Pledge on Poverty Reduction

2018 TORONTO ELECTION

CANDIDATE PLEDGE ON POVERTY REDUCTION

 

Given that:

 

  • Toronto has the highest rates of child and adult poverty among large cities in Canada
  • Poverty costs Toronto $5 billion a year in health and social service costs, and lost taxes
  • Indigenous People, people of colour, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ and newcomers experience particularly high levels of poverty
  • Thousands of residents wait years for housing, child care and recreation programs
  • Torontonians face economic difficulties and have trouble making ends meet.

 

I PLEDGE, if elected to Toronto Council, to work with community, business and faith leaders to reduce poverty and inequality in Toronto, and to support the full funding and full implementation of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (TO Prosperity) and other Council-approved equity initiatives over the 2019-2022 term, including the following approved actions:

 

  • 7,200 new supportive housing units, at least 8,000 new deeply affordable rental housing units, and 1,000 new shelter spaces
  • Reduced TTC fares for an additional 157,000 lower-income adults
  • 11,500 new child care spaces, including 5,000 subsidized spaces
  • 40,000 new recreation program spaces