to address this important issue.

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 12 pm – 4:30 pm

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W

Council Chambers and Members Lounge


Femi Lawson, Youtube Personality, Actor, Creative Director  

Arts Performance:

Jeah Mae Banico, RISE Edutainment

Presentations by: 

FCJ Youth Network – Youth to You Toolkit

Sharma Queiser – Social Planning Toronto

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Newcomer Advocate

and more!

Action Tables on:

  • Outreach and Engagement Strategies
  • Program Development and Space
  • Evaluation and Funding

Drop In Activities:

  • Breakdancing Demos with KeepRockinYou
  • iAM Photo Exhibit by JAYU
  • Button Making with North York Arts
  • Henna Hand Painting
  • Sports Development Clinics

Brought to you by:

Social Planning Toronto, Toronto Newcomer Office, Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, North York Arts, MLSE Launchpad, and Laidlaw Foundation.

lunch will be served    »    tokens available    »    child minding available upon request in advance


60th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $60.00 CAD
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Celebrating 60 Years Together

On May 7, 1957, the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto was formally established, replacing the Welfare Council of Toronto. Since then, Social Planning Toronto has spent 60 years providing critical social research and reporting, community capacity-building and engagement as well as evidence based advocacy for Toronto and its communities.

You're Invited

Our 60th anniversary event will be an evening reception, celebrating and featuring voices from the past, present and future of our organization, the community and nonprofit sector and the broader city.

This event will spotlight a series of key accomplishments of the year as well as key efforts to build a stronger network.

Our over 350 attendees will be a diverse cross-section of our city, including prominent and influential decision makers and community leaders, elected officials, passionate and engaged residents, nonprofit staff, artists and workers.

Interested in sponsoring this event? We have opportunities for member agencies and corporations to sponsor our event and advertise in our event magazine. Click here to download our sponsorship package.

Celebration and Reception


Our reception will take place at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Located close to the Bloor-Yonge subway station, this distinctive and elegant space is the venue of choice of high-profile literary and cultural programs.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tickets are $60

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A Letter from Frances Lankin


Dear Friend,

Social Planning Toronto has been at the heart of social change in Toronto for over 60 years, and I am proud to serve as the Honourary Patron for this year’s anniversary celebrations. 

In advocating on behalf of the vulnerable, children and families, and pushing for a more vibrant, resilient vision for our communities, Social Planning Toronto has been a leader in forging a better future for all Torontonians. These are values I believe in and I know you share.

Over the years, Social Planning Toronto has built strong partnerships across sectors, with the aim of creating a more dynamic and compassionate city.

I hope you will join in this opportunity to celebrate 60 years of accomplishments and look forward to future years of collaboration and partnership as we continue to build an even better city.



Frances Lankin

60th Anniversary Honourary Patron

Former CEO, United Way Toronto

Celebration and Reception

Note: there is no physical 'ticket' associated with your purchase. Your name will be added to our list, and we will check you in at the event.

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