Item - 2018.EX35.46

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 26, 2018 without 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.

EX35.46 - One-Time Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Additional Staffing and Supplies for Supervised Injection Services at 277 Victoria Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted

City Council Decision

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

 

1.  City Council increase the Toronto Public Health 2018 Approved Operating Budget by $237.4 thousand gross, $0 net, and four temporary positions, with an annualized impact of $48.3 thousand gross and $0 net in 2019, to reflect 100 percent one-time provincial funding for harm reduction at the supervised injection service at 277 Victoria Street.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EX35.46 and HL27.1 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 15, 2018) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc on One-Time Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Additional Staffing and Supplies for Supervised Injection Services at 277 Victoria Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116984.pdf
Appendix 1 - Funding Letter from Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-117001.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-27-2018 6:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX35.46 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Norman Kelly, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Miganoush Megardichian, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Christin Carmichael Greb, Joe Cressy, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza

EX35.46 - One-Time Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Additional Staffing and Supplies for Supervised Injection Services at 277 Victoria Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council increase the Toronto Public Health 2018 Approved Operating Budget by $237.4 thousand gross, $0 net, and four temporary positions, with an annualized impact of $48.3 thousand gross and $0 net in 2019, to reflect 100 percent one-time provincial funding for harm reduction at the supervised injection service at 277 Victoria Street.

Origin

(June 15, 2018) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc

Summary

I am writing to recommend that City Council make adjustments to the 2018 budget to permit acceptance of $285,700 in additional one-time 100 percent provincial funding for the 2018-19 funding year for additional staffing and supplies for Toronto Public Health's Supervised Injection Service (SIS) at 277 Victoria Street.

 

Toronto continues to be in the midst of an opioid poisoning emergency. Rates of fatal opioid poisoning and emergency room visits related to opioid poisoning are increasing.

 

In March 2017, the Board of Health endorsed the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, which provides a comprehensive set of actions to prevent and respond to overdoses, targeted to all levels of government. The Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Public Health staff have worked with other City divisions and community and institutional partners to implement the Action Plan recommendations.  

 

While considerable work has been done, the situation remains urgent, and more must be done. Toronto Public Health remains committed to working with our partners to scale up our response to this public health crisis in our community and enable service providers to implement actions, as recommended in the Action Plan. This funding will enable Toronto Public Health to hire four temporary outreach workers to enhance harm reduction outreach services in Toronto with an initial focus around the Supervised Injection Service and the Downtown East.

 

The letter from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term for this one-time 100 percent provincial funding enhancement is attached as Appendix 1.

Background Information

(June 15, 2018) Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc on One-Time Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Additional Staffing and Supplies for Supervised Injection Services at 277 Victoria Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-116984.pdf
Appendix 1 - Funding Letter from Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-117001.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Add New Business at Committee moved by Councillor Gary Crawford (Carried)

2 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor David Shiner (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council