Item - 2013.CD24.4

Tracking Status

CD24.4 - Welcome Policy Review of Usage and Subsidy Amount

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 13, 14, 15 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council amend the Welcome Policy to include indexing of the individual annual credit to align with future increases in recreation user fees.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to review language accessibility of the website and application procedures for the Welcome Policy and implement changes as needed to ensure equitable access to residents whose first language is not English.

 

3.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to ensure broad dissemination of information on the Welcome Policy and to consider advertising in "Welcome Home: A Guide for Services for Tenants".

Background Information (Committee)

(October 11, 2013) Report with Appendices A and B from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation on Welcome Policy Review of Usage and Subsidy Amount
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-62548.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 28, 2013) Submission from Mark J. Richardson (CD.New.CD24.4.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to review language accessibility of the website and application procedures for the Welcome Policy and implement changes as needed to ensure equitable access to residents whose first language is not English.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to ensure broad dissemination of information on the Welcome Policy and to consider advertising in "Welcome Home: A Guide for Services for Tenants".

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Nov-14-2013 6:56 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD24.4 - Ainslie - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Doug Ford, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Nov-14-2013 6:57 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD24.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Doug Ford, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

CD24.4 - Welcome Policy Review of Usage and Subsidy Amount

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend the Welcome Policy to include indexing of the individual annual credit to align with future increases in recreation user fees.

Origin

(October 11, 2013) Report from General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation

Summary

City Council adopted Parks, Forestry and Recreation's 2013-2017 Recreation Service Plan in November 2012.  The Plan will guide City of Toronto's planning and delivery of recreation programs and services over the next five years.  An Implementation Plan was approved in July 2013.

 

This report responds to the direction to review Welcome Policy usage under the new credit-based system.  The review showed that the Welcome Policy conversion was successful in substantially increasing the number of Welcome Policy recipients and registrations.  Approximately 15,000 additional low-income residents have accessed the Welcome Policy since the conversion in September 2012.  This report recommends that the Welcome Policy individual annual credit for children, youth, adults and seniors be indexed to match inflationary and market-based increases approved for recreation user fees.

 

This report was informed by an extensive engagement process during the fall of 2013 that included input from more than 500 active Welcome Policy users, other recreation users and community providers.  Input was received through an online survey, in-person and phone surveys, and focus groups.

Background Information

(October 11, 2013) Report with Appendices A and B from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation on Welcome Policy Review of Usage and Subsidy Amount
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-62548.pdf

Communications

(October 28, 2013) Submission from Mark J. Richardson (CD.New.CD24.4.1)

Speakers

Mark J. Richardson
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council