Press Release: “The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2016 Community Groups across Ontario Tell the Province “The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW” March 11th, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Dozens of community groups and networks across Ontario are urging the Province to stop blocking municipalities from adopting inclusionary zoning policies to build desperately needed affordable housing. Through inclusionary Read More …

Community groups tell Minister to stop stalling on inclusionary zoning

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“Stop Stalling on Inclusionary Zoning, Let Us Build Housing”, communities tell Minister

On Friday, March 11 at 12:30 pm, Social Planning Toronto, ACORN, and Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton will be speaking to media about the urgent need for the Ontario government to allow municipalities the power to use inclusionary zoning policies to build new housing. In spite of the unrelenting call from city planners, community groups and political figures for many years, the Province continues to prohibit inclusionary zoning. In the latest call, 57 community groups and networks operating throughout Ontario called on the Province to act now on inclusionary zoning by moving either of the two private members’ bills (Bill 3 and Bill 39) already before the legislature.

When: 12:30 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016

Where: Media Studio, Queen’s Park Legislative Assembly, Main Legislative Building, 1st Floor, West Wing, Room 148

Who: Sean Meagher, Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto
Mike Layton, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina
Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, ACORN Spokesperson

For more information:
Sean Meagher, Social Planning Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 820-7889
smeagher@socialplanningtoronto.org Read More …

Job Posting – Hub Coordinator – 1652 Keele St. Community Alliance

1652 Keele Street Community Alliance JOB POSTING Job Title: Hub Coordinator Status: Part-time contract for 29 weeks (part of SPT bargaining unit) Hours: 21 hours per week (flexible schedule that might include evenings) Rate: $22.95 per hour plus benefits BACKGROUND: The 1652 Keele Street Community Alliance (the Alliance) is a multi-sectoral group of five non-profit Read More …

Open Letter: 57 Community Groups Call on the Ontario Government to Act Now on Inclusionary Zoning

Fifty-seven community groups, including Social Planning Toronto, came together to call on the Ontario Government to give municipalities the authority to implement inclusionary zoning policies and build much needed affordable housing. Through this legislation, municipalities would have the power to require developers to create affordable housing within any new residential development. Inclusionary zoning policies offer Read More …

SPT Releases New Report on Newcomer Youth Access to Recreation

Just days before the City enters its week of recreation registration, Social Planning Toronto releases a report highlighting importance of access to recreation for newcomer youth and the barriers they face. Despite the importance of recreation programs, in health and in settlement, research findings show that newcomer youth in Toronto face serious challenges accessing recreation. Read More …