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September 26, 2016
Mayor John Tory and Councillor Ana Bailão to host Toronto Housing Summit
Mayor John Tory will host the 2016 Toronto Housing Summit: Taking Action on Housing this Friday alongside Toronto's Housing Advocate and City Council's lead to the National Housing Strategy consultations, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport). The goal of the summit is to urge both the federal and provincial governments to take a greater role in addressing the affordable and social housing crisis facing Canadian cities.

Mayor Tory will be joined by members of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus including Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and representatives from Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa. Other city representatives include Mayor Matt Brown, London; City Councillor Russell Copeman, Maire d'arrondissement, Montréal; Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga; and Deputy Mayor Marc Taylor, Ottawa.

Also speaking at the summit will be Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Toronto Housing Summit will be moderated by Councillor Bailão and is expected to be attended by over 200 representatives of the non-profit, co-operative and private sector organizations, as well as residents and housing experts. Discussions at the Toronto Housing Summit will be used to provide Toronto's input into the Federal Government's National Housing Strategy.

Date: Friday, September 30
8 a.m. Media registration
9 a.m. Welcoming remarks by Toronto’s Poverty Advocate, Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Toronto's Housing Advocate, Councillor Bailão
9:30 a.m. Keynote speech by Mayor Tory
9:40 a.m. Keynote remarks from federal and provincial governments
10 a.m. Mayor's panel on National Housing Strategy
11:10 a.m. Media availability with Big City Mayors’ Caucus
11:30 a.m. Walking tour of Regent Park
Note: A detailed agenda will be released later this week.
Location: Daniels Spectrum – Regent Park, Ada Slaight Hall, 585 Dundas St. E.

More information about affordable housing is available at

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Keerthana Kamalavasan
Office of the Mayor

Robert Cerjanec
Office of Councillor Bailão

Cheryl San Juan
Strategic Communications



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