2022 City Budget: Town Hall Speakers Share Excellent Analysis & Calls to Action

Did you miss SPT's 2022 City Budget Town Hall? No problem! The video with closed captioning is available right here.

On January 18, SPT hosted its annual City budget town hall. The town hall featured a wonderful panel of speakers. We had a great conversation with participants and shared ideas to take action for a better, bolder budget for Toronto residents. Presenters dug deep into this year's budget, with a focus on shelters, housing and homelessness, public transit, climate justice, jobs and work, growth funding tools, and budget impacts through an intersectional gender equity lens.  

Many thanks to our panel!

  • Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, YWCA Toronto - presentation
  • Shelagh Pizey-Allen & Elahveyini Veemharaj Aswaththaman, TTCriders - presentation
  • Susan McMurray, Toronto & York Region Labour Council - presentation
  • Tommy Taylor, Toronto Drop-in Network - presentation
  • Gagan Nijjar & Sarah Gonza, Toronto Community Benefits Network - presentation
  • Kathryn Tait, Toronto Environmental Alliance - presentation

Check out SPT's budget overview slides here.

The presentations and discussions are chock-full of information and insights.

The City's Budget Committee holds its second and final day of public hearings / deputations on Tuesday, January 25. Deputation days are the official part of the budget process where residents and groups can speak directly to the Budget Committee about their priorities, ideas and concerns about the budget. Although it's past the deadline, you can check with the City Clerk to see if it's possible to get on the list to speak on Tuesday. Email [email protected] or call (416) 392-4666. Contact them early!

If you don't get a chance to speak, you can still submit your thoughts in writing to [email protected], or by mail to Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. The City accepts written submission any time up until the budget vote at City Council on February 17.

You can also contact your City Councillor to share your views. Call 311 for contact info.

For more budget events, check our Budget Calendar here


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