Last updated: June 24, 2020 at 12 p.m.
The City is looking for diverse perspectives on how Toronto can recover rebuild and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic even stronger. Host your own meeting or discussion to help shape Toronto’s actions around recovery and rebuild.
The following Guide is available as a printable PDF.
This guide was created to support the City of Toronto’s work to recover and rebuild our city while living with COVID-19. It provides background information as well as how to contribute your input.
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) will consider participant feedback, ideas, and information as it develops recommendations for the City Manager and City Council.
Toronto’s recovery and rebuild will be guided by the advice and direction of public health officials. Ensuring the health and safety of all residents remains the City’s top priority. For this reason, consultation will rely primarily on online collection of input to maintain physical distancing and limit the handling of paper forms.
The online survey includes questions for individuals, groups and businesses. The questions in this guide are intended to support online discussions and help formulate your ideas.
Please provide your answers by June 30, 2020:
If you have questions about this guide, or the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild, please email RecoveryRebuild@toronto.ca
Input from stakeholders will be summarized and posted to Open Data.
While the City continues to work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the delivery of essential and critical City services, it is also working to prepare for Toronto’s recovery in the weeks and months to come.
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild will coordinate engagement and research to develop the City’s recovery strategies and actions to rebuild and reimagine the way we deliver programs and services. Toronto’s recovery and rebuilding will continue to be responsive to how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and continue to be informed by public health evidence and best practices.
Because residents and businesses play a significant role in successfully restoring communities and our social and economic infrastructure, the City will:
Toronto’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are both similar and different from the experiences and action taking place regionally, nationally and internationally. Everything from working to control rates of infection, reacting to a significantly changed supply chain and availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and maintaining physical distancing will continue to have an impact on Toronto similar to other large cities.
Pre-existing critical issues related to transit and traffic congestion, housing affordability and economic disparity, climate change and resilience, health and well-being, continue and have been further challenged by COVID-19. The City entered the pandemic with a strong, diversified workforce, employment sectors and population including urban Indigenous communities that will help to support recovery and rebuilding. However, the impact of remote work, continued public health measures and the financial impact of closures are still to be calculated.
These and other issues will need to be considered by TORR as part of its engagement strategy and will require continued monitoring of this evolving landscape while preparing recommendations to the City’s senior leadership and City Council.
Toronto’s role in implementing these recommendations will increasingly depend on our relationships with other orders of government; Indigenous communities; our regional, business and community partners; the residents of Toronto and our ability to secure sustainable funding.
Public health guidance from all three orders of government – federal, provincial and municipal – will guide the pace of these decisions, actions the City takes and our ability to rebuild Toronto again – or better.
Each level of government has different authorities and roles and responsibilities in terms of the COVID-19 response and recovery.
Toronto’s recovery plans are guided by the advice of public health officials and the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening our Province that includes the following three-phased approach to reopening businesses, services, and public spaces.
The government’s primary focus is on protecting the health and well-being of individuals and families, supporting frontline health care workers, essential workers and businesses, and providing immediate support to protect people and jobs. This is demonstrated through the $17-billion Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 and ongoing government actions, such as increased pay for frontline workers during the pandemic.
Emergency orders put in place to protect people include: the closure of non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities in parks, recreational areas and public places, as well as bars and restaurants; restrictions on social gatherings; and limiting staff from working in more than one retirement home, long-term care home or congregate care setting.
The government will take a careful, stage-by-stage approach to loosening emergency measures and reopening Ontario’s economy. Public health and workplace safety will remain the top priority, while balancing the needs of people and businesses. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two-to-four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health. The government will also continue to issue guidelines for workplace safety.
Ensuring the health and safety of the public and workers will continue to be a top priority as Ontario transitions to a “new normal.” The government will partner with businesses and other sectors to lead Ontario’s economic recovery. The focus will be on creating jobs and opportunity across the province, while working to restore long term prosperity for the benefit of every individual and family in Ontario.
As the Provincial government moves through their phased approach, the City will review the health and safety impacts to Torontonians and how to implement the Province’s directions. The City will need to determine how to adjust services, programs or operations to meet physical distancing on public transit, in public spaces, and at childcare facilities as more people return to work, school, and daily activities.
The recovery and rebuild decisions we make must consider the personal, social and financial impact of the pandemic on Toronto’s businesses and residents of all ages, in all communities and circumstances, and those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19.
Flexibility and adaptability are essential as Toronto moves to a “new normal.” As the city recovers and rebuilds, we must be responsive to any further spread, decline or surges of COVID-19 and adjust our actions accordingly. This will mean constant monitoring and responding in addition to implementing recovery measures.
Since the outset of the pandemic, the City has received input from residents and businesses including through the Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force. This feedback has helped shape the City’s response to the crisis and will shape future actions to recover and rebuild. Community partners and groups, residents and businesses will continue to be engaged by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild, and the City’s divisions and agencies.
The City will take a phased approach to Toronto’s reopening, recovery and rebuild.
The City has created this guide and information to seek your ideas and suggestions for the City’s recovery and rebuilding.
The City will continue to undertake research, learn from other jurisdictions and work with institutions, local, regional and national networks and Indigenous communities. The City will also work with municipal staff from across Canada to share lessons and best practices.
The City has a dedicated website with information for businesses and residents about the COVID-19 pandemic. This site, www.toronto.ca/covid19 includes information on the current health situation, advice for individuals and businesses to reduce the spread of the virus, mental health resources, financial and social support, business resources, donation and volunteer links and regular updates on City services.
Please review these questions to take notes and gather your ideas. Please submit your answers through the online survey.
Please help us by completing the following sentence: I would like the City to address the following issue __________ by taking the following action __________ and make the city better in the following ways__________.
Use these tips and sample agendas to help host virtual meetings in your community. These can accompany the Discussion Guide for Toronto’s Businesses, Organizations and Communities.
In addition to the host, you may consider having a:
Please provide your feedback by June 30 to be considered in this round of consultations.
|1||Virtual discussion Starts: allow attendees to join online virtual space||5 min|
|3||Land Acknowledgement||2 min|
|4||Review the Agenda||5 min|
|5||Review of Discussion Guide & Presentation: Discussion Guide online||10 min|
|6||Online Discussion: Question 1||15 min|
|7||Online Discussion: Additional Question (optional)||15 min|
|8||Wrap-up, Thanks & Next Steps||5 min|
Total time: 45-60 minutes
|1||Virtual Engagement Start
Providing a land acknowledgement at the beginning of an event or meeting gives time for reflection and demonstrates recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples.
There are two versions depending on where the meeting is being held:
|4||Review the agenda||5 min|
|5||Review of Discussion Guide & Presentation
|6||Online discussion – Question 1
|7||Online Discussion – Additional Question (optional)
|8||Wrap-up, Thanks & Next Steps
Total time: 45-60 minutes