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The Jane Finch Initiative is about planning for the future of the area and how best to leverage the investment in light rail transit (LRT) for the benefit of local communities.

In anticipation of transit investment and the potential for growth and change in Jane and Finch, several City Divisions are collaborating on a community planning exercise in the area. The aim of the Jane Finch Initiative is to develop an integrated plan for the Jane Finch area that advances social equity and economic inclusion for current and future residents, encourages the appropriate kinds of growth and development in the area, and guides investment in community improvements.

The Finch Avenue West corridor is anticipated to undergo significant change and development in the coming years. An 11-kilometre, 18-stop light rail transit line (LRT) is under construction along the corridor running from the TTC’s Finch West Station to Humber College, with expected completion in 2023. The LRT will provide convenient and reliable rapid transit to area residents, businesses and institutions, bringing improved connections to the city’s higher-order transit network for a part of Toronto that has been underserved.

In December 2015, City Council directed staff to undertake planning studies for focus areas along the Finch Avenue West Corridor in advance of the opening of the new transit line. The intent was to leverage the public investment in transit infrastructure for the benefit of local communities. City Council identified the Keele-Finch area as the first priority for study (see Keele Finch Plus). City Council approved the Jane Finch area as a subsequent priority for a future planning study.

Through an engagement process in which residents can help shape the planning of their community, the purpose of the Jane Finch Initiative is to align people- and place-focused initiatives into an integrated complete-community framework for the area.

Through an engagement process in which residents can help shape the planning of their community, the purpose of the Jane Finch Initiative is to align people- and place-focused initiatives into an integrated complete-community framework for the area.

The initiative would involve three integrated streams of work:

  • Stream 1: Engagement with residents, stakeholder groups and businesses, as well Indigenous communities and African, Caribbean and Black communities, to identify needs, priorities and aspirations;
  • Stream 2: Community Development Plan providing a framework to guide change and growth in the community and advance initiatives to further enhance social cohesion, community safety, inclusive economic opportunities and stronger neighbourhoods; and
  • Stream 3: Land Use Planning Framework Update with Official Plan policies and zoning to shape the development of a transit-supportive complete community, and to identify the community facilities and other infrastructure needed to support anticipated growth and respond to any long-standing issues in the community.

The community development plan and the updated land use planning framework are intended to be companion documents that would work in tandem to further advance social equity and economic inclusion for current and future residents, manage future growth and development, and guide investment in infrastructure and services.

The diagram below shows the interconnectivity of the three streams of work and the components being led by the City of Toronto’s Social Development, Finance and Administration (SDFA), Economic Development and Culture (EDC), and City Planning (CP) divisions.

Figure 2: A diagram showing the interconnectivity of the three streams of work and which Divisions will lead each component.

Other involved Divisions include Toronto Employment and Social Services, Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Children’s Services, Shelter, Support and Housing and Toronto Water. The initiative will also involve collaboration with the Toronto Public Library, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Toronto Community Housing.

Map of the Jane and Finch study area with colour coded shading. Light purple area represents Neighbourhood 24: Black Creek and the yellow area represents Neighbourhood 25: Glenfield-Jane HeightsThe initial boundaries of the Jane Finch Initiative would align with the areas covered by ‘Neighbourhood 24 – Black Creek‘ and ‘Neighbourhood 25 – Glenfield-Jane Heights‘ to capture analysis and community consultations undertaken by the City as part of the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. This study area, which is illustrated in the map above, is roughly bounded by Highway 400 to the west, Steeles Avenue West to the north, Black Creek to the east, and Sheppard Avenue West and a portion of Black Creek to the south.

In later phases of work, the boundaries of the land use planning framework component will be scoped down based on:

  • walkability – 500- to 800-metre walking radius from planned LRT stops,
  • land use – areas where growth and change are encouraged and/or may be desirable and warranted;
  • lot sizes and ownership patterns – larger parcels where development potential is greater; and
  • other factors that may arise during community consultations and/or planning analysis.

The boundaries of the Community Development Plan may similarly be adapted for certain purposes including, for example, to consider employment opportunities in industrial areas just outside of the original study boundaries.

The Jane Finch Initiative has three phases, with community engagement and stakeholder consultation at each phase. In Phase 1, staff will take stock of the existing conditions. Options for the community will be developed in Phase 2. In Phase 3 the policies will be refined and brought into the final framework for presentation to Committees of Council.

The Study will take approximately three years to complete. We are currently at the very start with an initial staff report on the Jane Finch Initiative being considered by the City’s Economic and Community Development Committee at its March 10, 2020 meeting.

 

Phase 1 is entitled Taking Stock and Analysis). It would involve producing an existing conditions background report; establishing a vision and guiding principles for the initiative; conducting background research and analysis for the social development, economic development and planning frameworks; and identifying the emerging priorities. Phase 2 is entitled Options. It would involve drafting the Community Development Plan and land use policy directions; identifying planning and design alternatives, and initiating potential quick start projects. Phase 3 is entitled Towards Implementation. It would involve finalizing the Community Development Plan and Land Use Planning Framework; holding a statutory public meeting regarding the land use policy documents, which may include an Official Plan Amendment, a Zoning By-law Amendment and Urban Design Guidelines. Community engagement and stakeholder consultation would take place over the entirety of the Initiative's three phases.

Local Partnership on Community Engagement

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Jane Finch Community and Family Centre to facilitate community engagement for the Jane Finch Initiative. The Jane Finch Centre responded to a request for expressions of interest for a local facilitation team and will be working collaboratively with several community groups in the area to conduct engagement activities with support from City staff.

One of the first items on the agenda is to recruit community members to sit on a Community Advisory Committee, which will help shape the Jane Finch Initiative. To find out more, contact Berta Kaisr, Jane Finch Initiative Coordinator at bertak@janefinchcentre.org or call 416-663-2733, Extension: 317.


Background Reports

Existing Conditions Background Report (open for feedback)
City staff have prepared a draft report detailing the neighbourhood’s existing conditions and background information about the area’s features and services. The draft is now available for feedback. Did we miss anything? Send your comments to janefinch@toronto.ca.

 

Jane Finch Consultation History report (open for feedback)
This document provides an overview of community feedback from 15 years of consultation, public engagement and academic research with and within the Jane and Finch community. Did we miss anything? Send your comments to janefinch@toronto.ca.

Staff Reports

April 26, 2021Staff Report to City Council (City Council authorized staff to enter into an agreement of purchase and sale with Metrolinx for acquisition of a portion of the property municipally known as 2050 Finch Avenue West for use as the proposed Jane Finch Community Hub and Centre for the Arts).

June 29, 2020Staff Report to City Council on the Jane Finch Initiative – Community Development Plan and Updated Land Use Planning Framework.

Inclusive Economic Opportunity Stakeholder Consultation

Agency Cluster Consultation Summary Report

Jane Finch Hub Organizing Committee Consultation

Jane Finch Community Advisory Committee

Phase 1 Youth Workshops

Virtual Visioning Workshop – May 11, 2021

Jane Finch community members gathered virtually on Tuesday, May 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help set the overall vision and guiding principles for the Jane Finch Initiative at a workshop facilitated by the Jane Finch Centre.

The presentation delivered by City staff, a recording and a summary of the meeting are now available.

Virtual Public Meeting #1 – November 23, 2020

The first Virtual Public Meeting was held on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting materials are available for viewing and download below. Please visit our The first Virtual Public Meeting was held on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting materials are available for viewing and download below. Please visit our engagement page where you can comment on a series of information boards, share your vision for the future, tell us your Jane Finch story and see what others have shared.

Share Your Ideas

Access Jane Finch Initiative: Public Engagement to comment on information boards about the Jane Finch Initiative, share your vision for the area, tell us your Jane Finch story and see what others have shared.

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  • You can submit your feedback and questions at any time to the project team at janefinch@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-9435.

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