ENSURING THE WELLBEING OF ALL ONTARIANS, GETTING TO WORK ON POVERTY IN PEEL AND SUPPORTING NEWCOMERS IN YORK
2018-2019 Annual Report
Civic engagement is an essential ingredient in creating strong public policy that truly meets people’s needs. Indeed, meaningful change and lasting solutions must place community at the centre. That’s the simple premise of Ontario for All, a 100-strong collective of community organizations. Convened by United Way in advance of last spring’s provincial election, the alliance issued a call to action, putting poverty on the agenda and advocating for progress on #UNIGNORABLE issues like homelessness and unemployment. Today that work continues, as Ontario for All supports community partners in empowering and elevating the voice of residents through a variety of capacity- and collaboration-building opportunities, including planning workshops, a digital network and the creation of civic action teams that encourage community organizing.
- Momentum for Community Benefits—and what they can mean for local residents in priority neighbourhoods undergoing major infrastructure projects—continues to grow. In Peel Region, advocacy has resulted in a framework for better jobs and futures connected to the Hurontario LRT. In York Region, we’re exploring the potential for a pilot with the Human Services Planning Board. And in Toronto, we continue to partner with Metrolinx and labour onthe Eglinton Crosstown, with 262 local residents currently employed, and are expanding to new projects.
- We’re fighting local poverty through the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, co-chaired with the Region of Peel, which includes representatives from community groups, regional and municipal governments, education and health care systems. Its goal? To eliminate poverty in Peel and tackle interrelated issues like food security, affordable transit and housing.
- Getting the right information at the right time is key when you’re trying to build a new life. Building Migrant Resilience in Cities, a research study with York University and others, explores how immigrants from different groups access information and services in York Region. It also looks at how service providers pass that information along and adjust to the changing needs of multiple communities. What we learn can make all the difference for newcomers.