Housing Policy Forum Series

Beginning in May, we will be holding a series of policy forums covering a range of issues related to housing in Toronto.

Join us and hear from a panel of leaders on this issue and join in a discussion with housing stakeholders.

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Over 30 Organizations Urge Housing Minister Not To Backtrack On Inclusionary Zoning Commitment

In an open letter to the Hon. Chris Ballard, provincial Minister of Housing, over 30 community and nonprofit housing organizations from across Ontario pressed the Government to follow through on its commitment to implement ‘Inclusionary Zoning’— a policy that enables municipalities to require new developments to include affordable housing.

Call for Nominations to the Social Planning Toronto Board of Directors

Social Planning Toronto is an incorporated and registered non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to:

  • independent social planning and community development;
  • social research and policy analysis;
  • community education and advocacy; and
  • the development and coordination of human services.

Social Planning Toronto is governed by a 15-person volunteer Board of Directors elected by its individual community and organizational membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Social Planning Toronto’s Annual General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at Artscape – Daniels Spectrum – 585 Dundas St. East. There will be 3 vacancies on the Board of Directors. This is a call for nominations to fill these vacancies at the AGM.

Central Etobicoke Feasibility Study Now Available

The purpose of this survey is to better understand the dynamics of Central Etobicoke. This survey will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers and your answers will be kept confidential. We will not share your personal answers with anyone but a summary of the findings will be published in a report. Your participation is voluntary; you do not have to fill out this survey if you don’t want to. You will not lose any services or be negatively impacted in any way if you do not wish to participate.

Call for Nominations for the 2017 Frances Lankin Community Service Award

The Frances Lankin Award was established in 2011 by Social Planning Toronto on the occasion of Frances Lankin’s retirement from United Way Toronto. It is to be awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant, sustained contribution to the non-profit community sector in the City of Toronto.

A Really Simple 2017 City Budget Wrap Up

This year the City budget saw a dizzying series of ups and downs, and it was easy to lose track of where things stood. Social Planning Toronto members have told us that City Budgets have a big impact on them, but they don’t have the time or resources to effectively track the ebb and flow of policy decisions. That’s why we work to make the City’s budget more transparent and the process more engaging.

Faith Leaders stage mock shelter at City Hall, point to beyond-capacity homelessness and housing crisis

One day before City Council debates and votes on its 2017 Budget, prominent Toronto faith leaders helped stage a mock homeless shelter at City Hall, and called for the City to act on the shelter and housing crisis.

New census report shows Toronto faces unprecedented density surge, leaving city struggling to keep pace

This page now links to an updated report, with adjustments to the table legends. (February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm)

Census data released days ago shows a sharp increase in population density in key areas of Toronto, with significant implications on the City and its residents. A new report from Social Planning Toronto says the city’s increasing density is putting the City’s planning and community services to the test. The report finds that areas of the city experiencing growth due to new developments often struggle with lack of transit, greenspaces and community services.

Over 30 agencies call upon Mayor Tory to immediately open more shelter space as temperature drops

Today, Social Planning Toronto was joined by 30 nonprofit organizations and agencies in addressing a letter to Mayor John Tory pressing him to open more homeless shelter space. Responding to dropping temperatures and badly overcrowded shelters, the letter stated the urgent need to safeguard against the increased risk of exposure and death for homeless individuals this winter.

Social Planning Toronto announces alignment with Public Interest

For 60 Years, Social Planning Toronto has sought to build a fairer, more inclusive Toronto through policy research, analysis and public engagement. But Toronto is growing, changing and facing challenges that have not been seen in its history.

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