Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Community-led groups, agencies, coalitions, networks, or resident leaders focused on engaging with women, girls, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit residents. Groups do not need to have charitable status.

Are there priority populations who should be engaged in this process?

Yes, this consultation seeks to engage diverse residents with multiple and intersecting identities, from historically marginalized and vulnerable populations. The list below provides examples of the specific communities we are seeking to engage in this consultation process. However, it is not meant to be a complete list of who may be engaged. 

Women, girls, non-binary, trans and Two-spirit residents who are also:

  • Indigenous
  • Black 
  • Racialized
  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • Newcomers (less than 5 years in Canada, refugees, migrants, undocumented peoples) 
  • People with disabilities (physical or mental and/or with pre-existing medical conditions) 
  • Persons experiencing homelessness 
  • Gender-based violence survivors 
  • Persons experiencing detention or incarceration
  • Low income individuals 

What happens if I am selected to lead SPT supported consultations?

  • Successful applicants will be notified by November 29, 2021, about whether or not they have been approved, and the amount if applicable.
  • Honorariums of $20/participant may be provided for a maximum of 20 participants only.
  • Consultation Leaders are responsible for submitting consultation data through links provided in the Consultation Guidelines by January 24, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Consultation Leaders are required to submit a tracking sheet provided by SPT, providing first name, last name, and survey/consultation date for each participant.
  • SPT will disburse honorariums to Consultation Leaders in early February upon submission of invoice, by mailed cheques (preferred option) or e-transfer.
  • Consultation Leaders are responsible for safely dispersing honorariums to each resident who participated.

Can I still contribute to the Gender Equity Consultation process if I am not an SPT supported Consultation Leader? 

Yes! We highly encourage community agencies, coalitions, networks, and resident leaders to engage with the Gender Equity Consultation process to ensure a diversity of voices and lived experiences of marginalized communities are included. We will not be able to provide honorariums for this, but there are multiple ways to participate on a voluntary basis:  

  • As an individual resident, you can complete the Gender Equity Consultation Survey on SPT’s website. The survey will be live from December 17, 2021 - February 23, 2022, and is open to the public. Please share the link and encourage your friends, families, and community members to participate.

  • As a community agency, coalition or network representative, or resident leader, you can hold your own focus group discussions, and submit the input to us by February 23, 2022.  We will post Consultation Guidelines online in December 2021. 

  • As a community agency, coalition or network representative, or resident leader, you can promote the survey on your website and social media, and encourage participation from your community. For those who do not have internet access to complete the survey online, consider providing one-on-one support for residents to complete the survey over the phone.

We will include this input into our submission of aggregate data to the City’s Gender Equity Unit.

Why are you collecting demographic data?

The City of Toronto’s newly established Gender Equity Unit has partnered with Social Planning Toronto to lead a community consultation to inform the Gender Equity Strategy that is being developed. This partnership will have a special focus on engaging Indigenous and equity-seeking groups, as well as historically marginalized and vulnerable populations. 

It’s important to hear from people about their lived realities and needs related to gender equity, and particularly the challenges people and communities experience in accessing City of Toronto programs, services and policies. 

To ensure anonymity and confidentiality, please do not include names, telephone numbers or full addresses in your survey or group discussion responses. All input submitted to SPT will be summarized and submitted in a report to the Gender Equity Office of the City of Toronto. 

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