Members of the public helped set the stage for the next phase of the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy by sharing their ideas at the #TacklePovertyTO Speaker Series events which took place in March and April.

Learn more about the events and what was discussed.

How can the City support effective pathways to quality jobs?

Learn more about what the City has accomplished and what challenges low-income residents face by reading the topic backgrounder.

Review the raw notes from the discussion.

Discussion Questions

  • How can the City broaden the number of businesses, public institutions, and community partners engaged in increasing the number of quality job opportunities for residents who are currently unemployed?
  •  How can the City maximize the value of its economic development partnerships by targeting residents who are currently the most disconnected from the workforce?
  • As a Community Benefits Framework is considered, what role should the City play in securing community benefits outcomes in the context of private, non-profit or institutional sector developments?

Speakers

Moderator – April Lim (Policy Development Officer, Social Development, Finance & Administration, City of Toronto)

Panellists

  • Ann Marie Moulton (Member, Lived Experience Advisory group)
  • Gillian Mason (Advisor to E. Scarborough Storefront)
  • Rosemarie Powell (Exec. Dr., Toronto Community Benefits Network)
  • Heela Omarkhail (Mgr. of Community Partnerships, The Daniels Corporation)

Event Video

Event Photos

Councillor Mihevic addressing the panel and attendees of the first Tackle Poverty Strategy event on March 12 about Quality Jobs and livable incomes
Councillor Mihevic’s opening remarks
Moderator and panelists speaking to the audience about Livable Incomes and quality jobs on March 12 at City Hall
Moderator and panel

 

Panelists answering questions at the first Tackle Poverty TO event on March 12 about quality jobd and livable incomes
Panel discussing the third question
view from behind panelists looking at crowd on March 12 at Toronto Poverty Strategy
View of the crowd from the panel’s perspective

What would it take for all Toronto residents to have access to enough nutritious food?

Learn more about what the City has accomplished and what challenges low-income residents face by reading the topic backgrounder.

Review the raw notes from the discussion

Discussion Questions

  • How can the City improve food relief services to address residents’ immediate emergency needs and provide stabilization supports? Do these involve other levels of government working with the City?
  • What supports do low income communities need to better access existing municipal resources and services, and advocate more effectively?
  • What would make it easier for people to start community gardens or small-scale food enterprises?
  • What would you like to see in the 2019-2022 action plan to increase access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food for residents living on low incomes?

Speakers

Moderator – Lori Stahlbrand (Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto)

Panellists

  • Cassandra Chambers (Member, Lived Experience Advisory Group)
  • Ryan Noble (Executive Director, North York Harvest Food Bank)
  • Tara Ramkhelawan (Senior Coordinator of Good Foods Markets, Food Share)
  • Lauren Baker (Global Alliance for the Future of Food)

Event Photos

Councillor Mihevic's opening remarks at podium
Councillor Mihevic’s opening remarks
moderator and two panellists
Lori Stahlbrand (moderator) asking first question
Ryan Noble and Cassandra Chambers, panellists
Ryan Noble (North York Harvest Food Bank) and Cassandra Chambers (LEAG member), panellists
Lauren Baker, Global Food Alliance for the Future of Food, looking at moderator
Lauren Baker, Global Food Alliance for the Future of Food

 

How can the City coordinate social programs and services to better serve residents with complex needs?

Learn more about what the City has accomplished and what challenges low-income residents face by reading the topic backgrounder.

Review the raw notes from the discussion.

Discussion Questions

  • What can the City of Toronto, and its service delivery partners, do to make it easier to navigate the various services available to residents?
  • How can we build on lessons learned from successful models of community and service user engagement in the design and location of services and apply those learnings across the City?
  • Are there ways that the City of Toronto can partner with other service providers to share spaces that currently exist and deliver programs more fairly and effectively across Toronto?

Speakers

Moderator – Tobias Novogrodsky (Director, Toronto Employment &Social Services, City of Toronto)

Panellists

  • Lindsay Jennings (Member, Lived Experience Advisory Group)
  • Vickery Bowles (City Librarian, Toronto Public Library)
  • Ruth Crammond (Vice President of Community Investment & Development, United Way Toronto & York Region)
  • Diane Dyson (Director, Research & Public Policy, Woodgreen)

Event Photos

Ruth Crammond listening to moderator
Vickery Bowles
Lindsay Jennings answering panel question
Lindsay Jennings and Ruth Crammond
Councillor Mihevic answering panel question
Councillor Mihevic answering panel question
Tobias Novogrodsky (moderator) opening remarks
Moderator, Tobias Novogrodsky

 

What are the next steps to achieve equity in public transit?

Learn more about what the City has accomplished and what challenges low-income residents face by reading the topic backgrounder.

Review the raw notes from the discussion.

Discussion Questions

  • Does the Fair Pass Program go far enough? In what other ways can the City support price equity for transit users?
  • How can the City address inequities in transit service planning? What can the City do to meet the needs of low-income neighbourhoods that are currently transit deserts?
  • What role can active transportation play in increasing mobility equity? What are other barriers to accessing forms of transit faced by low-income Torontonians?

Speakers

Moderator – Gregg Lintern (Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning, City of Toronto)

Panellists

  • Bee Lee Soh (Member, Lived Experience Advisory Group)
  • Jennifer McKelvie (President, Scarborough Community Renewal Association)
  • Melissa Graham (Founder, Toronto Disability Pride March)
  • Yvette Roberts (Member, TTC Riders)
  • Sarah Bradley (Communications Manager, Cycle Toronto)

Event Photos

What strategic actions can the City take to address the housing crisis?

Learn more about what the City has accomplished and what challenges low-income residents face by reading the topic backgrounder.

Review the raw notes from the discussion.

Discussion Questions

  • What can be done to make it possible for more low income people to move out of the shelter system and into transitional and supportive housing?
  • How can the City better address the quality of housing for people with low incomes, while maintaining the current housing supply?
  • What can the City do to substantially increase the number of affordable housing units of all types across Toronto?

Speakers

Moderator – Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, City Councillor, Ward 18

Panellists

  • Kelly Lawless (Member, Lived Experience Advisory Group)
  • Kira Heineck (Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness)
  • Joy Connelly (Housing Advocate)
  • Gautam Mukhrjee (Executive Director, Mainstay Housing)

Event Photos

Attendees discussing question 1 in a circle
Attendees discussing question 1
Kelly Lawless, panellist smiling
Kelly Lawless
Kira Heineck & Joy Connelly participating in panel
Kira Heineck & Joy Connelly
Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão,talking to event attendee
Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, City Councillor, Ward 18