Events and Workshops

What does Toronto need for a just and equitable recovery? Bold ideas for change!

Co-hosted in partnership with the United Way Greater Toronto

What Does Toronto Need for a Just and Equitable Pandemic Recovery: Bold Ideas for Change is a two-part panel series highlighting current challenges facing the community sector.

Discussion will focus on the issues that low-income and equity-owed Torontonians (and the organizations that serve them) are grappling with and what our next City Council and Mayor need to prioritize.

Experts from the community sector will share their insights on the current crises and challenges within the sector, solutions, and how our perception and thinking needs to shift in order to achieve an equitable recovery rooted in social justice. 

Register for one or both sessions:

October 12: Affordable housing, food security, and challenges facing the community sector

MODERATOR: Alex Dow - Director, Neighbourhood Initiatives, United Way Greater Toronto


  • Sharmini Fernandez, Executive Director, Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre
  • Ryan Noble, Executive Director, North York Harvest Food Bank
  • The Parkdale People’s Economy

October 19: Community-based alternatives to policing, and harm reduction & mental health

MODERATOR: Lori Galway - Director, Public Affairs, United Way Greater Toronto


  • Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
  • Cynthia Bell-Clayton, Executive Director, ENAGB Indigenous Youth Agency
  • Serena Nudel, Director of Community Programs, The Neighbourhood Group Community Services  

Election engagement workshops for community development workers and grassroots leaders

Social Planning Toronto is offering a series of workshops on the 2022 municipal election for community development workers supporting civic engagement efforts. These workshops will inform participants about the voting process and priority issues affecting low-income and under-represented communities.

Through these educational workshops, Social Planning Toronto will aim to enhance democratic engagement in neighbourhoods with lower voter turnout and in marginalized communities.

Speakers include:

  • Elections Services, City of Toronto
  • Democratic Engagement Exchange
  • Community-based advocates and experts

Please register to secure your spots.

Topic and Presenter


Date and Time

Elections 101
Elections Services, City of Toronto


Monday. September 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Vote Popup Training
Democratic Engagement Exchange


Tuesday. September 27
10 am - 12 p.m.


  • Housing
  • Poverty
  • Transit
  • Tenant protections
  • Environmental Justice


Wednesday, September 28
10 am - 12 p.m.


  • Harm reduction
  • Shelters & services for the unhoused
  • Alternatives to policing
  • Mental Health


Thursday, September 29
10 am - 12 p.m.

People-Centred Civic Engagement
Pre- and Post-Election

Toronto Neighbourhood Centres


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