Item - 2017.CD19.9

Tracking Status

CD19.9 - Refugees, Refugee Claimants and Undocumented Torontonians - Recent Trends and Issues

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 26, 27 and 28, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to extend the funding agreement with WoodGreen Community Services until March 31, 2019, to continue with the operation of the H.O.M.E. portal and expand its client base to include refugees and refugee claimants in the City's shelter system.
 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Human Resources, and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to create a mandatory training program to inform, educate and train all appropriate City staff and volunteers regarding access to City services for undocumented Torontonians.


3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work with City Divisions and community partners to conduct regular community audits to assess the City progress in providing customer service that is consistent with Council's commitment as a Sanctuary City and to report to the April 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the audit outcomes.

 

4.  City Council request the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to provide additional funding to the City of Toronto to better support these necessary programs, given the increased pressure on the shelter system, the Toronto Newcomer Office and social programming systems from refugee and refugee claimants.

 

5.  City Council request the Federal Government to increase the number of foreign-based (outside the country) refugees permitted in Canada.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 30, 2017) Report and Appendix A from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Refugees, Refugee Claimants and Undocumented Torontonians - Recent Trends and Issues
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-102520.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-27-2017 6:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD19.9 - Adopt Recommendation 1
Total members that voted Yes: 28 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-27-2017 6:37 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD19.9 - Adopt Recommendation 2
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Karygiannis, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-27-2017 6:38 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD19.9 - Adopt Recommendation 3
Total members that voted Yes: 27 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Mike Layton, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-27-2017 6:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD19.9 - Adopt Recommendation 4
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-27-2017 6:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD19.9 - Adopt Recommendation 5
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 9 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory

CD19.9 - Refugees, Refugee Claimants and Undocumented Torontonians - Recent Trends and Issues

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to extend the funding agreement with WoodGreen Community Services until March 31, 2019, to continue with the operation of the H.O.M.E. portal and expand its client base to include refugees and refugee claimants in the City's shelter system.
 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Human Resources, and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to create a mandatory training program to inform, educate and train all appropriate City staff and volunteers regarding access to City services for undocumented Torontonians.


3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work with City divisions and community partners to conduct regular community audits to assess the City progress in providing customer service that is consistent with Council's commitment as a Sanctuary City and to report to the April 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the audit outcomes.

 

4.  City Council request the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to provide additional funding to the City of Toronto to better support these necessary programs, given the increased pressure on the shelter system, the Toronto Newcomer Office and social programming systems from refugee and refugee claimants.

 

5.  City Council request the Federal Government to increase the number of foreign-based (outside the country) refugees permitted in Canada.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Manager, Toronto Newcomer Office, Social Development, Finance and Administration, played a short film created by Federica Foglia titled "Fantassút" for the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

Origin

(March 30, 2017) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

Over the past decade, there have been significant fluctuations in the number of newcomers to Toronto. From a considerable decline some five years ago, there has been a marked increase in arrivals in 2015 and 2016. While immigration policy is under federal and provincial jurisdiction, municipalities play a key role in how immigrants settle and integrate. Making appropriate municipal service adjustments will contribute to a faster and more efficient settlement experience.

 

This report provides an update on recent trends related to the refugee, refugee claimant and undocumented populations in Toronto, and the related impacts on City services, in particular the emergency shelter system. It also seeks to clarify the different categories of this population, and their eligibility to receive City services.

Background Information

(March 30, 2017) Report and Appendix A from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Refugees, Refugee Claimants and Undocumented Torontonians - Recent Trends and Issues
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-102520.pdf

Speakers

Federica Foglia
Derek Moran
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Neethan Shan
Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Ford (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to provide additional funding to the City of Toronto to better support these necessary programs, given the increased pressure on the shelter system, the Toronto Newcomer Office and social programming systems from refugee and refugee claimants.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Federal Government to increase the number of foreign-based (outside the country) refugees permitted in Canada.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-13-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Michael Ford
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.  Recommendation 3 in the report (March 30, 2017) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, be amended by adding the words "and to report to the April 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the audit outcomes" after the words "Sanctuary City" so that it now reads:

 

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work with City divisions and community partners to conduct regular community audits to assess the City progress in providing customer service that is consistent with Council's commitment as a Sanctuary City and to report to the April 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the audit outcomes.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council