Updates

August 7 Deadline: Charitable Garbage Fee Waiver Program - Apply Now!

The City of Toronto has a program that allows eligible charitable organizations (faith groups and nonprofits) to have their garbage collection fees waived. However, we understand that many charitable organizations have not yet applied to the program. The City sent out bills to organizations in June. Whether you received a bill or not, we encourage all eligible charitable organizations to apply for the waiver program if you have not already done so.

The deadline to register and apply for the Waste Diversion Rate Waiver Program is Friday, August 7.

It is a multi-step process to become approved for a waiver. For this reason, we’re encouraging organizations to start the process immediately.

Step 1) Complete the pre-registration form immediately:  http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/wastewaiver/

Miss SPT’s Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in the 2015 Federal Election Forum? Videos are Online

SPT hosted the “Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in the 2015 Federal Election” forum on Tuesday, July 29th at the College Street United Church.

SPT Research Assistant Ramsen Yousif moderated the lively discussion with panelists: Laura Anthony of Samara Canada, Arjun Sahota of Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC), and Likwa Nkala of East Metro Youth Services. Over 70 youth, youth workers, and community leaders from across Toronto took part in the discussion on strategies to engage youth and overcoming barriers to youth participation.

SPT would like to thank our amazing panelists and participants, and the dedicated staff at College Street United Church for a great event.

Part 1/3 - Laura Anthony from Samara

SPT Announcement - Social Enterprise at Social Planning Toronto?

Social Enterprise at Social Planning Toronto?

The Board of Directors of Social Planning Toronto is pleased to announce that it is undertaking a process to consider an alignment with Public Interest, as a social enterprise.  Public Interest's well-respected work in social justice and community research complements the work of Social Planning Toronto and builds on existing and long-standing partnerships between both organizations.

SPT Forum - Promoting Youth Civic Engagement in the 2015 Federal Election

Join us on Tuesday, July 28 from 2-5 p.m. at the College Street United Church, 452 College Street, corner of College and Bathurst! (We've moved to College Street United Church in order to accommodate more people).

What? A forum to explore the barriers and opportunities to engage youth from a diversity of communities in the next federal election

When? Tuesday, July 28 from 2-5pm

Where? College Street United Church, 452 College Street (College and Bathurst)

Who? A wonderful panel -

Announcement – New Executive Director Social Planning Toronto

After a rigorous selection process, Social Planning Toronto is very pleased to announce that we have selected Sean Meagher as our new Executive Director.

Sean has a long history in community engagement and community development across Toronto, with a record of innovative and inclusive strategies that reflect Social Planning Toronto’s values and commitment.

Sean has, over the last 30 years, shown himself to be an effective advocate for public policy that creates a more equitable and inclusive city, often in collaboration with Social Planning Toronto.

SPT Inclusionary Zoning Forum - videos of all speakers available

On Thursday, May 21st, Social Planning Toronto hosted a forum at College Street United Church to discuss possibilities and prospects of Inclusionary Zoning programs and their effectiveness in
addressing an affordable housing crisis in Toronto.  70 people were in attendance and the event drew the attention of some media (including Metroland Media's - Inside Toronto).  SPT Board Member Brian Eng, who was behind the vision to organize the Inclusionary Zoning forum, moderated the discussion.

Join Us for SPT's Annual General Meeting & Social Justice Panel!

The Board of Directors of Social Planning Toronto invite you to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting & Social Justice Panel!

Tuesday, May 12th 2015, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Central YMCA of Greater Toronto Auditorium
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge St. two blocks north of College), Toronto

5:30 p.m. – Registration, Reception
6:00 p.m. – Business Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
7:45 p.m. - Question and Answer

Social Planning Toronto’s 2014 Year-end Review

Social Planning Toronto’s 2014 Year-end Review
Social Planning Toronto is pleased to release its year-end review highlighting its major accomplishments in 2014. Some highlights are:

  • Commitment to Community’s (C2C) successful campaign during the budget process
  • Civic engagement work around Provincial and Municipal elections
  • Big wins at the City Hall
  • City Council’s unanimous vote to develop a poverty reduction strategy for the City of Toronto

Put Food in the Budget - Annual Campaign Meeting - December 4, 2014

Thursday, Dec 4 : 11:00 – 4:30, Bathurst College United Church

452 College Street at Bathurst

(Lunch provided, TTC Tokens available)

7:00 PM - Celebration & Fundraiser with Harry Leslie Smith,

author of Harry’s Last Stand 519 Church Street Community Centre,  (519 Church Street at Wellesley)

$10/Person, $25 Solidarity Tickets

Join Put Food In The Budget In Toronto: Register at www.putfoodinthebudget.ca

Deputation Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act Social Planning Toronto 30 October 2014

Good afternoon, Chair and members of the Committee. My name is John Campey, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, a non-profit organization engaged in independent social planning, community research and policy analysis. I am also speaking on behalf of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, representing the fifteen Social Planning Councils from across the Province of Ontario.

As an organization committed to social and economic justice and equity, we would like to endorse the Worker’s Action Centre’s submission on Bill 18, the Strong Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act. We are very pleased that you have brought to the table the need for better protections for workers. We strongly support the several amendments to the Bill proposed by the Workers’ Action Centre, and would like to talk specifically about two of them.

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