Item - 2015.EX8.39

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on September 30, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on September 21, 2015 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on September 30, 2015.

EX8.39 - Syrian Refugee Crisis - Options for a City of Toronto Resettlement Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on September 30 and October 1, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council approve the proposed activities of the City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program outlined under the following categories in this report:

 

Mobilization and Preparedness

 

1. Inter-Divisional Team

 

2. Inter-Agency Task Force

 

3. Anti-rumours Campaign

 

4. Continued Support to Lifeline Syria, including exploration of an Assurance Fund

 

Post-Arrival Supports

 

5. Settlement Supports through City Divisions

 

6. Settlement Services in City Facilities

 

7. Online Sector Supports

 

8. Continued Coordination through the Inter-divisional Team and Inter-agency

Task Force

 

9. Ongoing Support to Lifeline Syria and other Community Agencies

 

10. Inter-governmental Coordination. 

 

2.  City Council approve a one-time allocation of $0.600 million from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve (XQ0703) to fund the settlement program.

 

3.  City Council approve an increase of $0.025 million gross and zero net to the 2015 Approved Operating Budget and include the remainder of $0.575 million gross and zero net in the 2016 Operating Budget Submission for Social Development and Finance Administration.

 

4.  City Council request Citizenship and Immigration Canada to provide the funding required to support the successful resettlement of Syrian refugees in Toronto.

 

5.  City Council request Mayor Tory to forward a letter to the Prime Minister requesting funding assistance for the City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program in areas such as affordable housing, social assistance and child care.

 

6.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back to City Council in January 2016 on the progress of the implementation of the program expansion.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor Joe Cressy on Request for Report on Options for a City of Toronto Resettlement Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83502.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gary Crawford (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 3 by deleting the words "the addition of one temporary staff complement and" so that it now reads as follows:

 

3. City Council approve an increase of $0.025 million gross and zero net to the 2015 Approved Operating Budget and include the remainder of $0.575 million gross and zero net in the 2016 Operating Budget Submission for Social Development and Finance Administration (SDFA).

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-02-2015 11:09 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.39 - Crawford - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Pam McConnell, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Josh Colle, Mary Fragedakis, David Shiner

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

That City Council request Mayor Tory to forward a letter to the Prime Minister requesting funding assistance for the City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program in areas such as affordable housing, social assistance and child care.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-02-2015 11:11 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.39 - Mammoliti - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mary Fragedakis

3a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Redundant)

That Executive Committee Recommendation 3 be amended by deleting the word "temporary" and the words "include the remainder of $0.75 million gross and zero net" and replacing them with the words "permanent" and " include the necessary funding for this permanent position" so that the recommendation would now read:

 

3.  City Council approve the addition of one permanent staff complement and an increase of $0.025 million gross and zero net to the 2015 Approved Operating Budget and include the necessary funding for this permanent position in the 2016 Operating Budget Submission for Social Development and Finance Administration (SDFA).

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 3a by Councillor Karygiannis redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 1 by Councillor Crawford.


3b - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Lost)

That motion 2 by Councillor Mammoliti be amended by adding the words "to the levels of the pre-2005 Federal Budget" so that the motion would now read:

 

That City Council request Mayor Tory to forward a letter to the Prime Minister requesting funding assistance to the levels of the pre-2005 Federal Budget for the City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program in areas such as affordable housing, social assistance and child care.

Vote (Amend Motion) Oct-02-2015 11:10 AM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX8.39 - Karygiannis - motion 3b
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 22 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mary Fragedakis

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adopt item as amended as it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendations 1 to 5 as amended.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-02-2015 11:13 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.39 - as it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendations 1 - 5 as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mary Fragedakis

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Lost)

Adopt item as amended as it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendation 6.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-02-2015 11:14 AM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX8.39 - Adopt the item as amended only as it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendation 6
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Michelle Berardinetti, Christin Carmichael Greb, Vincent Crisanti, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 32 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mary Fragedakis

Point of Order by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong, rising on a Point of Order, stated that when an item which has been held is made time specific, that the Member who is holding the item should be informed.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that staff should let Councillor Ford's office know that Item TE10.12 will be considered immediately following Item EX8.39.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziate ruled Councillor Perks' questions out of order and Speaker Nunziata requested Councillor Perks only ask questions on clarification of the motion.

39a - City of Toronto Resettlement Program

Background Information (Committee)
(September 17, 2015) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on City of Toronto Resettlement Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83896.pdf

EX8.39 - Syrian Refugee Crisis - Options for a City of Toronto Resettlement Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council approve the proposed activities of the City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program outlined under the following categories in this report :

 

Mobilization and Preparedness

 

1. Inter-Divisional Team

 

2. Inter-Agency Task Force

 

3. Anti-rumours Campaign

 

4. Continued Support to Lifeline Syria, including exploration of an Assurance

Fund

 

Post-Arrival Supports

 

5. Settlement Supports through City Divisions

 

6. Settlement Services in City Facilities

 

7. Online Sector Supports

 

8. Continued Coordination through the Inter-divisional Team and Inter-agency

Task Force

 

9. Ongoing Support to Lifeline Syria and other Community Agencies

 

10. Inter-governmental Coordination

 

2.  City Council approve a one-time allocation of $0.600 million from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve (XQ0703) to fund the settlement program.

 

3.  City Council approve the addition of one temporary staff complement and an increase of $0.025 million gross and zero net to the 2015 Approved Operating Budget and include the remainder of $0.575 million gross and zero net in the 2016 Operating Budget Submission for Social Development and Finance Administration (SDFA).
 
4.  City Council request that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provide the funding required to support the successful resettlement of Syrian refugees in Toronto.

 

5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back to the City Council on the progress of the implementation of the program expansion in January 2016.

 

6.  City Council convey to the Government of Canada the need to continue and, if necessary, enlarge the military and non-military support needed to assist in resolving the conflict in the Middle East along with many of our partner countries currently participating in the coalition.

Origin

(September 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor Joe Cressy

Summary

For years we have witnessed the growing Syrian refugee crisis unfold.  This crisis is not simply a Syrian or European issue, it is a humanitarian issue that requires all of us to open our homes and borders. 


The photos and stories of the tragic events over the last few days have indeed shaken us all to our core.  The tragedy is simply hard to comprehend.  Our country and city has a history of opening our borders and homes as global citizens during times of crisis.  It is now time for us to do so again.

 

The City of Toronto has a history of responding to refugee crises when they arise.  After the 2004 Tsunami that devastated nations around the Indian Ocean, our City responded and created a program to directly support refugees connected to the disaster.  Like we have in the past, in times like these, we must act.

 

Whether it is providing enhanced logistical support to NGO efforts to assist Syrian refugees, increased support for private sponsorships, or greater coordination of City programs (housing support, income assistance, employment supports, and others), we must come together and do all we can to assist during this crisis.

Background Information

(September 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor Joe Cressy on Request for Report on Options for a City of Toronto Resettlement Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83502.pdf

Speakers

Ratna Omidvar, Ryerson University
Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Carried)

That City Council convey to the Government of Canada the need to continue and, if necessary, enlarge the military and non-military support needed to assist in resolving the conflict in the Middle East along with many of our partner countries currently participating in the coalition.

Ruling by Mayor John Tory
Mayor Tory ruled Motion 1 by Councillor Berardinetti in order.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That Recommendations 1, 2, 4, and 5 in the report (September 17, 2015) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration be adopted.

Vote (Amend Item) Sep-21-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That Recommendation 3 in the report (September 17, 2015)  from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration be adopted.

Vote (Amend Item) Sep-21-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner

4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

39a - City of Toronto Resettlement Program

Origin
(September 17, 2015) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration
Summary

As of early September 2015, more than four million Syrians have fled their country due to the ongoing conflict in the region. With no prospect of returning home in the near future, and limited opportunity to rebuild their lives in their current conditions, tens of thousands of Syrian and other refugees have recently continued with their flight in attempt to reach the safety and stability of Western Europe. In doing so, they often put themselves in life-threatening situations, while overwhelming the refugee-reception capacity of receiving countries and other countries along the way. With the winter approaching, world leaders are struggling to find solutions to this growing humanitarian crisis.

 

This report responds to Councillor Cressy's request for investigation into options for a City of Toronto Syrian refugee resettlement program, and outlines a number of immediate and longer-term measures for the City to take.

Background Information
(September 17, 2015) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on City of Toronto Resettlement Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83896.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council