Have your say about the 2015 budget

Dear Friend --

As many of you know, the proposed 2015 Budget was released on Tuesday. In many ways, the budget signals a shift away from the ‘race-to-the-bottom’ style of government we had at City Hall over the last four years. There are commitments to important investments in key areas, like shelter support and public transit. Most importantly, the Mayor is signalling that he is ready to start investing in this City again.

And while we are seeing a step in the right direction, it simply doesn’t go far enough to address major issues facing our city.

91,000 families are still on the waiting list for affordable housing. 17,000 families are on the waiting list for affordable childcare. And nearly 1-in-3 children in this city live in poverty. This budget does not do enough to tackle these and other critical issues.
We can do better. We have to do better.

It’s time to invest in the city we love, and call home. It’s time to invest in the people, services, and infrastructure that will allow our city to thrive.

Tuesday was just the start of the budget process. It's now up to all of us – residents and elected representatives alike.

I encourage you to get involved, and make sure this budget reflects the priorities of our communities - come to my Ward 20 Budget Town Hall on February 23rd to learn more about what the budget means for your City and your neighbourhood, make a deputation to share your views, and get involved and informed.

Here is more information on how you can participate in this year's budget process:

1. Come to my Ward 20 Budget Town Hall on Monday February 23rd, 7-9pm in Committee Room 2 and Toronto City Hall. Hear more information about what this budget means for our neighbourhoods, and share your views before Council votes on the Budget on March 10-11th.

2. Complete my Ward 20 Budget Questionnaire to tell me what your priorities are in this year's budget – click here to complete the questionnaire.

3. Make a public presentation to the Budget subcommittee. There will be public consultation sessions held at:

  1. City Hall, Committee Room 1 100 Queen St. West February 2, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. onwards
  2. Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber 399 The West Mall February 2, 3 - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. onwards
  3. Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber 150 Borough Drive February 3, 3 - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. onwards
  4. North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber 5100 Yonge Street February 3, 3 - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. onwards

Individuals may only make one presentation at any of the consultation sessions. To register to speak, call 416-392-4666 or email buc@toronto.ca.

To find out more on how you can participate, visit toronto.ca/council.

4. Can’t attend in person? Submit a written deputation to the Budget Committee by e-mail buc@toronto.ca, fax 416-392-1879 or mail to Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2.

5. Special Executive Committee, March 2nd - this is the last opportunity for residents to depute on the Budget. Executive Committee will vote on the Budget and send it to City Council for consideration. To register to speak, email exc@toronto.ca.

You can also follow the budget process at toronto.ca/budget2015.

I look forward to working with each of you to ensure that this budget reflects the priorities of our communities.

Sincerely,

Joe Cressy