Item - 2024.EC10.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 26, 2024 with amendments.
  • City Council considered this item on March 20, 2024 and postponed its consideration to a later date. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • This item was considered by the Economic and Community Development Committee on February 20, 2024 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on March 20, 2024.

EC10.1 - Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
6 - York Centre, 7 - Humber River - Black Creek

City Council Decision

City Council on June 26 and 27, 2024, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council adopt the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, included as Appendix A to the report (February 5, 2024) from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to work with City Planning, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Children’s Services, Transportation Services, Toronto Employment and Social Services, Environment and Climate, Housing Secretariat and other relevant City divisions to form an interdivisional team to ensure ongoing collaboration, for the implementation of the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, listed as Appendix A to the report (February 5, 2024) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.

 

3. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture and other relevant City divisions, in partnership with community groups, organizations, local businesses, institutions, foundations and other private sector partners, to implement and monitor the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, beginning with the following key implementation actions for year one of a 10-year plan:  

 

a. form a Community Partnership Circle, including a Resident Leadership Circle, that includes residents, businesses, and other community partners to ensure continual engagement, skill development and collaboration for the implementation of the Community Development Plan;

 

b. design and implement an Engagement and Communication Strategy working with the members of the Resident Leadership Circle to ensure ongoing resident participation and engagement throughout the implementation of the Community Development Plan; and

 

c. develop a Community Impact Table in collaboration with foundations, funders, City divisions, business partners and other institutional partners to support the resourcing of actions identified in the Community Development Plan.

 

4.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to work with Jane Finch community partners and groups to design and implement a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the ongoing monitoring of the Community Development Plan actions and to provide regular reports to the Jane Finch Community.

 

5.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to report through the 2025 Budget Process on the resources, staff and program operations required to ensure ongoing engagement and capacity-building of residents, with a priority focus on Indigenous, Black and equity-deserving groups and inclusive of grassroots groups, youth groups, community organizations and local businesses in Jane Finch throughout the lifetime of the Jane Finch Community Development Plan.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 5, 2024) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242910.pdf
Appendix A: Jane Finch Community Development Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242911.pdf
Appendix B: What is a Community Development Plan?
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242912.pdf
Appendix C: Jane Finch Centre Phase 2 and Phase 3 Engagement Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242913.pdf
Appendix D: Jane Finch Initiative Indigenous Engagement Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242914.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Alejandra Bravo (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council adopt the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, included as Appendix A to the report (February 5, 2024) from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-27-2024 10:55 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC10.1 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Olivia Chow, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Vincent Crisanti

EC10.1 - Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Wards:
6 - York Centre, 7 - Humber River - Black Creek

City Council Decision

City Council on March 20 and 21, 2024, deferred Item EC10.1 to the June 26, 27, and 28, 2024 meeting of City Council.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 5, 2024) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242910.pdf
Appendix A: Jane Finch Community Development Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242911.pdf
Appendix B: What is a Community Development Plan?
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242912.pdf
Appendix C: Jane Finch Centre Phase 2 and Phase 3 Engagement Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242913.pdf
Appendix D: Jane Finch Initiative Indigenous Engagement Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242914.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Defer Item moved by Councillor Alejandra Bravo (Carried)

That consideration of Item EC10.1 headed “Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034” be deferred until the June 26, 27, and28, 2024 meeting of City Council.

EC10.1 - Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
6 - York Centre, 7 - Humber River - Black Creek

Committee Recommendations

The Economic and Community Development Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request that the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture work with City Planning, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Children’s Services, Transportation Services, Toronto Employment and Social Services, Environment and Climate, Housing Secretariat and other relevant City divisions to form an interdivisional team to ensure ongoing collaboration, for the implementation of the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, listed as Appendix A - Jane Finch Community Development Plan Vision & Actions, to the report (February 5, 2024) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture.

 

2. City Council request that the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture and other relevant City divisions, in partnership with community groups, organizations, local businesses, institutions, foundations and other private sector partners, implement and monitor the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, beginning with the following key implementation actions for year one of a 10-year plan:  

 

a. Form a Community Partnership Circle, including a Resident Leadership Circle, that includes residents, businesses, and other community partners to ensure continual engagement, skill development and collaboration for the implementation of the Community Development Plan.

 

b. Design and implement an Engagement and Communication Strategy working with the members of the Resident Leadership Circle to ensure ongoing resident participation and engagement throughout the implementation of the Community Development Plan.

 

c. Develop a Community Impact Table in collaboration with foundations, funders, City divisions, business partners and other institutional partners to support the resourcing of actions identified in the Community Development Plan.

 

3.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to work with Jane Finch community partners and groups to design and implement a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the ongoing monitoring of the Community Development Plan actions and to provide regular reports to the Jane Finch Community.

 

4.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to report through the 2025 Budget Process on the resources, staff and program operations required to ensure ongoing engagement and capacity-building of residents, with a priority focus on Indigenous, Black and equity-deserving groups and inclusive of grassroots groups, youth groups, community organizations and local businesses in Jane Finch throughout the lifetime of the Jane Finch Community Development Plan.

Origin

(February 5, 2024) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture

Summary

The opening of the Finch West Light Rail Transit line stands to bring intensive and long-term change to the Jane Finch Area. Jane Finch is an area shaped by a history of underinvestment but also a history of community organizing and action responding to community needs. Growing evidence suggests that without focused investments in Reconciliation, equity and systems-wide strategies and supports, neighbourhoods with a history of underinvestment can experience increased levels of disruption and harm as a result of increased development pressure. For new investments to positively impact existing and new Jane Finch residents, holistic supports and policy frameworks must be put in place that reflect the diverse visions of Jane Finch residents, grassroots groups, local organizations, artists, and local businesses. New policies, programs and partnerships must focus where the need is greatest and address the inequities that shape the lives of residents, with priority given to Indigenous, Black, and equity-deserving groups in Jane Finch.

 

The purpose of this report is to present a proposed Jane Finch Community Development Plan, and to outline the interdivisional and community-led Jane Finch Initiative process that led to the proposed plan. The report also lays out immediate and longer-term next steps to implement the plan.

 

The Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034 is a resident-informed plan for the future of the Jane Finch Area led by Social Development, Finance and Administration and Economic Development and Culture. The Community Development Plan is a 25-year plan and commitment to Jane Finch that will be renewed every 10 years with the first 10 years beginning in 2024 and ending in 2034.  The Jane Finch Community Development Plan accompanies the Jane Finch Secondary Plan – both aim to ensure that residents, local groups, organizations and businesses are supported as the area changes over time, including with the opening of the Finch West Light Rail Transit. To this end, the Jane Finch Community Development Plan sets out a 10-year community support and resourcing framework.

 

While the Secondary Plan will provide consistent land use and urban design guidelines for new development, the Community Development Plan is focused on social, economic, and cultural themes. Actions to support Jane Finch communities under these themes will continue to evolve through ongoing partnerships and discussions between multiple parties including the City of Toronto, residents, community organizations and local institutions.

 

The focus and content of the Community Development Plan are the result of a 2-year partner-led engagement process and intensive collaboration between participating City divisions and the Jane/Finch Centre. Through the engagement process, the Jane Finch Community Development Plan has identified the following eight action areas:

  • Access to Space and Mobility
  • Food Justice and Sovereignty
  • Community Safety and Wellbeing
  • Climate Action
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Inclusive Employment Opportunities
  • Inclusive Entrepreneurship Opportunities
  • Anti-Displacement Strategy

The Community Development Plan will advance actions across the eight action areas. The actions will be guided by principles that reflect the City of Toronto's commitments to Indigenous, Black and equity-deserving groups and vulnerable populations through the City's Reconciliation Action Plan, Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and broader equity-driven strategies, initiatives and programs.

 

In the process of developing the Jane Finch Community Development Plan, the City has established a strong interdivisional collaboration and community partnership approach to advance both the Jane Finch Community Development Plan and Secondary Plan. The lessons learned through the engagement and development process and through interdivisional collaboration will continue to inform ongoing monitoring and implementation.

Background Information

(February 5, 2024) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Jane Finch Community Development Plan 2024-2034
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242910.pdf
Appendix A: Jane Finch Community Development Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242911.pdf
Appendix B: What is a Community Development Plan?
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242912.pdf
Appendix C: Jane Finch Centre Phase 2 and Phase 3 Engagement Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242913.pdf
Appendix D: Jane Finch Initiative Indigenous Engagement Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-242914.pdf

Speakers

Troy Budhu
Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Motions

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