Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Community-led groups, agencies, coalitions, networks, or resident leaders focused on engaging with Indigenous peoples, equity-seeking groups, and/or vulnerable populations in the City of Toronto. Groups do not need to have charitable status.
What do we mean by "equity-seeking groups" or vulnerable populations?
Equity-seeking groups are residents who have been historically disadvantaged and/or systematically marginalized by multiple systems of oppression. They face significant barriers to equal access, opportunities, and resources.
The list below provides examples of the specific communities and populations we are seeking to engage in this consultation process. However, it is not meant to be a complete list of who may be engaged.
- newcomers (less than 5 years in Canada, refugees, migrants, undocumented peoples)
- people with disabilities (physical or mental and/or with pre-existing medical conditions)
- low income/fixed income, precariously employed, underemployed, or unemployed
- persons experiencing homelessness
- underhoused or precariously housed
- consumer survivors
- persons facing addiction challenges
- gender-based violence survivors
- incarcerated or formerly incarcerated persons
- persons who face cultural or religious discrimination
What happens if I am approved to receive honorariums?
- Successful applicants will be notified by July 3, 2020, 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 Guide by July 24, 2020, 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 August by mailed cheques (preferred option) or e-transfer.
- Consultation leaders are responsible for safely dispersing honorariums to each resident who participated.
Can I still participate in SPT's process if I don’t receive honorarium support?
Applicants who do not receive honorarium support can still participate! You can still engage residents in the TORR consultation process and submit their input to us by July 24, 2020. We will include this input in our submission of aggregate data to TORR.
Groups or residents who want to participate regardless of whether they receive honorarium support are urged to begin their consultations as soon as possible to meet the July 24 deadline for input.
Can I provide input to the TORR consultation in some other way than the SPT process?
Anyone can provide feedback directly to TORR. TORR launched its consultation process several weeks ago, inviting residents to give feedback (by survey or email) by June 30, 2020. For more information, read about their process and submission guidelines.
Many residents from Indigenous populations, equity-seeking groups, and/or vulnerable populations were unaware of this process or the tight timeline for submission. As a result, the TORR subsequently decided to engage SPT to assist with outreach to these residents (with an extended deadline of July 24, 2020, and using survey questions that have been modified based on input from community partners).
Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council