Item - 2019.EX8.7

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 2, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on September 18, 2019 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 2, 2019.
  • See also 2018.MM44.14

EX8.7 - Creating a Gender Equity Strategy and Gender Equality Office for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 2 and 3, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief People Officer, People and Equity to develop a City of Toronto Gender Equity Strategy and report to City Council with the strategy in the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

2.  City Council express its support for establishing a Gender Equity Unit in 2020 within People and Equity at the City of Toronto to develop the Gender Equity Strategy.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager to include the new and enhanced request of $283,132 gross and net for the establishment of 2 permanent full-time positions to staff the Gender Equity Unit within People and Equity and $50,000 gross and net to conduct Community Consultations, for a total of $333,132 gross and net in the City Manager's Office 2020 Budget Submission for consideration as part of the 2020 Operating Budget process.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 4, 2019) Report from the Chief People Officer on Creating a Gender Equity Strategy and Gender Equality Office for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137127.pdf
Appendix A - Jurisdictional Scan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137128.pdf
Appendix B - A Profile of Gender Inequities in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137130.pdf
Appendix C - City of Toronto Gender Equity Initiatives Currently Underway
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137173.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX8.7.1)
(September 12, 2019) E-mail from Beverley Wybrow (EX.Supp.EX8.7.2)
(September 13, 2019) E-mail from Saadia Muzaffar (EX.Supp.EX8.7.3)
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (EX.Supp.EX8.7.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-96965.pdf
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Robin Buxton Potts (EX.Supp.EX8.7.5)
(September 17, 2019) Multiple Communications from 1331 individuals, with the subject line: "I support the Gender Equity Strategy and Office (EX8.7)" (EX.Supp.EX8.7.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97035.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from Sonja Greckol on behalf of Toronto Women's City Alliance (EX.Supp.EX8.7.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97037.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from Devikah Shah Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto (EX.Supp.EX8.7.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97015.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from 56 persons, submitted by Anjum Sultana, Millennial Womxn in Policy (EX.Supp.EX8.7.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97041.pdf
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Anjum Sultana (EX.Supp.EX8.7.10)
(September 18, 2019) Letter from 30 persons, submitted by Leila Sarangi, Campaign 2000 (EX.Supp.EX8.7.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97046.pdf
(September 17, 2019) E-mail from Ann Decter, Director and Andrea Gunraj, Vice-President, Public Engagement, Canadian Women's Foundation (EX.Supp.EX8.7.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97047.pdf
(September 17, 2019) E-mail from Sandra Tam (EX.Supp.EX8.7.13)

Communications (City Council)

(September 25, 2019) Multiple Communications from 402 individuals with the subject line: "I support the Gender Equity Strategy and Office (EX8.7)" (CC.Main.EX8.7.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-97386.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-02-2019 4:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.7 adopt item
Total members that voted Yes: 19 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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 Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson

EX8.7 - Creating a Gender Equity Strategy and Gender Equality Office for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief People Officer, People and Equity to develop a City of Toronto Gender Equity Strategy and report to City Council with the strategy in the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

2.  City Council express its support for establishing a Gender Equity Unit in 2020 within People and Equity at the City of Toronto to develop the Gender Equity Strategy.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager to include the new and enhanced request of $283,132 gross and net for the establishment of 2 permanent full-time positions to staff the Gender Equity Unit within People and Equity and $50,000 gross and net to conduct Community Consultations, for a total of $333,132 gross and net in the City Manager's Office 2020 Budget Submission for consideration as part of the 2020 Operating Budget process.

Origin

(September 4, 2019) Report from the Chief People Officer, People and Equity

Summary

This report responds to 2018.MM44.14, Creating an Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy and Gender Equality Office for Toronto. It seeks approval of the plan outlined in this report to develop a Gender Equity Strategy for advancing an intersectional gender-based lens into City programs and services, and internal workforce initiatives, along with the establishment of a Gender Equity Unit to lead the development and ongoing sustainment of the strategy.

 

Several cities around the world have initiatives and/or strategies to embed a gender-based analysis into local municipal service planning and programs (see Appendix A for a jurisdictional scan).

 

Gender inequities still persist in Toronto as evidenced by research and the experiences of diverse women, girls, trans and non-binary people (see Appendix B for a profile of gender inequities in Toronto). A Gender Equity Strategy would demonstrate the City of Toronto's commitment to eliminating intersectional gender inequities experienced by Torontonians, allow for the development of new partnerships to shift the landscape, and track progress on reducing and/or eliminating gender inequities in the city, while ensuring public transparency and accountability.

 

This report recommends the establishment of a Gender Equity Unit within People and Equity to lead the development of the strategy in the following areas:

 

- develop tools and strategies for addressing intersectional gender equity in key areas such as housing, shelter, governance, transit planning, recreation, urban planning, youth, violence against women, affordable child care and budgeting;


- work with People and Equity's recently established Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group to inform the development of the strategy;


- further integrate a more fulsome intersectional gender equity analysis within the City's annual Equity-Responsive Budgeting (Gender-Responsive Budgeting) process;


- align the Disaggregated Data Strategy with an intersectional gender equity lens;


- solicit public input from diverse women, girls, trans and non-binary Torontonians to inform priorities, outcome measures and the establishment of an ongoing advisory committee;


- develop an educational program to ensure a consistent intersectional gender-based framework is applied by City staff into program planning, service delivery, and policy development;


- develop a results-based accountability framework to measure progress; and

 

- identify and establish partnerships with key sectors.

Background Information

(September 4, 2019) Report from the Chief People Officer on Creating a Gender Equity Strategy and Gender Equality Office for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137127.pdf
Appendix A - Jurisdictional Scan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137128.pdf
Appendix B - A Profile of Gender Inequities in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137130.pdf
Appendix C - City of Toronto Gender Equity Initiatives Currently Underway
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137173.pdf

Communications

(September 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX8.7.1)
(September 12, 2019) E-mail from Beverley Wybrow (EX.Supp.EX8.7.2)
(September 13, 2019) E-mail from Saadia Muzaffar (EX.Supp.EX8.7.3)
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (EX.Supp.EX8.7.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-96965.pdf
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Robin Buxton Potts (EX.Supp.EX8.7.5)
(September 17, 2019) Multiple Communications from 1331 individuals, with the subject line: "I support the Gender Equity Strategy and Office (EX8.7)" (EX.Supp.EX8.7.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97035.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from Sonja Greckol on behalf of Toronto Women's City Alliance (EX.Supp.EX8.7.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97037.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from Devikah Shah Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto (EX.Supp.EX8.7.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97015.pdf
(September 17, 2019) Letter from 56 persons, submitted by Anjum Sultana, Millennial Womxn in Policy (EX.Supp.EX8.7.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97041.pdf
(September 16, 2019) E-mail from Anjum Sultana (EX.Supp.EX8.7.10)
(September 18, 2019) Letter from 30 persons, submitted by Leila Sarangi, Campaign 2000 (EX.Supp.EX8.7.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97046.pdf
(September 17, 2019) E-mail from Ann Decter, Director and Andrea Gunraj, Vice-President, Public Engagement, Canadian Women's Foundation (EX.Supp.EX8.7.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-97047.pdf
(September 17, 2019) E-mail from Sandra Tam (EX.Supp.EX8.7.13)

Speakers

Harmy Mendoza, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
Saman Tabasi Nejad, Progress Toronto
Leila Sarangi, Family Service Toronto
Anjum Sultana, Millennial Womxn in Policy
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, YWCA Toronto
Miguel Avila-Velarde
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

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

Vote (Adopt Item) Sep-18-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Frances Nunziata, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council