Statement on the Yonge Street Mission moving to Ward 20
The Yonge Street Mission (YSM) provides important services for a vulnerable population of young people in our City. The daytime programs that will be on offer on Spadina, which include health, employment and drop in services, are needed in Toronto. Moreover, YSM has a proven track record of working with local residents and businesses to ensure an effective operation.
As with any property owner, YSM has a right to purchase this property. They also do not require any zoning approvals by the City of Toronto for the uses proposed. As with any change, this requires us to work together - as local residents, businesses, police, and service agencies - to ensure that we are hearing concerns and working to address them. And, we will continue to do just this as we move forward in the New Year.
I look forward to continuing to work together with our local communities as YSM joins our neighbourhood.