Back to School: New Report Finds High School Students Struggling to Escape Course Selection Deadlock.

As school returns, Toronto’s students and parents are still coping with a legacy of ‘streaming', finds a new report by Social Planning Toronto. In the process of ‘streaming’, students are grouped into either academic or applied courses, with big impacts on post-secondary options and life outcomes. Unfortunately, evidence shows streaming is impacted by a variety of factors, including neighbourhood and socio-economic factors.

Employment Opportunity: Community Planner (6 Month Contract Position)

Social Planning Toronto is an independent social planning organization committed to democratic, community based social policy and civic participation.

Social Planning Toronto is looking for a 6-month contract Community Planner to carry out community organizing in a variety of communities. 

The general responsibilities of the position are to work with local community organizations, networks and coalitions to build local community capacity and civic participation and provide policy analysis on various topics related to the Social Planning Toronto priorities.

Employment Opportunity: Research & Policy Analyst

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels.  We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is looking for a permanent full-time research & policy analyst (35 hours per week).

Toronto’s ‘Condo Baby Boom’ Has Started: Young Families Seeking Community Spaces As School Year Ends

Toronto’s downtown and waterfront condos are now home to thousands of preschool-aged children, finds a new report by Social Planning Toronto. The report reveals the number of preschool-aged children in key downtown census neighbourhoods has more than doubled in ten years—a staggering shift that has childcare and recreation programs overcrowded as the school year comes to a close.

New report finds Toronto faces ‘Rising Grey Tide’— Families strained as City and Province’s response lags

Toronto’s baby boomers are aging and will soon overwhelm our already backlogged city infrastructure, according to a new report released today by Social Planning Toronto. The report reveals a city-wide growth of 40% of seniors aged 60-64 over the last ten years, as well as a striking 53% increase in those over 85 years old.

Desperately needed labour reform measures fall short for temporary, contract workers. New report backs stronger role for unions.

The Government of Ontario could do more for almost half of Toronto’s workers who deal with precarious work, including temporary and contract workers, a new report says.

The report, released today by Social Planning Toronto, focuses on the benefits that unionization provides for precarious workers, and follows Queen’s Park’s announcement committing to changes to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. The new changes will include a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and personal emergency leave provisions, but only extends one-step card-based certification to some workers, and provides no changes to allow workers to organize across their sector.

Growth Plan update a step in the right direction for residents struggling for affordable housing options

Social Planning Toronto welcomed Ontario’s newly updated Growth Plan as an element in the effort to address the ‘missing middle’ of reasonably priced housing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. However, critically, its delayed timelines allow for developers to continue to drag their heels on building more affordable units.

Over 90 community leaders challenge Council on backward budget process

In an open letter sent to Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council, over 90 leaders from the nonprofit and community sector stressed the need to fund already-approved Council strategies including policies set to impact seniors, child care, and poverty reduction, in advance of a critical Budget Committee meeting this week.

Housing Policy Forum Series

Beginning in May, we will be holding a series of policy forums covering a range of issues related to housing in Toronto.

Join us and hear from a panel of leaders on this issue and join in a discussion with housing stakeholders.

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Over 30 Organizations Urge Housing Minister Not To Backtrack On Inclusionary Zoning Commitment

In an open letter to the Hon. Chris Ballard, provincial Minister of Housing, over 30 community and nonprofit housing organizations from across Ontario pressed the Government to follow through on its commitment to implement ‘Inclusionary Zoning’— a policy that enables municipalities to require new developments to include affordable housing.

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