New Report Finds $36 Million Gap Between Council Commitments and City Budget.

Critics say budget process is badly broken— not equipped to tackle city’s ‘big issues’.

As Toronto City Council prepares to make its final decision on its 2018 budget, a new report by Social Planning Toronto reveals it will fall short by $36 million on funding council’s own pledges on housing, climate change, transit, and poverty reduction.

New affordable housing law all but scrapped by Province's proposed regulations: Over 60 community groups.

Wealthy developers will not likely end up helping to pay for affordable housing under new regulations proposed by Ontario’s Minister of Housing, say over 60 community organizations and housing experts. The regulations effectively reverse policy aimed at ensuring developers build affordable housing with each new development— a measure called ‘Inclusionary Zoning’.

Deadline Extended: 2018 Frances Lankin Community Service Award

Who inspires you? Nominate them.

Toronto is a city of leaders. Our neighbourhoods and communities are shaped by extraordinary people who inspire and connect us.

Social Planning Toronto honours these extraordinary individuals with our Frances Lankin Award. Last year we celebrated Sunder Singh, and Debbie Field—two remarkable women with a lifetime of dedication to the nonprofit sector.

New this year, we are announcing a new category of award to spotlight an incredible young leader in our City.

Nominations Criteria

The 2018 Frances Lankin Community Service Award will be presented to two individuals who have made a significant transformative contribution to the nonprofit community service sector in Toronto. The Award will recognize two recipients for a Lifetime Achievement and an Inspiring Leadership Award.

New Report: Child poverty rate double for racialized children in Toronto area

Children in the Toronto region and their families’ incomes are deeply divided along race, a new report finds.

Based on 2016 Census data, the report shows that Toronto region children from racialized families— families of people of colour— are twice as likely to be living in poverty compared to children in non-racialized families (25.3 % compared to 11.4%). The report also found that Indigenous families with children are experiencing an extremely high poverty rate of 84%.

New data shows Ontario’s imminent Labour Reforms will benefit working millennials, women.

New reports released today by Social Planning Toronto show that younger Torontonians, as well as women in key sectors will benefit from proposed labour law reforms under the Ontario government’s Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. However, the proposed legislation leaves out the majority of precarious workers, including women and millennials, from improved access to unions.

Toronto’s Mounting Inequality Calls for Quality Public Services and Investments.

Responding to a new report released by the United Way of Toronto and York Region, Sean Meagher, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, called for public action to counter Toronto’s rising economic inequality:

“The report outlines an overwhelmingly divided City, created by a failure to invest adequately in our neighbourhoods and residents,” said Meagher. “With one-in-four children living in poverty, we have to do better”.

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.

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.

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