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September 29, 2016
Toronto Housing Summit welcomes Big City Mayors, federal and provincial housing ministers and Toronto service providers
  
Tomorrow, Mayor John Tory and Toronto's Housing Advocate, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), will host the Toronto Housing Summit 2016: Taking Action on Housing.

The summit will bring together Toronto housing providers and mayors from across the country to draw attention to the affordable and social housing crisis in Canadian cities, and urge both the federal and provincial governments to take a greater role in addressing the crisis.

Mayor Tory will be joined by members of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) including Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. The summit will also be attended by Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic; London Mayor Matt Brown, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger; Deputy Ottawa Mayor Mark Taylor; Russell Copeman, Ville de Montreal, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal; and Myriam Nadeau, conseillere municipal, district de Pointe-Gatineau.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Mayor Tory; Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; and Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

More than 200 housing stakeholders and members of the public will also attend the summit, which will contribute to Toronto's submission to the federal government’s National Housing Strategy consultation.

Date: Friday, September 30
Location: Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park, 585 Dundas St. E.

Event Agenda:
7:45 to 8:45 a.m.,
- Breakfast meeting of BCMC, Minister Duclos and CMHC President Evan Siddall (closed to media and public)

8 to 9 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Lounge
- Registration for media
- Media kits with agenda and information on the Summit will be provided upon registration
- Note: Due to limited space, media representatives will be required to provide verification of their media outlet.

9 to 9:15 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Aboriginal Opening and Land (open to media)
- Steve Teekens, Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Executive Director, Native Men's Residence
9:15 to 9:30 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Welcoming remarks (open to media)
- Moderator: Councillor Ana Bailão, Toronto’s Housing Advocate
- Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Toronto’s Poverty Advocate
9:30 to 9:40 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Host city keynote speech by Toronto Mayor John Tory (open to media)

9:40 to 10 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Keynote speeches (open to media)
- Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
- Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

10 to 11 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Mayors’ Panel on National Housing Strategy chaired by Toronto Mayor John Tory (open to media)
– Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson
– Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
– London Mayor Matt Brown
– Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
– Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic
– Calgary Councillor (Ward 11) Brian Pincott

11 to 11:10 a.m. Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Sections B and C
- Introduction to afternoon workshops (open to media)
– Moderator: Councillor Ana Bailão, Toronto’s Housing Advocate

11:10 to 11:30 a.m., Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, Section A
- Media availability with Big City Mayors’ Caucus

11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Southwest corner of Regent Street and Oak Street (rain location: Regent Park Presentation Centre, 500 Dundas St. E.)
- Walking tour of Regent Park (closed to media), photo opportunity for media at noon
- Mitch Cohen, President, The Daniels Corporation
- Greg Spearn, President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing

1 to 2:30 p.m.
- Idea generation workshops: The Toronto Perspective on National Housing Strategy (closed to media)

2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
- Reflections and report back (closed to media)

3:15 to 5 p.m., Regent Park Community Centre, Banquet Hall, 402 Shuter St.
- Closing remarks and reception (open to media)

More information about affordable housing is available at http://www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Media Contact
Keerthana Kamalavasan
Office of the Mayor
647-460-7507
keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca

Robert Cerjanec
Office of Councillor Bailão
416-338-5274
rcerjan@toronto.ca

Cheryl San Juan
Strategic Communications
416-397-5305
chsanjua@toronto.ca

 

 

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