thank you for your engagement in the budget process

Friends,

City Council has considered Mayor Chow's 2024 City budget.

Mayor Chow brought forward a budget that will get Toronto back on track. It includes critical investments in services people rely on: housing, transit, community services, and crisis response.

The budget will supports the delivery of over 24,000 new rental homes. It also provides an additional 1,296 rent-geared-to-income subsidies to help thousands of people stay housed.

Further it invests a historic $100 million dollars in the Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition program (MURA) over three years. This will enable non-profits to buy units and rental buildings to ensure they remain affordable in perpetuity.

Some amendments were made by Council to the Budget including $1.3 million to support the implementation of the forthcoming Action Plan for Toronto’s Culture Sector, a further $0.08 million to provide an inflationary increase to Local Arts Serving Organizations, $0.75 million to hire Bylaw officers to respond to noise complaints & business licensing and Animal Care & Control Officers for dangerous dogs responses, and $0.97 million for tree planting, pruning, and watering.

Although it was approved by Council, I did not support the motion to increase the Toronto Police Service budget. I remain satisfied that the budget under review proposed an adequate investment in the police budget, without this additional increase. Further, this budget is fully funding the Toronto Community Crisis Service to be the fourth municipal emergency service and operate city-wide this year, which will divert person in crisis calls from police response to a community-based response. Toronto Community Crisis Service is a non-police-led, 24/7, client-centered and trauma informed service that deploys trained crisis workers to respond, de-escalate, and refer people to appropriate mental health and other social services. This holistic approach to community safety builds our capacity to be more responsive to crisis, and with the right expertise.

Property owners will see a property tax increase of 8% along with the 1.5% City Building levy. Relief programs are available for low-income seniors and those living with a disability. To ensure tenants are protected, the multi-residential tax rate increase will be 3.5%, which is below the threshold that allows landlords to apply for above-guideline rent increases

With years of austerity measures, conservative mayors, and the lack of political will to make difficult decisions, vital City services suffered deep cuts and continued to decline. With this budget, it is evident that the Mayor and Council are focused on a path to a more affordable, caring, and safe city. However, we're only at the start of the journey, with much more work to do. I hope you will continue to be engaged to make this City a better one, together.

Sincerely,

Gord

 


- Development update: 1437-1455 Queen St W

- Construction Notice: Lakeshore West Rail Corridor Maintenance

- Virtual Consultation: Baby Point Heritage Conservation District

- Information Session: Heritage Register Review

- Open Call: Housing Provider for 11 Brock Ave

- Update: 2299 Dundas St W Shelter


Update on 1437-1455 Queen Street West

A Zoning By-law Amendment application was submitted on May 19, 2023 seeking approval for a 12-storey mixed-use building comprised of 1 level of underground parking, retail uses on the ground level, and 249 residential units located on the upper floors at 1437-1455 Queen Street West.

On November 27, 2023, the applicant appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) due to Council not making a decision within the statutory time frame prescribed in the Planning Act.

 A staff report will be coming to TEYCC recommending that the City Solicitor, with appropriate City staff, attend the OLT to oppose the application in its current form, and to continue discussions with the applicant to address outstanding issues.

Our office will continue to update the community as the appeal process progresses.


Notice: Lakeshore West Rail Corridor Maintenance – Bridge Rehab work

Starting February 12, 2024, Metrolinx will be continuing bridge maintenance along the Lakeshore West (LSW) rail corridor. This work is to continue the rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive Bridge, Colborne Lodge Dr Bridge, Ellis Ave Bridge Bridge, Windermere Ave Bridge and the South Kingsway Bridge between the Queensway & Lakeshore Blvd W. Below is the construction notice is for the remaining work at all five (5) bridge locations. 

For more information visit metrolinx.com/longbranch . Metrolinx can also be reached at 416-202-6911 or [email protected]

 


Notice: Baby Point HCD virtual sessions – Feb 27

Join the City for an update on the Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Plan.

The City is looking to get input from Baby Point community members through a series of virtual sessions happening in February 2024 to discuss this unique historic neighbourhood.

The second session regarding Architectural Policies is happening on February 27, 2024 from 6 - 7:30pm. 

Here is a direct link to the newsletter pdf with the information on the webinars on the front page: Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Study Newsletter Issue 02 (toronto.ca)

Here's the webpage where you can register in advance to participate in the meetings: Meetings & Events: Baby Point HCD – City of Toronto


Heritage Register Review – Public Information Session: Feb 26

On February 26, 2024, Toronto residents are invited to an online Public Information Session to learn about the City’s Heritage Register Review project. The purpose of the meeting is to share information about the project and answer questions. This project has been initiated to develop a strategy for responding to amendments made to Section 27 (Heritage Register) of the Ontario Heritage Act that came into force on January 1, 2023. The Heritage Register Review project is focused on developing an ongoing strategy to prioritize the designation of properties that are currently listed on the Toronto Heritage Register before they are removed from the register on January 1, 2025.


Open calls for housing provider: 11 Brock

In November 2023, we shared with you that, as part of the Federal Rapid Housing Initiative, $21.6 million in capital funding will be invested in 40 new rent-geared-to-income and supportive homes at 11 Brock Ave. The City has now released the Request for Proposals for a housing provider to partner with the City on this project. The City is seeking qualified non-profit housing or co-operative housing and support providers with proven expertise to lease and operate sites at 11 Brock Ave. and 35 Bellevue Ave. for the purpose of affordable housing with supports.

An information session will be held on February 21, 2024 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Interested providers can join the information session using this link 

Proposals must be submitted by March 20, 2024.

More information can be found on the City's webpage along with information on RFPs for two other sites 35 Bellevue Ave and 65 Dundas St E.


2299 Dundas west men's shelter

The 2299 Dundas St W shelter is a part of the George St Revitalization project and is expected to house 80 men. There were delays on the project due to technical and administrative issues. On February 14, the Bid Award Panel granted the authority to award the contract to Rossclair Contractors Inc. for the shelter building renovation.

When more information is available, we will update the community on the construction timeline and management plan. The construction is expected to be completed in Q3 of 2025 with community engagement beginning prior to completion. For any project related questions, please contact [email protected] .

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