Press Release: "The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW"

March 11, 2016

Community Groups across Ontario Tell the Province 
“The Time for Inclusionary Zoning is NOW”

March 11th, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Dozens of community groups and networks across Ontario are urging the Province to stop blocking municipalities from adopting inclusionary zoning policies to build desperately needed affordable housing. Through inclusionary zoning policies, cities and regions can create thousands of units of affordable housing within each new residential development.

Community groups tell Minister to stop stalling on inclusionary zoning

“Stop Stalling on Inclusionary Zoning, Let Us Build Housing”, communities tell Minister


Social Planning Toronto, ACORN, and Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton will be speaking to media about the urgent need for the Ontario government to allow municipalities the power to use inclusionary zoning policies to build new housing. In spite of the unrelenting call from city planners, community groups and political figures for many years, the Province continues to prohibit inclusionary zoning. In the latest call, 57 community groups and networks operating throughout Ontario called on the Province to act now on inclusionary zoning by moving either of the two private members’ bills (Bill 3 and Bill 39) already before the legislature.

Job Posting - Hub Coordinator - 1652 Keele St. Community Alliance

1652 Keele Street Community Alliance


Job Title: Hub Coordinator
Status: Part-time contract for 29 weeks (part of SPT bargaining unit)
Hours: 21 hours per week (flexible schedule that might include evenings)
Rate: $22.95 per hour plus benefits

BACKGROUND: The 1652 Keele Street Community Alliance (the Alliance) is a multi-sectoral group of five non-profit organizations, providing a diverse range of services in a City-owned building. The Alliance consists of 5 independent organizations:

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.
For more information please click here

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:

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