Budget note

A note on the 2015 budget announcement:

First, the good news - in many ways the budget presented today 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.

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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. The budget presented today 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.

Today 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.

Stay tuned for more information on making a deputation and on the details of the budget. You can also follow the budget process at toronto.ca/budget2015.