Item - 2018.EX35.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 26, 2018 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on June 19, 2018 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on June 26, 2018.

EX35.1 - Creation of a Standing Committee on Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council amend the Standing Committee Mandates contained in City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures by:

 

a.  establishing a Housing Committee as a standing committee with the following mandate:

 

"The Housing Committee's primary focus is the housing and accommodation of Torontonians, with a mandate to monitor and make recommendation on housing and shelter in the City.";

 

b.  deleting the Affordable Housing Committee as a special committee of Council; and

 

c.  increasing the membership of the Executive Committee to accommodate the Chair of the Housing Committee.

 

2. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the City Clerk, to report to the July 23, 24 and 25, 2018 City Council meeting on the impact of the creation of a Housing Committee on the other seven standing committees, such report to contain options for maintaining the number of standing committees at seven.

 

3 In accordance with the notice provisions under Toronto Municipal Code section 27-9,  City Council deem Part 2 above to constitute notice of possible amendments to the standing committee composition and mandates contained in the procedure by-law.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(June 5, 2018) Letter and Appendix 1 from Mayor John Tory on Creation of a Standing Committee on Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116069.pdf
(June 12, 2018) Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116327.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 19, 2018) Letter from Daryl Chong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (EX.Supp.EX35.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-84952.pdf
(June 19, 2018) Submission from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (EX.New.EX35.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-85003.pdf
(June 19, 2018) E-mail from Eileen Denny (EX.New.EX35.1.3)

Communications (City Council)

(June 25, 2018) E-mail from Paul Dowling, HomeComing Community Choice Coalition (CC.New.EX35.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/comm/communicationfile-85165.pdf
(June 25, 2018) Letter from Tim Syrianos, President, Toronto Real Estate Board (CC.New.EX35.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/comm/communicationfile-85380.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the City Clerk, to report to the July 23, 24 and 25, 2018 City Council meeting on the impact of the creation of a Housing Committee on the other seven standing committees, such report to contain options for maintaining the number of standing committees at seven.

 

2. In accordance with the notice provisions under Toronto Municipal Code section 27-9,  City Council deem Part 1 above to constitute notice of possible amendments to the standing committee composition and mandates contained in the procedure by-law.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-28-2018 9:41 AM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - EX35.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Miganoush Megardichian, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

EX35.1 - Creation of a Standing Committee on Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council amend the Standing Committee Mandates contained in City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures by:

 

a.  establishing a Housing Committee as a standing committee with the following mandate:

 

"The Housing Committee's primary focus is the housing and accommodation of Torontonians, with a mandate to monitor and make recommendation on housing and shelter in the City.";

 

b.  deleting the Affordable Housing Committee as a special committee of Council;

 

c.  increase the membership of the Executive Committee to accommodate the Chair of the Housing Committee.

Origin

(June 5, 2018) Letter from Mayor John Tory

Summary

I am writing to recommend that City Council make adjustments to the mandates and composition of the standing committees for the next term of Council starting December 1, 2018.

 

The business of the City is currently divided across seven policy standing committees and the Executive Committee.  These committees meet on a monthly basis.

 

Under our Council Procedures, each Member of Council is required to serve on one of these seven committees or as one of the four at-large members of the Executive Committee.

 

This report recommends changing the number of standing committees to eight which will require some members in the next term of council to sit on two standing committees, and will see the Executive Committee's composition increased by one.

 

Housing and accommodation is a key priority to the success of our City as a whole in a time where the ability for Toronto residents to affordably live and work in our city is increasingly threatened. This committee will serve to coordinate housing and shelter services under one committee and will reflect the priorities of this Council in its governance structure.

 

If adopted, my recommendations would accomplish the following:

 

- Converting the Affordable Housing Committee from a special committee to a standing committee responsible for all housing, shelter and accommodation matters including those currently considered by the Community Development and Recreation Committee and the Tenant Issues Advisory Committee.

 
- Amending the mandate of the Community Development and Recreation Committee as follows:

 

- Transfer of shelter, accommodation and housing matters to the proposed Housing Committee.
 

The revised committee mandates as contained in the Council Procedures are attached as appendix 1.

 

Rationale:

 

1.  Converting the Affordable Housing Committee from a special committee to a standing committee.

 

Housing is a priority for the City of Toronto. The importance of this issue cannot be understated as affordability is threatened for residents of Toronto. Therefore a standing Housing committee will give this issue the attention and cross-divisional planning it requires.

Background Information

(June 5, 2018) Letter and Appendix 1 from Mayor John Tory on Creation of a Standing Committee on Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116069.pdf
(June 12, 2018) Public Notice
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116327.pdf

Communications

(June 19, 2018) Letter from Daryl Chong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (EX.Supp.EX35.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-84952.pdf
(June 19, 2018) Submission from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (EX.New.EX35.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-85003.pdf
(June 19, 2018) E-mail from Eileen Denny (EX.New.EX35.1.3)

Speakers

Pedro Barata, United Way Greater Toronto
Neil Hetherington
Daryl Chong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Apartment Association
Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (TAEH)

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-19-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Mary-Margaret McMahon, 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 Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council