Updates

Help SPT Set Its Future Directions and Priorities!

Social Planning Toronto is considering our future direction and priorities and how we can make a difference in Toronto in the next five years.  We are talking to organizations and individuals in the city and invite you to contribute your thoughts and ideas to our planning process.

We all know that social planning is important to the future of the city and the well-being of its residents.  We also know that the city is changing.  What does this mean for SPT?  What do we want to change? What impact do we want to have?  What should we focus on in the next five years? How should we do our work?

Experts Outline Solutions to Toronto’s Revenue Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 6, 2016

Experts Outline Solutions to Toronto’s Revenue Challenge

January 6th, (Toronto, ON) - Whether you look at it from the perspective of economics, community services or city building, experts gathered at City Hall agreed there are concrete steps the City can take to solve its revenue problems and get back on track building a world class city.

Widespread support for bold action and new investments in Budget 2016

On the eve of the 2016 Toronto Budget release, residents and city-building organizations across Toronto have come together to urge City Council to implement the city’s recently adopted Poverty Reduction Strategy and kick-start action in four priority areas: jobs, children, housing and transit.

SPT - City of Toronto Budget Forums Coming Up in January 2016

Social Planning Toronto is hosting five budget forums in January 2016.

Learn about what's in the 2016 City of Toronto budget for community services, poverty reduction strategy, public transit, housing and homelessness supports and much more ... Residents play a vital role in the budget process, so join us at one of the following forums to learn what's in the budget, what it means for communities and how you can get involved in this process:

Commitment to Community (C2C) Forum on 2016 City Budget

Join us for a discussion on the City of Toronto's proposed budget!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough.

City Council adopted Toronto’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy on November 4th. Will there be adequate funding in the 2016 budget to implement the strategy? Come and discuss the City’s proposed budget and plan action to support real investments in poverty reduction.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Directors for a term that runs until May of 2017 and Social Planning Toronto is seeking nominations to fill that vacancy.

Further information is here

Nomination form available here

New Video: Inclusionary Zoning Press Conference


Check out new video from the November 9 Inclusionary Zoning Press Conference organized by Social Planning Toronto, Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton and ACORN.

Read 'Lift the Ban' on Inclusionary Zoning, SPT's submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy

Read news coverage on Inclusionary Zoning: CP24 and Inside Toronto

 

Press Release: Community Groups and Toronto City Councillor say “Lift the Ban” - let us build affordable housing

November 9th, (Toronto, ON) – Social Planning Toronto, ACORN, and Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton have come together to call on the provincial government to give municipalities the freedom to enact inclusionary zoning policies. Despite widespread support for this important tool for creating affordable housing, including a Liberal Private Member’s Bill calling for these powers, the Province’s Bill 73, Smart Growth for our Communities Act, fails to allow municipalities badly needed inclusionary zoning powers.

Groups call for an immediate change to the bill to lift the restrictions that stop municipalities from implementing inclusionary zoning.

Community Groups and Toronto City Councillor say “Lift the Ban” let us build affordable housing

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Community Groups and Toronto City Councillor call on Ontario government to give cities inclusionary zoning powers to build affordable housing

On Monday, November 9 at 9:30 am, Social Planning Toronto, ACORN, and Councillor Mike Layton will be speaking to media about the urgent need for the Ontario government to give municipalities the power to adopt inclusionary zoning policies. Despite widespread support for this important tool for creating affordable housing, the Province’s Bill 73, Smart Growth for our Communities Act, fails to provide municipalities with inclusionary zoning powers. Groups call for an immediate change to the bill to give cities the freedom to implement inclusionary zoning.

Toronto Remains the Child Poverty Capital of Canada

Toronto Remains the Child Poverty Capital of Canada

 A new report from Social Planning Toronto and partners shows that, amongst large Canadian cities, Toronto continues to have the highest percentage of children and youth living in poverty.

Key findings from the attached report, which is based on recently released Statistics Canada Taxfiler data for 2013: available here

Child poverty in Toronto in 2013 remained virtually unchanged from the previous year, with more than 1 in 4 children (29%), or 144,000 in total, living in low-income households in 2013 (as measured by Low Income Measure After Tax).

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