Item - 2020.PH13.6

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 26, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on February 12, 2020. It is being forwarded to City Council without recommendations. It will be considered by City Council on February 26, 2020.

PH13.6 - Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 26, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager to immediately establish a City of Toronto Interdivisional Task Force to End Homelessness with the senior divisional staff in partnership with community organizations, corporate partners, plus other appropriate stakeholders and City Council direct the City Manager to report back to the April 16, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee with a Terms of Reference and Six-Month Action Plan to accelerate, coordinate and triage resources to quickly move people out of homelessness and to forward all outcomes to the Intergovernmental Housing Working Group for consideration of funding and resources required for implementation.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 29, 2020) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services on Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-145651.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(February 26, 2020) Supplementary report from the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services on Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues (PH13.6a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-146507.pdf
Attachment 1 - Response Letter from Evan Siddall, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, dated February 13, 2020
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-146508.pdf
Attachment 2 - Response Letter from Kate Manson-Smith, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, dated February 25, 2020
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-146526.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager to immediately establish a City of Toronto Interdivisional Task Force to End Homelessness with the senior divisional staff in partnership with community organizations, corporate partners, plus other appropriate stakeholders and City Council direct the City Manager to report back to the April 16, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee with a Terms of Reference and Six-Month Action Plan to accelerate, coordinate and triage resources to quickly move people out of homelessness and to forward all outcomes to the Intergovernmental Housing Working Group for consideration of funding and resources required for implementation.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That:

 

1.  City Council declare homelessness in Toronto an emergency.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager to immediately establish a formal City-led Homelessness Emergency Task Force table, composed of elected representatives from all three levels of government, to meet by the end of March 2020 to determine an immediate six-month action plan and strategy framework.

 

3.  City Council request Mayor Tory to provide a public update on the outcomes immediately following the meeting in Part 2 above.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-26-2020 1:28 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PH13.6 - Perks - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Mark Grimes, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson

Point of Privilege by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Wong-Tam has just acknowledged that she may have misspoken, and that staff work very hard and provide Councillors with amazing results on a daily basis, and Councillor Thompson asked that Councillor Wong-Tam retract her comments.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that Councillor Wong-Tam should retract her comments.

Councillor Wong-Tam retracted her comments and stated that she agreed with everything that Councillor Thompson had said.

PH13.6 - Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Without Recs
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee forwards the item to City Council without recommendation as all motions on this item lost.

Origin

(January 29, 2020) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services

Summary

On December 17, 2019, City Council adopted with amendments, report PH11.5 - HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and requested the City Manager to engage other orders of government to establish an Intergovernmental Working Group with a mandate to develop a joint action plan and secure increased investments to expedite efforts to address housing challenges and homelessness in Toronto.

 

City Council also requested the City Manager to report to the Planning and Housing Committee on February 12, 2020 with an update on the progress of discussions from the Intergovernmental Working Group.

 

This report responds to Council's requests and provides an update of actions taken to-date to leverage intergovernmental partnerships to advance the targets in the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan aimed at improving the housing outcomes for residents in the city.

Background Information

(January 29, 2020) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Community and Social Services on Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-145651.pdf

Speakers

Logan Choy
Kira Heineck
Emily Daigle

Motions

Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager to formally invite the Provincial government to participate in an Intergovernmental Working Group to Address Housing and Homelessness.


Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Lost)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council