Open Letter: 57 Community Groups Call on the Ontario Government to Act Now on Inclusionary Zoning

Fifty-seven community groups, including Social Planning Toronto, came together to call on the Ontario Government to give municipalities the authority to implement inclusionary zoning policies and build much needed affordable housing. Through this legislation, municipalities would have the power to require developers to create affordable housing within any new residential development. Inclusionary zoning policies offer one important tool in the policy tool kit to address Ontario’s affordable housing crisis.

SPT Releases New Report on Newcomer Youth Access to Recreation

rec.jpgJust days before the City enters its week of recreation registration, Social Planning Toronto releases a report highlighting importance of access to recreation for newcomer youth and the barriers they face.

Despite the importance of recreation programs, in health and in settlement, research findings show that newcomer youth in Toronto face serious challenges accessing recreation. Finding information, navigating systems and locating relevant programs close to home are just a few of the obstacles that can prevent newcomer youth from participating in recreation.



SPT and TWCA hosting Civic Engagement Cafe

Social Planning Toronto and Toronto Women's City Alliance invite community leaders and their support workers to a Civic Engagement Café on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 9:30- 12:30 at Children's Aids Society of Toronto, 30 Isabella, 7th Floor auditorium.  This is a learning opportunity for community leaders to understand what is being proposed in 2016 budget, how much is allocated for Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy and what residents can do to shape the budget. This will also be a good opportunity to connect with other leaders who have been advocating for a strong poverty reduction plan for Toronto.
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Help SPT Set Its Future Directions and Priorities!

Social Planning Toronto is considering our future direction and priorities and how we can make a difference in Toronto in the next five years.  We are talking to organizations and individuals in the city and invite you to contribute your thoughts and ideas to our planning process.

We all know that social planning is important to the future of the city and the well-being of its residents.  We also know that the city is changing.  What does this mean for SPT?  What do we want to change? What impact do we want to have?  What should we focus on in the next five years? How should we do our work?

Experts Outline Solutions to Toronto’s Revenue Challenge


Experts Outline Solutions to Toronto’s Revenue Challenge

January 6th, (Toronto, ON) - Whether you look at it from the perspective of economics, community services or city building, experts gathered at City Hall agreed there are concrete steps the City can take to solve its revenue problems and get back on track building a world class city.

Widespread support for bold action and new investments in Budget 2016

On the eve of the 2016 Toronto Budget release, residents and city-building organizations across Toronto have come together to urge City Council to implement the city’s recently adopted Poverty Reduction Strategy and kick-start action in four priority areas: jobs, children, housing and transit.

SPT - City of Toronto Budget Forums Coming Up in January 2016

Social Planning Toronto is hosting five budget forums in January 2016.

Learn about what's in the 2016 City of Toronto budget for community services, poverty reduction strategy, public transit, housing and homelessness supports and much more ... Residents play a vital role in the budget process, so join us at one of the following forums to learn what's in the budget, what it means for communities and how you can get involved in this process:


There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Directors for a term that runs until May of 2017 and Social Planning Toronto is seeking nominations to fill that vacancy.

Further information is here

Nomination form available here

New Video: Inclusionary Zoning Press Conference

Check out new video from the November 9 Inclusionary Zoning Press Conference organized by Social Planning Toronto, Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton and ACORN.

Read 'Lift the Ban' on Inclusionary Zoning, SPT's submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy

Read news coverage on Inclusionary Zoning: CP24 and Inside Toronto


Press Release: Community Groups and Toronto City Councillor say “Lift the Ban” - let us build affordable housing

November 9th, (Toronto, ON) – Social Planning Toronto, ACORN, and Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton have come together to call on the provincial government to give municipalities the freedom to enact inclusionary zoning policies. Despite widespread support for this important tool for creating affordable housing, including a Liberal Private Member’s Bill calling for these powers, the Province’s Bill 73, Smart Growth for our Communities Act, fails to allow municipalities badly needed inclusionary zoning powers.

Groups call for an immediate change to the bill to lift the restrictions that stop municipalities from implementing inclusionary zoning.

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