Item - 2020.EX17.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 27, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on October 21, 2020 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 27, 2020.

EX17.1 - Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 27, 28 and 30, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council formally re-iterate its request for COVID-19 funding support from Phase 2 of the Provincial Safe Restart Program to offset the City's COVID-19 financial impacts to the City, following offsets generated by the City primarily through cost mitigation strategies.
 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to engage with the Federal and Provincial Governments to obtain funding commitments to fully address remaining COVID-19 related financial impacts anticipated in 2021 to avoid reductions to transit service, service levels across all City operations and programs.

 

3. City Council direct the City Manager to initiate dialogue with Federal, Provincial and Regional Officials to convene a strategic Federal-Provincial-Municipal Intergovernmental Table on recovery and renewal, to take a whole of governments approach to addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social determinants of health.

 

4.  City Council request the Minister of Finance to amend the Assessment Act to create a main street retail class to support the health and prosperity of small businesses on retail main streets in Toronto and across the Province. 

 

5.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to review regulations around business insurance to mitigate the impacts of rising insurance premiums for small businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to review the Commercial Tenancies Act based on lessons learned under the COVID-19 pandemic, to support main street businesses and minimize vacancies on Toronto’s main streets. 

 

7. City Council direct the City Manager to create a public information campaign using City advertising locations, including the Toronto Transit Commission, to inform Torontonians of the COVID-19 related financial impacts, and the requests made to the Federal and Provincial Governments related fulfilling the City’s recovery and rebuild recommendations in the event that the City is unsuccessful in securing Federal and Provincial Government support for City of Toronto needs and to report back to City Council as part of the regular report backs.

 

8. City Council direct the City Manager to report through the Executive Committee to the December 16 and 17, 2020 meeting of City Council to provide an update, and starting in the beginning of 2021, to report on a quarterly basis, providing in-depth reports on the progress to deliver a streamlined, coordinated, and renewed intergovernmental strategy, including an examination of existing intergovernmental requests, tables, relationships and partnerships, roles and responsibilities, Toronto’s priorities, progress towards achieving all of the recommendations in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager, relationships with Indigenous communities, and methods for regular updates to advance shared priorities with governmental and regional partners for a strong recovery.

 

9. City Council request the Medical Officer of Health to review the recommendations and findings in the COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager and bring forward to the Board of Health any recommendations as appropriate.

 

10. City Council direct the Chief People Officer, the Director Indigenous Affairs Office and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to the Executive Committee on options to strengthen the City's equity and reconciliation infrastructure in order to support City Divisions with the additional tools required to deliver on the unique needs of Toronto’s diverse residents, including those who are part of Black, Indigenous and equity-seeking communities, given the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on these communities.

 

11.  City Council direct the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in preparation of the 2021 Budget, to focus investments in Toronto’s equity, opportunity, resilience and health focussed on core areas of vulnerability that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

12. City Council direct City Officials to provide advice to City Council through the 2021 Budget process on options to prioritize identified needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and reallocate resources from services that can be modified or reduced to meet public health requirements.

  

13. City Council direct the City Manager to report to City Council as part of the 2021 Budget process, on an approach to respond to recommendations in the COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities report from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager related to improvements to public engagement, by developing an engagement strategy that promotes meaningful engagement with racialized communities and Indigenous peoples, and improved data and research coordination.

 

14. City Council request the City Manager, as part of the report requested in Part 13 above, to include consultation opportunities and input from groups such as: 

 

a. a citizen reference panel;

 

b. Black, Indigenous, people of colour and equity-seeking communities;

 

c. emerging women and youth leaders programs;

 

d. existing multi-sectoral partnerships and networks, such as with CivicAction, as outlined in Recommendation 49 in Attachment 3 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager; and

 

e. local community and neighbourhood organizations.

 

15. City Council request the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services, to utilize the latest available public health and ridership data, and the actions proposed in the Toronto COVID-19 Response Equity Action Plan, and to report through the 2021 Budget process on measures to prioritize transit equity, including steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in areas that have experienced a disproportionate impact.

 

16.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to City Council through the 2021 Budget process with options for updating the existing $1,000,000.00 threshold between Residual Commercial tax bands and adding an additional band to support main street businesses. 

 

17.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to City Council through the 2021 Budget process with an update on the City’s work with Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and the Ministry of Finance to reduce the volatility of commercial property assessments and support main street businesses.

 

18 . City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, in consultation with City Officials, to report to City Council in first quarter of 2021 on the feasibility of a pop-up business licensing framework to encourage entrepreneurship and small business incubation through the City’s COVID-19 recovery. 

  

19.  City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Environment and Energy Division and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, to develop recommendations for Toronto Hydro to achieve greater outcomes for energy efficiency, demand management and renewable energy within the service area, and report back to City Council by the end of 2020 on the proposed recommendations and how to implement them.

  

20.  City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Environment and Energy Division, to publicly communicate with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and all major mortgage lending institutions, on the current challenges of mortgage lender consent to rolling out the Home Energy Loan Program, and report back on their response by the end of the first quarter of 2021. 

 

21.  City Council reiterate its commitment to addressing the climate emergency and request the Environment and Energy Division to expedite work on the climate emergency declaration commitments so that all promised commitments (including the net-zero plan and the 2021-2023 TransformTO implementation plan and associated climate emergency declaration commitments) are delivered to City Council and to report back during the budget process if staff are unable to achieve the target of second quarter of 2021. 

 

22.  City Council commit to prioritizing the creation of pathways for a green local economy by directing the City Manager to begin developing a low-carbon jobs strategy, which includes employment and training opportunities for Indigenous, Black and other equity-seeking communities, and report back to the Executive Committee, and put forward infrastructure and other stimulus proposals to other orders of government that clearly align with this strategy.

 

23.  City Council request the City Manager to consider putting forward a COVID-19 Resilience Funding Stream proposal that fast tracks:

 

a.  critical building repairs and retrofits in priority housing buildings (City-owned long term care homes, shelters, and Indigenous housing); and

 

b. critical building repairs, upgrades and retrofits in priority buildings (COVID-19 impacted areas, City-owned community spaces, schools) and helps to protect at-risk neighbourhoods from flooding, extreme heat and air pollution through green infrastructure projects.

 

24.  City Council direct the City Manager to put forward a COVID-19 Resilience Funding Stream proposal, in consultation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, that fast tracks implementation of the Ravine Strategy and recognizes the ravine's important role as natural infrastructure that provides accessible greenspace, active transportation corridors and ecosystem benefits that make us more resilient to climate change and pandemics; such a proposal should also recognize the direct and indirect jobs that will be supported by building such natural infrastructure.

 

25.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services, to report to City Council through Executive Committee on the feasibility of financial incentives, including eliminating or reducing development charges, for non-profit long term care homes.

 

26.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to develop and expedite Planning and City building guidelines that would effectively give direction to and encourage the private sector to create and expand senior housing and senior complete communities/villages, while committing to the provision of affordable rental and affordable ownership units as well as accessible retail, wrap-around and primary medical care services.

 

27.  City Council direct the City Manager to work with Toronto Fire Services, the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Paramedic Services, and stakeholders to seek ways to reimagine, reform, and improve the preparedness of the City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management.

 

28. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, the Chief Technology Officer and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to explore opportunities to adjust park permit fees and noise exemption permit fees, and create partnerships with Toronto businesses to support physically distant outdoor activities through the winter of 2020-2021.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 6, 2020) Report from the City Manager on Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157345.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157346.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157351.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157352.pdf
Attachment 2 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Engagement Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157347.pdf
Attachment 3 - Disposition of COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities Report Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157348.pdf
Attachment 4 - Preliminary Analysis of COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157349.pdf
Attachment 5 - City of Toronto key summer accomplishments in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157350.pdf
Presentation from the City Manager on Towards Recovery and Building a New Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157696.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Dianne Saxe, Chair, Climate Advisory Committee for Toronto (EX.Supp.EX17.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122422.pdf
(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX17.1.2)
(October 19, 2020) Letter from Djanka Gajdel, Treasurer, West Queen West Business Improvement Association (EX.Supp.EX17.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122430.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX17.1.4)
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Danielle Chin, Director, Policy and Advocacy BILD (EX.Supp.EX17.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122432.pdf
(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Dr. Dianne Saxe, Chair, Climate Advisory Committee for Toronto (EX.Supp.EX17.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122414.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Nadia Todorova, Senior Director, Government Relations, RESCON (EX.Supp.TE17.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122434.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Submission from Susan McMurray, Executive Assistant, Toronto & York Region Labour Council (EX.New.EX17.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122415.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Michael Longfield, Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122436.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Leslie Woo, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction (EX.New.EX17.1.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122437.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Submission from Mark Smith (EX.New.EX17.1.11)
(October 20, 2020) Letter from John Sewell, Charter City Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122439.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Mercedes Sharpe Zayas on behalf of the Parkdale Peopleís Economy (EX.New.EX13.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122440.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Michael Manu, Executive Director, Toronto Youth Cabinet (EX.New.EX17.1.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122435.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.New.EX17.1.15)
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Melissa Goldstein (EX.New.EX17.1.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122457.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Letter from Abigail Doris, Executive Coordinator, Toronto Community for Better Child Care (EX.New.Ex17.1.17)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122458.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Don Booth (EX.New.EX17.1.18)
(October 21, 2020) Letter from Michael Polanyi, Climate Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (EX.New.EX17.1.19)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122477.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, ClimateFast (EX.New.EX17.1.20)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122478.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Madelyn Webb, Member and Volunteer, CREW Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.21)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122459.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Beryl-Ann Mark (EX.New.EX17.1.22)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122460.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Brad Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.23)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122480.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(October 21, 2020) E-mail from Anne Keary (CC.Supp.EX17.1.24)
(October 22, 2020) E-mail from Austin Jafri (CC.Supp.EX17.1.25)
(October 22, 2020) E-mail from Shah Mohiuddin (CC.Supp.EX17.1.26)
(October 26, 2020) E-mail from Susan McMurray, Executive Assistant, Toronto & York Region Labour Council (CC.New.EX17.1.27)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122601.pdf
(October 26, 2020) E-mail from Susan McMurray, on behalf of various organizations (CC.New.EX17.1.28)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122552.pdf
(October 26, 2020) E-mail from Catherine Berka, Member of South Rosedale Residents Association, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Science, Seeds to Saplings, Midtown Ravines Group and Protect Nature Toronto (CC.New.EX17.1.29)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122617.pdf
(October 27, 2020) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, The Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (CC.New.EX17.1.30)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122607.pdf
(October 27, 2020) Letter from Jan De Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade (CC.New.EX17.1.31)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122618.pdf
(October 27, 2020) Letter from Janet Davis (CC.New.EX17.1.32)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122609.pdf
(October 27, 2020) E-mail from R. Kelly Clipperton (CC.New.EX17.1.33)
(October 27, 2020) E-mail from Lenka Holubec (CC.New.EX17.1.34)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-122612.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager to create a public information campaign using City advertising locations, including the Toronto Transit Commission, to inform Torontonians of the COVID-19 related financial impacts, and the requests made to the Federal and Provincial Governments related fulfilling the City’s recovery and rebuild recommendations with an aim to secure in the event that the city is unsuccessful in securing Federal and Provincial Government support for City of Toronto needs and report back to City Council as part of the regular report backs.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Layton - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Environment and Energy Division and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, to develop recommendations for Toronto Hydro to achieve greater outcomes for energy efficiency, demand management and renewable energy within the service area, and report back to City Council by the end of 2020 on the proposed recommendations and how to implement them.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Environment and Energy Division, to publicly communicate with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and all major mortgage lending institutions, on the current challenges of mortgage lender consent to rolling out the Home Energy Loan Program, and report back on their response by the end of the first quarter of 2021. 

 

3.  City Council reiterate City Council's commitment to addressing the climate emergency and request the Environment and Energy Division to expedite work on the climate emergency declaration commitments so that all promised commitments (including the net-zero plan and the 2021-2023 TransformTO implementation plan and associated climate emergency declaration commitments) are delivered to City Council and report back during the budget process if staff are unable to achieve the target of second quarter of 2021. 

 

4.  City Council commit to prioritizing the creation of pathways for a green local economy by directing the City Manager to begin developing a low-carbon jobs strategy, which includes employment and training opportunities for Indigenous, Black and other equity-seeking communities, and report back to the Executive Committee, and put forward infrastructure and other stimulus proposals to other orders of government that clearly align with this strategy.

 

5.  City Council request the City Manager to consider putting forward a COVID-19 Resilience Funding Stream proposal that fast tracks:

 

a.  critical building repairs and retrofits in priority housing buildings (City-owned long term care homes, shelters, and Indigenous housing); and

 

b. critical building repairs, upgrades and retrofits in priority buildings (COVID-19 impacted areas, City-owned community spaces, schools) and helps to protect at-risk neighbourhoods from flooding, extreme heat and air pollution through green infrastructure projects. 

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:37 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Layton - motion 1b Part 1
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Layton - the balance of motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Michael Ford
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager to put forward a COVID-19 Resilience Funding Stream proposal, in consultation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, that fast tracks implementation of the Ravine Strategy and recognizes the ravine's important role as natural infrastructure that provides accessible greenspace, active transportation corridors and ecosystem benefits that make us more resilient to climate change and pandemics; such a proposal should also recognize the direct and indirect jobs that will be supported by building such natural infrastructure.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

REVISED

 

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to develop and expedite Planning and City building guidelines that would effectively give direction to and encourage the private sector to create and expand senior housing and senior complete communities/villages, while committing to the provision of affordable rental and affordable ownership units as well as accessible retail, wrap-around and primary medical care services.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager to work with Toronto Fire Services, the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Paramedic Services, and stakeholders to seek ways to reimagine, reform, and improve the preparedness of the City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management.

 

The balance of Revised motion 3 by Councillor Pasternak carried.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:41 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Pasternak - Revised motion 3 Part 1 only
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That Councillor Pasternak be permitted to withdraw Parts 1 and 2 of his motion 3.

 

Parts to be withdrawn:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager, through the Intergovernmental and Agency Relations Office, to approach the Federal and Provincial Governments and explore the option of removing the Harmonized Sales Tax from food purchases at restaurants as part of our recovery strategy.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager, through the Intergovernmental and Agency Relations Office, to approach the Provincial Government to determine whether they are open to providing the City of Toronto with the necessary regulatory and statutory approvals to implement toll roads on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.


4a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Brad Bradford (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to City Council through the 2021 Budget process with options for updating the existing $1,000,000.00 threshold between Residual Commercial tax bands and adding an additional band to support main street businesses. 

 

2.  City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to report to City Council through the 2021 Budget process with an update on the City’s work with Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and the Ministry of Finance to reduce the volatility of commercial property assessments and support main street businesses.

 

3. City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, in consultation with City Officials, to report to City Council in first quarter of 2021 on the feasibility of a pop-up business licensing framework to encourage entrepreneurship and small business incubation through the City’s COVID-19 recovery. 

 

4.  City Council request the Minister of Finance to amend the Assessment Act to create a main street retail class to support the health and prosperity of small businesses on retail main streets in Toronto and across the Province. 

 

5.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to review regulations around business insurance to mitigate the impacts of rising insurance premiums for small businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to review the Commercial Tenancies Act based on lessons learned under the COVID-19 pandemic, to support main street businesses and minimize vacancies on Toronto’s main streets. 

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, the Chief Technology Officer and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to explore opportunities to adjust park permit fees and noise exemption permit fees, and create partnerships with Toronto businesses to support physically distant outdoor activities through the winter of 2020-2021.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:42 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Bradford - motion 4a
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-27-2020 4:43 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX17.1 - Bradford - motion 4a - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, 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: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 4a by Councillor Bradford.


4b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Brad Bradford (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Executive Director, Transit Expansion, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services, to utilize the latest available public health and ridership data, and the actions proposed in the Toronto COVID-19 Response Equity Action Plan, and report through the 2021 Budget process on measures to prioritize transit equity, including steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in areas that have experienced a disproportionate impact. 


2. City Council request the City Manager, under the reporting outlined in Executive Committee Recommendation 6, to include consultation opportunities and input from groups such as:

 

a. a citizen reference panel;

 

b. Black, Indigenous, people of colour and equity-seeking communities;

 

c. emerging women and youth leaders programs;

 

d. existing multi-sectoral partnerships and networks, such as with CivicAction, as outlined in Recommendation 49 in Attachment 3 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager; and

 

e. local community and neighbourhood organizations.


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services, to report to City Council through Executive Committee on the feasibility of financial incentives, including eliminating or reducing development charges, for non-profit long term care homes.


6a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 2:

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

2. City Council direct the City Manager to report to City Council by end of the first quarter of 2021 on progress to deliver a streamlined, coordinated and renewed intergovernmental strategy, including an examination of existing intergovernmental requests, tables, relationships and partnerships, roles and responsibilities, Toronto’s priorities, relationships with Indigenous communities and methods for regular updates to advance shared priorities with government and regional partners for a strong recovery.

 

and adopt instead the following new recommendation:

 

City Council direct the City Manager to report through the Executive Committee to the December 16 and 17, 2020 meeting of City Council to provide an update, and starting in the beginning of 2021, to report on a quarterly basis, provide in-depth reports, on the progress to deliver a streamlined, coordinated, and renewed intergovernmental strategy, including an examination of existing intergovernmental requests, tables, relationships and partnerships, roles and responsibilities, Toronto’s priorities, progress towards achieving all of the recommendations in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager, relationships with Indigenous communities, and methods for regular updates to advance shared priorities with governmental and regional partners for a strong recovery.


6b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council formally re-iterate its request for COVID-19 funding support from Phase 2 of the Provincial Safe Restart Program to offset the City's COVID-19 financial impacts to the City, following offsets generated by the City primarily through cost mitigation strategies.
 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to engage with the Federal and Provincial Governments to obtain funding commitments to fully address remaining COVID-19 related financial impacts anticipated in 2021 to avoid reductions to transit service, service levels across all City operations and programs.
 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, in preparation of the 2021 Budget, to focus investments in Toronto’s equity, opportunity, resilience and health focussed on core areas of vulnerability that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, on a Point of Order, stated that he would like advice from the City Solicitor on whether Part 1 of Councillor Layton's motion 1b, regarding Toronto Hydro, is in order.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and advised Council that she would consult with staff. The Speaker subsequently made the following ruling:

Members, earlier in the debate Councillor Holyday asked if I would rule on whether part 1 of Councillor Layton's motion 1b was in order.

I've consulted with the Clerk and the Solicitor.

I am ruling the motion in order because it amounts to a report request from the City Manager. If there are further legal concerns about the ability of the city to amend its shareholder directive in the manner suggested, I invite the City Solicitor and the City Manager to comment on them in that report.

EX17.1 - Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council direct the City Manager to initiate dialogue with Federal, Provincial and Regional Officials to convene a strategic Federal-Provincial-Municipal Intergovernmental Table on recovery and renewal, to take a whole of governments approach to addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social determinants of health.

 

2. City Council direct the City Manager to report to City Council by end of the first quarter of 2021 on progress to deliver a streamlined, coordinated and renewed intergovernmental strategy, including an examination of existing intergovernmental requests, tables, relationships and partnerships, roles and responsibilities, Toronto’s priorities, relationships with Indigenous communities and methods for regular updates to advance shared priorities with government and regional partners for a strong recovery.

 

3. City Council request the Medical Officer of Health to review the recommendations and findings in the COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager and bring forward to the Board of Health any recommendations as appropriate.

 

4. City Council direct the Chief People Officer, the Director Indigenous Affairs Office and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to the Executive Committee on options to strengthen the City's equity and reconciliation infrastructure in order to support City Divisions with the additional tools required to deliver on the unique needs of Toronto’s diverse residents, including those who are part of Black, Indigenous and equity-seeking communities, given the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on these communities.

 

5. City Council direct City Officials to provide advice to City Council through the 2021 Budget process on options to prioritize identified needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and reallocate resources from services that can be modified or reduced to meet public health requirements.

 

6. City Council direct the City Manager to report to City Council as part of the 2021 Budget process, on an approach to respond to recommendations in the COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities report from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild in Attachment 1 to the report (October 6, 2020) from the City Manager related to improvements to public engagement, by developing an engagement strategy that promotes meaningful engagement with racialized communities and Indigenous peoples, and improved data and research coordination.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The City Manager gave a presentation on Towards Recovery and Building a New Toronto.

Origin

(October 6, 2020) Report from the City Manager

Summary

This report is being brought to Council amidst an evolving pandemic. The report provides an update on the work undertaken by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR), information on the response to COVID-19 by the City including coordination with our federal and provincial partners, and a roadmap towards recovery and rebuild.

 

As we continue to respond to the immediate needs of our residents, communities and businesses, we are also laying the foundation for our social and economic recovery. Protecting lives and livelihoods remains the City’s top priorities. The disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on racialized, indigenous and equity-seeking communities have deepened the inequalities that are already experienced by residents, neighbourhoods and communities across our City. Uncertainty has become a prevalent characteristic of how COVID-19 has reshaped our lives, and this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.

 

The City has an opportunity to address these inequities, as we focus on the critical needs of residents and businesses and the economic, health and social hardships they face, and as we tackle both resurgences of the virus and lay the foundation for a strong recovery together.

 

Building back better also means learning from the past and starting sustainable improvements that make a difference for future generations. Our recovery efforts must take a long-term view towards building the city we want for those who will call Toronto home decades from now.

 

This report has two primary objectives:

 

The first objective is to affirm my commitment to deliver timely, informed advice and information to Council to support the challenging decisions that lie ahead as we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19. This includes marshalling the Toronto Public Service to continue to provide responsive and effective services to Torontonians and applying what we know of the City's new reality and financial context.

 

This report reinforces my commitment, and that of the Toronto Public Service, to maintain the trust of Toronto residents and of City Council at a time when confidence in government and with each other is critical. We must view the road to recovery from COVID-19 as more of a marathon than a sprint, and one we cannot travel alone - our community and government relationships have never mattered more. As such, this will be the first in a series of reports on updates and next steps for our recovery.

 

The second objective is to respond to the report from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR), COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities.

 

The report, by Dr. David Mowat and Mr. Saäd Rafi (Attachment 1), considered the input from thousands of residents, businesses and organizations and includes 83 recommendations based on those consultations and their expertise. The accompanying report, COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Engagement Summary (Attachment 2) provides details about the consultations and the wide range of ideas and feedback from participants who added their voices to these issues at a time when many were experiencing personal challenges and difficult situations.

 

Two additional attachments to this report outline preliminary disposition and analysis of the 83 recommendations made by Dr. Mowat and Mr. Rafi (Attachments 3 and 4). This report considers those recommendations as well as existing City services and programs, input from residents and community partners, advice from City divisions and what they have learned from the pandemic, the City’s finances and 2021 budget projections, emerging research and plans from institutions and organizations, and commitments and plans from the federal and provincial governments.

 

I wish to thank Dr. Mowat and Mr. Rafi for their work advising the City since April, bringing their insights and expertise to the City's restart, recovery and rebuild actions, decisions and plans. Their work with City divisions and our partners at a wide range of tables, discussions, and engagements resulted in guidance and advice on public health, the economy, equity, resilience, mobility, and increasing prosperity for Toronto. A list of the City's action in the first six months of the pandemic is provided in Attachment 5 to this report and summarized below.

 

The expertise contributed by Dr. Mowat and Mr. Rafi supported the City’s reopening efforts as well as our longer-term approaches and plans. I offer my sincere thanks to them for providing us with their comprehensive final report, COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities, a rich document of findings from which we will continue to draw from and reference as we work to reopen, recover and rebuild our City.

Background Information

(October 6, 2020) Report from the City Manager on Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157345.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157346.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157351.pdf
Attachment 1 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Report (Part 3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157352.pdf
Attachment 2 - COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities Engagement Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157347.pdf
Attachment 3 - Disposition of COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities Report Recommendations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157348.pdf
Attachment 4 - Preliminary Analysis of COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157349.pdf
Attachment 5 - City of Toronto key summer accomplishments in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157350.pdf
Presentation from the City Manager on Towards Recovery and Building a New Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-157696.pdf

Communications

(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Dianne Saxe, Chair, Climate Advisory Committee for Toronto (EX.Supp.EX17.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122422.pdf
(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX17.1.2)
(October 19, 2020) Letter from Djanka Gajdel, Treasurer, West Queen West Business Improvement Association (EX.Supp.EX17.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122430.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX17.1.4)
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Danielle Chin, Director, Policy and Advocacy BILD (EX.Supp.EX17.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122432.pdf
(October 19, 2020) E-mail from Dr. Dianne Saxe, Chair, Climate Advisory Committee for Toronto (EX.Supp.EX17.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122414.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Nadia Todorova, Senior Director, Government Relations, RESCON (EX.Supp.TE17.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122434.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Submission from Susan McMurray, Executive Assistant, Toronto & York Region Labour Council (EX.New.EX17.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122415.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Michael Longfield, Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122436.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Leslie Woo, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction (EX.New.EX17.1.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122437.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Submission from Mark Smith (EX.New.EX17.1.11)
(October 20, 2020) Letter from John Sewell, Charter City Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122439.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Mercedes Sharpe Zayas on behalf of the Parkdale Peopleís Economy (EX.New.EX13.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122440.pdf
(October 20, 2020) Letter from Michael Manu, Executive Director, Toronto Youth Cabinet (EX.New.EX17.1.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122435.pdf
(October 20, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.New.EX17.1.15)
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Melissa Goldstein (EX.New.EX17.1.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122457.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Letter from Abigail Doris, Executive Coordinator, Toronto Community for Better Child Care (EX.New.Ex17.1.17)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122458.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Don Booth (EX.New.EX17.1.18)
(October 21, 2020) Letter from Michael Polanyi, Climate Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance (EX.New.EX17.1.19)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122477.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, ClimateFast (EX.New.EX17.1.20)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122478.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Madelyn Webb, Member and Volunteer, CREW Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.21)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122459.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Beryl-Ann Mark (EX.New.EX17.1.22)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122460.pdf
(October 21, 2020) Submission from Brad Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Toronto (EX.New.EX17.1.23)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-122480.pdf

Speakers

John Rae
Sohelia Khan Bonhi, St. Stephen's Community House
Dianne Saxe, Climate Advisory Committee for Toronto
Caryl Arundel, Social Planning Toronto
Gideon Forman , The David Suzuki Foundation
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, YWCA Toronto
Wendy Porch, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto Inc.
Dan Bingham
Michael Polanyi, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Francesca DíAngelo
Melisa Bayon, Progress Toronto
Beryl-Ann Mark
Jack Campbell
Maryama Ahmed
Andrew Cichocki
Michael Longfield, Cycle Toronto
Don Booth
Prateek Awasthi
Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Guillermo Penalosa
Madelyn Webb, CREW Toronto
Lyn Adamson, ClimateFast
Councillor Joe Cressy
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

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