Neighbourhood Improvement Areas:

  • #124 Kennedy Park
  • #125 Birchmount Eglinton East (Ionview)
  • #138 Eglinton East

Councillors & Wards:

2019 Meeting Schedule:

Date Location Time
August 19 Don Montgomery Kitchen 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September 16 Tentative: 1021 Birchmount Rd. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
October 21 20 Gordonridge Pl. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 18 Toronto Public Library – Kennedy/Eglinton Library 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 16 Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (The Hub)-2660 Eglinton Ave. E. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2018-2019 Priority Actions:

  • Healthy Lives: Develop a plan to address mental health challenges
  • Economic Opportunities: Establish a strategic plan to increase employment opportunities
  • Social Development: Create opportunities for training to build resident capacity to lead
  • Healthy Lives: Develop a plan to address the lack of community safety as it pertains to personal safety, safety audits, and safety prevention

2017 Priority Actions:

  • Physical Surroundings: Initiated $1.46 million Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund 2 building project for upgrades to community spaces and outdoor recreation facilities at 1021 Birchmount Rd., Gilder Drive Outdoor Recreational Area, Ionview Park, and the Allied Neighbourhoods Community Teaching Kitchen
  • Participation in Decision-Making: Connected with 500 residents in a four month period to promote and inform residents on local services while recruiting for participation at the Neighbourhood Planning Table
  • Healthy Lives: Engaged 2,400 residents in nutrition, safety and well-being training about social media, home alone safety, cooking for kids, support for community gardens, and First Aid/CPR

Neighbourhood Action Plan

Each Neighbourhood Planning Table creates an Action Plan that reflects each of the Neighbourhood Improvement Areas’s (NIA) priority issues identified by residents and other stakeholders. Residents, local agencies, and other stakeholders provide input to ensure actions are prioritized according to the need of the community, and to identify the resources that are needed to complete the actions.

The Action Plan below is categorized by the 5 domains of wellbeing that are central to the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020), and tracked and updated regularly to address changing needs.

Name and Description Lead Organization/ # of Partners # of Residents Engaged ($) Resources Required Status
Food Handlers Certificate: Food Handlers Certification training for residents Eglinton East Kennedy Park Ionview Youth Network/ 5 Partner Organizations 20 $1,500 Completed
First Aid and CPR Certification Training: Skill-building certification workshops in First Aid & CPR, and employment opportunities Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto/ 20 Partner Organizations 8 $0 Completed
Employment Skills: Literacy and Numeracy: Literacy and Numeracy training to increase employment opportunities Kennedy Eglinton Progressive Engagement Collaborative/ 3 Partner Organizations 100 $5,000 Planned
Festivals and Socials: Local resident vendors participating in Canada Day Festival Parks, Forestry, & Recreation, City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, SCHS/ 4 Partner Organizations 50 $0 Completed
Financial Literacy for Residents: A series of financial literacy program for residents YWCA/ 2 Partner Organizations 35 $500 Completed
Toronto Sports Leadership skill-building certification workshop to increase employment opportunities for participants by providing First Aid & CPR training Parks, Forestry, & Recreation, City of Toronto 20 $0 Completed
Financial literacy campaign to provide basic knowledge of money and finance over three workshops Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 300 $2,500 Completed
Host a youth job & volunteer fair Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Toronto Public Library – City of Toronto 100 $2,000 Completed
Increase training and employment opportunities for middle-aged adults Action for Neighbourhood Change, Scarborough Centre for Health Communities, Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 200 $0 Planned
Provide CPR training to Residents Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Paramedic Services, Parks, Forestry & Recreation – City of Toronto 15 $300 Completed
Name and Description Lead Organization/ # of Partners # of Residents Engaged ($) Resources Required Status
Access to a Community Kitchen: A cooking program for youth 12 and under, focused on nutrition Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre/ 5 Partner Organizations 65 $4,600 Completed
Educate Seniors on Available Services: Work with senior organizations to educate residents on services available Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto/ 2 Partner Organizations 150 $2,000 Completed
Dance (Zumba, Socacize, and Reggaeton): Deliver reggae and socacize dance classes for residents Mid Scarborough Hub/ 2 Partner Organizations 15 $500 Completed
Host four mental health workshops with Beautiful Minds Beautiful Minds & Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto & The Hub 40 $1,575 Completed
Deliver two mental health and art workshops in the Ionview Community Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 80 $3,000 In Progress
Advocate for mental health supports in Toronto Community Housing Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 50 $0 Planned
Complete neighbourhood assessment with Vision Zero Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Transportation Service – City of Toronto 100 $0 Planned
Deliver community and youth safety audit training in key areas of the neighbourhoods Social Development, Finance, & Administration – City of Toronto,
METRAC
100 $500 InĀ  Progress
Develop a peer-led mental health speaker series that includes Mental Health First Aid Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Public Health – City of Toronto 75 $1,000 Planned
Create an asset map of Mental Health resources Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Parks, Forestry & Recreation – City of Toronto 5 $0 Planned
Name and Description Lead Organization/ # of Partners # of Residents Engaged ($) Resources Required Status
Service Analysis: Service analysis from 300 surveys of residents Eglinton East Kennedy Park Ionview Youth Service Network/ 9 Partner Organizations 300 $1,000 Completed
Capacity Building for Community Outreach Workers: A series of voter education workshops focused on how decisions are made at City Hall City Clerk, City of Toronto/ 2 Partner Organizations 30 $500 Completed
Youth Justice Education Workshops: A full-day professional development workshop for Youth Workers Ontario Justice Education Network/ 4 Partner Organizations 20 $500 Completed
Youth Network Refresh Eglinton East Kennedy Park Youth Service Network 20 $3,000 Completed
Waste Diversion Community Conversations Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto & Water Diversion, City of Toronto 95 $3,000 Planned
Encourage parents to join parent council at Ionview Post Secondary Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Public Health – City of Toronto
Toronto District School Board
50 $200 Planned
Name and Description Lead Organization/ # of Partners # of Residents Engaged ($) Resources Required Status
Back to School Social Media Workshop: A program to educate children about safely engaging with social media Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre/ 3 Partner Organizations 54 $1,000 Completed
Resident Animators Outreach: A strategy to educate neighbourhood residents about services and resources Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre/ 10 Partner Organizations 577 $18,000 Completed
BITSY Barbershop Program: A barbershop program for youth Building it to Suit Youth, Parks Forestry, & Recreation, City of Toronto/ 3 Partner Organizations 10 $2,000 Completed
BITSY Youth Mural: Create a youth mural to demonstrate youth development in the Kennedy Park Neighbourhoods Building it to Suit Youth/ 2 Partner Organizations 10 $500 In Progress
Community Outdoor Movie Nights Toronto Community Housing Corporation/ 3 Partner Organizations 260 $500 Completed
Fundraising and Grant-writing: Workshops and training for fundraising and grant writing Local Immigration Partnership/ 10 Partner Organizations 75 $500 Completed
Gilder United Back to School BBQ, including backpack giveaways and health & safety booths Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 200 $3,000 Completed
Community Wellness Day in the Ionview Community to connect residents with nature and share wellness resources by celebrating local biodiversity Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 100 $1,666 Completed
A youth-led inter-generational basketball tournament to support community engagement & health lives Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto 80 $1,666 Completed
Name and Description Lead Organization/ # of Partners # of Residents Engaged ($) Resources Required Status
1O21 Birchmount Hub: POL 2 funds for youth community space including basketball court and recreation room Toronto Community Housing Corporation/ 4 Partner Organizations 40 $450,000 Completed
Gordonridge Community Grow: POL 2 funds for kitchen retrofit project and new accessible pathway Toronto Community Housing Corporation/ 4 Partner Organizations 60 $300,000 Completed
Gilder Drive Outdoor Recreational Rejuvenation: POL 2 funds for community garden, basketball court and playground equipment upgrades Toronto Community Housing Corporation/ 4 Partner Organizations 60 $450,000 Completed
Community Revitalization of Ionview Park: POL 2 funds for a playground, added shading, seating areas, and improving playground design Parks, Forestry, & Recreation,
City of Toronto/ 4 Partner Organizations
800 $200,000 Completed
Allied Neighbourhood Community Kitchen: POL 2 Funding for a new teaching kitchen at Don Montgomery Community Centre Parks, Forestry, & Recreation,
City of Toronto/ 15 Partner Organizations
100 $365,000 Completed
Safety Audit Walkabouts: Safety walkabout – neighbourhood walking program Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto/ 5 Partner Organizations 20 $500 Completed
Crisis Response Safety Protocol: Development of a crisis response safety protocol Social Development, Finance, & Administration, City of Toronto/ 20 Partner Organizations 10 $0 Completed
Crosslinx community conversation about transit expansion and safety concerns Social Development, Finance, & Administration, Parks, Forestry & Recreation – City of Toronto 35 $200 Completed
Develop a safety plan for 1021 Birchmount Road Social Development, Finance, & Administration – City of Toronto 20 $300 Planned