Item - 2017.ED22.6

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 4, 2017 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Economic Development Committee on May 30, 2017 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 4, 2017.

ED22.6 - Supporting the Growth of Toronto's Fashion Sector

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 4, 5, 6  and 7, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to:

 

a.  in consultation with the fashion industry establish a Fashion Industry Advisory Panel, with a City Councillor from the Economic Development Committee and an industry member as Co-Chairs, to advise the Economic Development and Culture Division, and to report back to the Economic Development Committee annually on the panel's activities and accomplishments;

 

b. forward a copy of the survey recommendations regarding a new model for Toronto fashion week to the various fashion week event organizers for their information and consideration;

 

c. forward a copy of the best practices identified by the respondents to the Toronto fashion industry survey to the Fashion Industry Advisory Panel, once established, to determine those that could benefit Toronto's fashion sector; and

 

d. continue to work with the fashion industry to address key short-term issues identified in the survey that impact the industry's growth, including: increased support for entrepreneurship, export development assistance, and support for hiring skilled labour, among others.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 18, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Supporting the Growth of Toronto's Fashion Sector
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-103884.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Carried)

That City Council amend Economic Development Committee Recommendation 1.a. by adding the words "with a City Councillor from the Economic Development Committee and an industry member as Co-Chairs" after the word "Panel" so that it now reads as follows:

 

a.  in consultation with the fashion industry establish a Fashion Industry Advisory Panel, with a City Councillor from the Economic Development Committee and an industry member as Co-Chairs, to advise the Economic Development and Culture Division, and report back to the Economic Development Committee annually on the panel's activities and accomplishments;


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-05-2017 2:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - ED22.6 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, 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, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Michelle Holland, Norman Kelly, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, John Tory

ED22.6 - Supporting the Growth of Toronto's Fashion Sector

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic Development Committee, recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to:

 

a.  in consultation with the fashion industry establish a Fashion Industry Advisory Panel, to advise the Economic Development and Culture Division, and report back to the Economic Development Committee annually on the panel's activities and accomplishments;

 

b. forward a copy of the survey recommendations regarding a new model for Toronto fashion week to the various fashion week event organizers for their information and consideration;

 

c. forward a copy of the best practices identified by the respondents to the Toronto fashion industry survey to the Fashion Industry Advisory Panel, once established, to determine those that could benefit Toronto's fashion sector; and

 

d. continue to work with the fashion industry to address key short-term issues identified in the survey that impact the industry's growth, including: increased support for entrepreneurship, export development assistance, and support for hiring skilled labour, among others.

Origin

(May 18, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture

Summary

In July 2016, IMG announced it was cancelling Toronto Fashion Week. Many were concerned, and Council requested that the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture undertake a consultation with the fashion sector to determine what impact this cancellation would have on the sector, and to identify industry best practices and next steps. In December 2016, a fashion industry roundtable was held with key sector stakeholders and a Working Group was created to assist staff with the consultation process. The results of the roundtable helped to inform a broader online survey undertaken in April 2017. Completed surveys were received from 350 members of Toronto's fashion industry. This report provides a summary of the industry's views on key issues, and recommendations for actions to help support the growth of Toronto's fashion sector.

Background Information

(May 18, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Supporting the Growth of Toronto's Fashion Sector
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-103884.pdf

Speakers

Rick Frayne
Kathy Cheng, Founder and President, Redwood Classics Apparel
Anjli Patel, Blue Chip Fashion
Robin Kay, Founder/Toronto Fashion Week, President/Fashion Design Council of Canada
Ashlee Froese, Fashion Lawyer
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-30-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council