Where’s Home? 2008

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association release their annual housing study, known as Where’s Home? 2008.  This year’s version tracks a number of critical housing trends over the last decade in Ontario, such as rental housing availability and affordability, demand for rental housing as well as development of additional stock. The study also profiles 22 municipal markets in the province.

The report, media releases, and more information are available on our website.

Public Policy 201

A Primer for Non-Profit Organizations on the Role of Legislation in Reducing Poverty in Ontario.  

This workshop is designed to strengthen non-profits' understanding of public policy and how you can work with government to influence change. It is part of an ongoing Metcalf Foundation series for those in organizations who want to understand the policy process and would benefit from a forum for candid exchange of ideas. This session will use as a case study the poverty reduction bill that was introduced into Ontario’s legislature on February 25, 2009, and be of particular interest to those working on this issue.

Group Work with Changing Families

Adapting to new constellations of “family” and emerging “family issues”

Thursday March 26, 2009 
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Baycrest Hospital
3560 Bathurst Street, Wortsman Hall, Main Floor,
Toronto, Ontario

COST: Free

Panel discussion with:


PlanCamp will be an unconference focused on the planning, design, and governance of our cities. 

What is an Unconference?

From Wikipedia: "An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations."

Rising Inequality in Canada: A Problem for Public Policy?

The world has seen recent decades of rapid economic growth. Yet the fruits of this growth have not been shared equally. In Canada, after-tax income inequality was higher in the post-2000 period than any other point since 1976, with the gap also widening between the middle class and top income earners, caustically challenging the mythology of Canada as a “kinder, gentler” nation in the global context. With the deepening global financial crisis, governments have reached a critical juncture with respect to the convergence of social and economic outcomes. Whether the burden of any recession is felt by some social groups and countries more than others depends largely on public policy.

Innovative Approaches to Employment Training

Employment training programs are gaining increased funding in response to rising unemployment rates. Among the employment training programs that already exist, there are often challenges in creating successful, inclusive programs that result in real employment opportunities. The event will feature three examples of innovative employment training programs that address some of these challenges.

Monday, March 9th, 2009
10:00am – 12:30pm
The Raging Spoon 
761 Queen Street West

A free networking lunch will follow the event

Routes to belonging: the role of cities in the civic and political integration of immigrants.

Wednesday, March 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:00 noon
Where: From your desktop

To register:: [email protected]
For informationhttp://citiesofmigration.ca/integration-learning-exchange/calendar/


  • Ayse Özbabacan, Department for Integration Policy, City of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Cormac O’Donnel, Strategic Policy Manager, Intercultural Unit Dublin City Council (Ireland)
  • Kica Matos, Community Services Administrator City of New Haven, Connecticut (USA)

Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada

Monday, March 2, 2009 
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Intercontinental Hotel Yorkville
220 Bloor Street West
(wheelchair accessible)

Entrance: $5.00

Presentations by:

  • Cheryl Teelucksingh, author of Environmental Justice & Racism in Canada and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University
  • Jennifer Foulds, Communications Director and Pollution Watch web project lead at Environmental Defence

Leading the Way: Developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy for People with Disabilities

April 2 and 3, 2009
Central YMCA 

20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

Registration deadline is March 2, 2009

The ODSP Action Coalition presents this interactive two-day forum, exploring the kinds of changes needed to significantly reduce the poverty of people with disabilities in Ontario. While the Ontario government has presented a poverty reduction strategy with a commitment to reduce child poverty by 25% in 5 years, it needs more action for people with disabilities.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact Nancy Vander Plaats, [email protected] or visit http://www.odspaction.ca/story/conference-reducing-poverty-people-disabilities

A Systemic Approach to Social Change

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 
7:30 to 9:30 pm
OISE, Peace Lounge
7th Floor, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Admission: By donation - No registration required

An evening with Dominic Barter, focused on Restorative Circles. Successfully used in schools, neighbourhoods, organisations, and the criminal justice system in Brazil, Restorative Circles offer ways for individuals and communities to establish connection, discover meaning and recover power on profound levels. They create a forum for uncovering the human motives behind painful choices and enlisting the responsibility of the community to find effective strategies to meet pressing needs.

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