Item - 2014.CD27.9

Tracking Status

CD27.9 - Developing a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 1, 2 and 3, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the City Manager to develop a City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy should:

 

a.         include input from any and all City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations that may contribute to its development;

 

b.         include broad public consultation in its development;

 

c.         be developed in 2014 with a report back in time for the 2015 Budget process;

 

d.         be primarily focused on actions and ideas for the City of Toronto with its Agencies and Corporations to implement, as well as areas where inter-governmental advocacy is required, and those where leadership from the community sector and other partners is needed;

 

e.         be guided in development by high level staff and community steering committees to be established by the City Manager; and

 

f.          identify indicators to track progress of the strategy.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 3, 2014) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, St. Paulís West on Developing a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-67375.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 14, 2014) Letter from Sharon Simpson, Special Projects, Labour Community Services (CD.New.CD27.9.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45913.pdf
(March 17, 2014) Letter from John Campey, Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto (CD.New.CD27.9.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45917.pdf
(March 17, 2014) Submission from Diane Dyson, Director, Research and Public Policy, Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto (APT) (CD.New.CD27.9.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45922.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(March 17, 2014) Letter from Tim Maguire, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 79 (CC.Main.CD27.9.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-46056.pdf
(March 24, 2014) Letter from Sevaun Palvetzian, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Action, submitted by Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 St. Paul's (CC.Supp.CD27.9.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-46246.pdf
(April 1, 2014) Petition from Faith in the City, submitted by Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 - St. Paul's, during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting and containing the signatures of approximately 518 persons. (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-03-2014 9:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD27.9 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Peter Leon, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 19 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

CD27.9 - Developing a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that City Council request the City Manager to develop a City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy should:

 

a.         Include input from any and all City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations that may contribute to its development;

 

b.         Include broad public consultation in its development;

 

c.         Be developed in 2014 with a report back in time for the 2015 Budget process;

 

d.         Be primarily focused on actions and ideas for the City of Toronto with its Agencies and Corporations to implement, as well as areas where inter-governmental advocacy is required, and those where leadership from the community sector and other partners is needed;

 

e.         Be guided in development by high level staff and community steering committees to be established by the City Manager; and

 

f.         Identify indicators to track progress of the strategy.

Origin

(March 3, 2014) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, St. Paulís West

Summary

Numerous reports have identified poverty and social exclusion as key issues that require community and governmental attention. The Toronto Community Foundation's 2013 Vital Signs reports that "more than 1 million Torontonians live in low-income neighbourhoods (20% or more below average incomes) and the polarization of wealth and poverty is deepening." Another indicator is "the growing problem of food insecurity— running out of food, limited access to culturally appropriate foods, compromising quality or quantity or even going days without meals. In housing, a third poverty indicator, the report noted, "72,696 eligible Toronto households were waiting for affordable housing at the end of 2012; that’s 3,354 more than in 2011, and a 44% increase since 2004." The number is even greater at the end of 2013.

 

United Way Toronto's 2013 report "It's More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Wellbeing" highlights the impacts on social wellbeing, family life, and overall prosperity of low wage, unstable, and precarious work. UWT’s work has also highlighted the growing concentration of poverty in inner suburban neighbourhoods. "Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the City of Toronto," a new report from Social Planning Toronto and the Alliance for a Poverty Free Toronto begins to outline a policy framework to tackle poverty at the city level here in Toronto. As a city, we should take up that work.

Background Information

(March 3, 2014) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, St. Paulís West on Developing a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-67375.pdf

Communications

(March 14, 2014) Letter from Sharon Simpson, Special Projects, Labour Community Services (CD.New.CD27.9.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45913.pdf
(March 17, 2014) Letter from John Campey, Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto (CD.New.CD27.9.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45917.pdf
(March 17, 2014) Submission from Diane Dyson, Director, Research and Public Policy, Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto (APT) (CD.New.CD27.9.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-45922.pdf

Speakers

Steve Barnes, Policy Analyst, Wellesley Institute
Michael Rosenberg
Pedro Barata, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, United Way Toronto
Diane Dyson, Director, Research & Public Policy, Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto (APT) (Submission Filed)
Sharon Simpson, Labour Community Services
Joe Abbey-Colborne, Faith in the City
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

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