April 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbours,

Today, I joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory to welcome the Federal Government's investment of $1.3 billion towards capital repairs at Toronto Community Housing. The funding is part of the National Housing Strategy and marks a turning point for social housing in Toronto. After decades of underfunding and the proposed sell off TCH's single-family homes in 2011, we took action to change the way things are done. Over the last eight years I have had the privilege to work with advocates, experts, elected officials and tenants to ensure Toronto's social housing stock is maintained, improved and treated with respect and fairness.

There have been many people over the years who have said that this could not be achieved, but we refused to take no for an answer and persisted. Today's announcement is the result of the collective efforts of so many and I am grateful to the Government of Canada for taking this historic step with us. I look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners through the implementation of the National Housing Strategy to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.

In our community over the last month, several initiatives have been moving forward. On Wednesday I was proud to join the businesses on Rogers Rd to unveil a colourful new City-sponsored mural by talented artist Christiano De Araujo, which celebrates the diversity and history of the local neighbourhood. Businesses on Rogers Road are also beginning the process of establishing a Business Improvement Area (BIA) and I am excited for their bright future! At Community Council, we approved multiple laneway namings to honour the legacy and work of local residents who have given back to our community and hold a place dear to our hearts.

There are some important meetings and events coming up including an open house and public meeting to discuss the Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Improvements, taking place April 17 from 6pm to 8:30pm at St Helen Catholic School (1196 College St). The City is also holding a meeting to discuss major reconstruction planned for Peel and Gladstone Ave on April 8, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre. The Peel/Gladstone project is scheduled to take place in 2020 and will see the street transformed to be more pedestrian and cycling friendly while providing local parking and vehicle access for residents.

Our annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt is also taking place on Saturday April 20th from 1-3pm at Dufferin Prove Park (875 Duffeirn St) and if you haven't registered I encourage you to do so soon! This is a fun family friendly event, with dancing, crafts, face painting and of course our egg hunt! Registration closes April 8th and you can register by clicking the photo above or here.

The City of Toronto has also launched consultations for our HousingTO 2020-2030 Housing Action Plan to hear from residents how we can build on the strong foundation we have laid to improve housing, overcome the challenges we face, and understand what future issues we all need to work together to address. You can find meeting dates and more information at toronto.ca/housingplan.

I hope to see you at some of these and other events over the next month!

In community,

Ana Bailão
Deputy Mayor
Councillor, Ward 9 – Davenport

Federal Investments in Toronto Community Housing Repairs

Today is a great day for the tenants of Toronto Community Housing and the people of Toronto. I would like to thank Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Parliamentary Secretary Adam Vaughan, CMHC and the Government of Canada for stepping up and committing this landmark funding of $1.3 billion that will ensure a better quality of life for the 110,000 people that call Toronto Community Housing home.

After decades of underfunding and the proposed sell off TCH's single-family homes in 2011, we took action to change the way things are done. Over the last eight years I have had the privilege to work with advocates, experts, elected officials and tenants to ensure Toronto's social housing stock is maintained, improved and treated with respect and fairness.

I had the privilege to Chair the Special Housing Working Group in 2012. Our work resulted in the Putting People First Report where we stopped the sell-off of social housing, developed innovative financial strategies, secured immediate funding and established a long-term capital repair plan.

We launched the Close the Housing Gap Campaign to call on the federal and provincial governments to become an equal partner and fund a 1/3rd share of TCH repairs. Tenants, advocates and the City went to Ottawa to make our message heard and we called on federal candidates in the 2015 election to support new investments in social, affordable and co-op housing.

We made the economic case that investing in social housing repairs is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for our economy and prosperity.

And when other governments did not respond to our calls, the City of Toronto stepped up and not only funded our 1/3rd share but increased our investments in our people. We went from spending $60 million on capital repairs in 2013 to $313 million this year and embarked on transforming the organization. This is progress that the people of Toronto should be proud of.

There have been many people over the years who have said that this could not be achieved, but we refused to take no for an answer and persisted. Today's announcement is the result of the collective efforts of so many and I am grateful to the Government of Canada for taking this historic step with us.

I look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners through the implementation of the National Housing Strategy to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.

Local Updates

Seniors Housing and Long-Term Care at 640 Lansdowne Ave

I am pleased to share that that City Council has approved a partnership with Magellan Community Charities for the construction of 256 long-term care beds and 65 affordable seniors housing units at 640 Lansdowne Ave! Working together with the community, the creation of affordable seniors housing was a clear priority for this surplus City land and I am proud that we are delivering on this commitment.

A new public park will also be created and the City is looking to attract additional local employment uses to the rest of the site. As the design process begins, I look forward to keeping you informed throughout this process.

Dufferin Grove Park Improvements Public Meeting

As you may know, the City has been working in consultation with the community to develop designs for improvements to the northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park. Input from the community has been a central part of this process, so thank you to the many residents have contacted my office about this project. It is important that this feedback continues to be shared with the project team so that it can be incorporated into the work. In order to share your feedback with the team, please email   katy.aminian@toronto.ca or lmchardy@lura.ca or visit https://dufferingrove-northwestrevitalization.ca/contact-us to submit your comments and find more information.

The City will be holding the next public meeting on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at St. Helen's Catholic School (1196 College St) from 6pm to 8:30pm in order to share design updates and hear from the community on these updates. I look forward to seeing you there as we work collaboratively to improve Dufferin Grove Park!

Dufferin Mall Development Update

The owners of the Dufferin Mall, Primaris REIT, are looking to redevelop the northern portion of the mall site. On April 2nd the property owners of the Dufferin Mall hosted a second public open house to share more details about their vision for the site and the meeting was well attended. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Primaris' vision for the site includes new park space, rental housing, expanded street-level and mall retail space, various buildings with heights between 14 and 39 storeys tall. It is important to note that Primaris has not submitted any formal applications to the City and that the designs and documents shown are created by Primaris. Primaris shared their site plan (shown to the right) with residents. Once their application is submitted, City Planning will begin their formal rigorous evaluation and hold public consultations with the community. I will continue to keep our community updated on this important issue and you can find the drawings and information shown at the open house at www.dufferingrovevillage.ca/the-site

Rogers Rd BIA and Mural

This week I was proud to join businesses on Rogers Rd to discuss the creation of a new Businesses Improvement Area (BIA) and showcase the newly installed mural at Rogers Rd between Blackthorn Ave and Silverthorn Ave! Across our community, businesses have joined their efforts as BIAs to lead community events, festivals, beautification projects and much more. There was a lot of ideas and interest in how to improve the Rogers Rd area and I'm certain these conversations will continue as the businesses move towards a vote.

With the new Rogers Rd street banners already up, the City sponsored a project through the StreetART Toronto program to transform a blank concrete retaining wall into a gorgeous mural by artist Christiano De Araujo, titled "See The Forest For The Trees". With this vibrant splash of colour added to the street, the future is bright on Rogers Road! 

Peel/Gladstone 2020 Reconstruction Public Meeting

The City of Toronto is now moving forward with changes approved through the 2010 Peel-Gladstone Reconstruction Environmental Assessment Study to convert Peel Ave. and Gladstone Ave. (from Minowan Miikan Ln to Peel Ave.) into a one-way operation for motor vehicle traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel in both directions. Two-way motor vehicle travel on Gladstone Avenue to Minowan Miikan Lane will remain.

The City is working on the design details to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities on both Gladstone Avenue and Peel Avenue including:

  • wider sidewalks
  • contraflow bike lanes
  • Green street features (trees, grass boulevard)

A public meeting will take place on April 8, 2019 at 6:30pm at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre (66 Sheridan Ave) to share more information and hear from residents. you can find the presentation slides and more project information online at www.toronto.ca/peelgladstone.

 

1800 St Clair Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income Development Approved

At City Council this March, we approved a mixed-use development at 1800 St Clair Ave W. The midrise and townhouse will include 276 units with 74% being two and three bedroom. In addition, twenty units of affordable housing townhouses will be constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, there will be an 854 sq meter expansion to SADRA Park, $400,000 will be given in community benefits for our parks and public amenities, and multiple new retail units will add to the vibrancy on St Clair.

Creating complete communities with transit access, mixed housing, and community infrastructure is crucial for building an efficient and safe city and I look forward to working with our City Planning staff and residents to ensure developments meets the needs of our community.

Recognizing the Legacy of Community Members through Laneways

Our community is filled with hardworking volunteers, advocates, and leaders who have helped shape the history, culture, and identity of Davenport and the City of Toronto. Appreciating the legacy of those who have helped build our community is important to inspire future generations. This month at Community Council we approved three public laneway names to honour both past and present members of our community. We celebrate their legacy, achievements, and their leadership through the naming of these laneways. The laneway naming honours:

Cavliere Gino Cucch 
Gino has been an active member of the St. Clair community, leading the creation of the Corso Italia Business Improvement Association in 1984, and has continually supported The Canadian Cancer Society, The Hospital for Sick Children, the Thalassemia Association, and the After Breast Cancer Society. He has also been involved with international fundraising to provide support to peoples in Uganda, Ghana, and Mexico.

Cavlier Gino Cuchhi Lane,’ will be located north of St. Clair Ave W, extending between Nairn Ave and Earlscourt Ave.

Edward McIllwian
Edward McIllwian was Davenport resident of over 50 years known for his warm and generous spirit. He was a proactive community contributor who never missed an opportunity to befriend those in the community.

Edward McIlwain Lane,’ will be located north of Davenport Rd, extending between Regal Rd and Oakwood Ave.

Antonio Lopes
Antonio Lopes was one of the first Portuguese newcomers in today’s Little Portugal. He was a community leader, and passionate advocate of both Portuguese and English literacy in the Toronto Board of Education. As a founding member of the First Canadian Portuguese Club, and Associacao Cultural do Minho of Toronto, he was known for his willingness to always lend a hand for all those in need of help.

Antonio Lopes Lane,’ will be located east of Gladstone Ave, extending between Argyle St and Cross St.

Events

Dufferin Grove Park Improvements Public Meeting - Wednesday April 17 2019 from 6pm to 8:30pm at St. Helen Catholic School (1196 College St)

The City will be holding the next public meeting on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at St. Helen's Catholic School (1196 College St) from 6pm to 8:30pm in order to share design updates and hear from the community on these updates. I look forward to seeing you there as we work collaboratively to improve Dufferin Grove Park!

Peel/Gladstone 2020 Reconstruction Public Meeting - April 8, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre (66 Sheridan Ave).

The City of Toronto is holding a public meeting to discuss major reconstruction planned for Peel and Gladstone Ave on April 8, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Mark McCormick Recreation Centre. The Peel/Gladstone project is scheduled to take place in 2020 and will see the street transformed to be more pedestrian and cycling friendly while providing local parking and vehicle access for residents.

Davenport 2019 Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday April 20, 2019 from 1-3pm at Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Grove Park)

My annual Easter Egg Hunt at Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) is coming up on Saturday April 20th 2019 from 1pm to 3pm! This is a great family oriented community event where I encourage you to bring your kids to hunt for Easter eggs in the park. With chocolates, arts & crafts, dancing, face painting and more, this egg-citing Hunt is a great way to shake off the winter chills and have some fun with the kids! Please RSVP by clicking here.

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program Information Session - April 25 from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Humber Community Employment Services (1345 St. Clair Ave W, 2nd Floor, Toronto, M6E 1C3)

Employment Ontario and Humber College are offering a Free Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program that is designed as a transition step to finding an apprenticeship. For more information or to register for this information session, please contact Humber College at 416-654-5566 or hcesscw@humber.ca.

Humber Apprenticeship

Bloordale Spring Cleanup - Saturday, April 27 from 10am-11:30am at Susan Tibaldi Parkette

Beautify Bloordale on Saturday, April 27th with the Bloordale Community Improvement Association. Meet up at Susan Tibaldi Parkette, don't forget your gloves!

Bloordale Spring Cleanup

DPNCHC Community Singing Drop-In - Thursdays from March 21-May 9 from 6pm to 7pm at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre (1900 Davenport Rd, The Sanctuary)

Davenport Perth neighbourhood health Centre is holding Free Community Singing Drop-Ins from March  21st to May 9th 2019. For more information, please contact Gabrielle Langlois at 416-656-8025 or glanglois@dpnchc.ca.

 

Arts + Puppetry Summer Camps at George Chuvalo Community Centre - July 2 - August 6 at George Chuvalo Community Centre

The George Chuvalo Community Centre is hosting Arts + Puppetry Summer Camps for kids in grade 4-6! For more information and to register, please contact Julia Gonsalves at 416-668-3492 or Julia@conc.ca or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/GChuvaloCentre/

City Updates 

Update on the Province's Subway Upload

The Province has indicated that they will be bringing forward legislation to take ownership of the subway later this year, however it remains unclear what exactly this may mean and how it would be implemented. I have serious concerns about the Province's proposed "upload" and the reality is that our buses, streetcars, and trains still need to run on time. Regardless of the outcome, we need to ensure that the Toronto's transit system remains properly supported in order to continue moving people across this city.

l approved a transit network plan that would enhance and expand rapid transit service across Toronto. This plan was built with the input of Torontonians and should form the basis of expanding the system. The Province must respect these plans that the people of Toronto have already decided upon through multiple votes at City Council and October's municipal election.

At Executive Committee in March, the City Manager presented an update on the plans for public consultation and the discussions with the Province, which broadly laid out three points of discussion the Province wants to engage on. These include ownership and responsibilities of existing infrastructure and expansion projects, ownership and responsibility over future projects, and a comprehensive reconsideration of transit responsibilities, funding, and governance for each level of government.

It is absolutely critical that there be a strong public awareness campaign and robust public consultation and I did not think there was enough information in front of us on these topics. At Executive Committee I moved a motion to have the City Manager report directly to City Council to inform Councillors and the public on when consultations would start, how they will be advertised to ensure maximum attendance/awareness and how the City could provide updates through social media and e-mail for Torontonians to stay updated on this issue. I am proud that City Council then unanimously supported my motion to have City staff create and implement a public information campaign including ads on TTC vehicles, stations and shelters. Consultations will include public meetings, online survey, subway station popups, tele-townhalls, webinars and an Expert Advisory Panel. The first public meeting is expected to be scheduled in May.

You can find a link to my motion and the entire report at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX3.1

At the end of the day, this is a negotiation whether we like it or not. While that is the case, I believe we have some strong assets for this fight. We have the people of Toronto, who believe in good public transit and want more investments made to improve service. We also have the knowledge of how to run a transit system and we need to use that knowledge to our maximum benefit. I will continue to stand up for the people of Toronto and keep our community informed throughout this process. 

HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan Consultations

As we work to build a strong foundation on housing, we need to plan for the future. The City has launched it's public consultations on a new housing action plan called HousingTO. We are looking to set clear and measurable targets for the City based on your ideas and input. 

The City will be hosting four public meetings and is conducting an online survey to hear from residents and housing stakeholders. We need your ideas and I encourage you to participate! You can find links to the questionnaire and more information at toronto.ca/housingplan and find upcoming meeting dates below 

Scarborough Civic Centre - Wednesday April 10, 2019, 5:30pm-8:30pm
150 Borough Drive, Council Chambers

Etobicoke Civic Centre - Thursday April 18, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
399 The West Mall, Council Chambers

Metro Hall - Thursday - Tuesday April 30, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
55 John Street, 3rd Floor, Room 308

North York Civic Centre - Wednesday May 1, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
5100 Yonge St, Council Chambers

For more information or to provide feedback, please contact 311 or housingplan@toronto.ca.

Retail Main Street Study

The Toronto BIA Office has launched a study of Toronto's retail main streets and want input from both residents and businesses on the challenges and issues facing independent businesses across Toronto. By providing your feedback, you will help ensure that the unique challenges of your community are understood and accounted for.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to take the online surveys listed here, Resident SurveyBusiness Survey. You can find more information about the City’s Retail Main Streets study is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/retailmainstreetsTO.

News Clippings

Laneway suite applications rolling into Toronto - Post City Toronto

Protesters call on city to 'save our subway' from provincial takeover, others say more detail needed - CBC News

Housing advocates, landlords praise loosened rules proposed for secondary suites - CBC News

Laneway housing begins to take shape under Toronto’s new rules - The Star

Cycling advocates push to expand busy Bloor Street bike lanes to High Park - CityNews

Scout Condos moves into West St. Clair West - The Star

‘Renovictions’ loophole keeps tenants on edge - The Star

Important Notices

City offers grants to support the creation of pollinator gardens 

Through its new PollinateTO Community Grants, the City is offering grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led projects that:

  • create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including residential streets, neighbourhoods and school yards
  • enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants

Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. You can help! Learn more and apply by May 1st by visiting livegreentoronto.ca.

Westmoreland Shanly Repairs

Pre-Construction Notice - Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Westmoreland Ave and Shanly St

Watermain cleaning and relining will be taking place starting in April on Westmoreland Ave and Shanly St. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2019. Questions can be directed to the City of Toronto Field Ambassador team at 416-508-3164 or TorontoWMRehab2@wsp.com from 7:00am-7:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council met on March 27 and 28, 2019. Council Highlights is a summary of a selection of the decisions Toronto City Council made at its meeting. The City Clerk's full, official documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Public transit

Toronto's transit system

Council adopted recommendations and motions that address ongoing discussions between the City and the Ontario government on the management of public transit projects in Toronto. The actions adopted by Council include responding to two letters the City received from the province in late March. The letters name four specific projects as provincial priorities – the Scarborough subway extension, the Eglinton West extension, the downtown relief line and the Yonge subway extension. Discussions are to address responsibilities for undertaking/managing those transit projects.

Public consultation on transit

Council supported proceeding with a joint City/Toronto Transit Commission public information campaign explaining City Council’s position on the transit upload that the Ontario government has announced. The information campaign will detail plans for public consultations and inform Torontonians about matters such as accelerated planning for priority transit expansion projects, integrating transit services and modernizing/enhancing the existing subway system while maintaining it in a state of good repair.

Housing

Updated rules on secondary suites      

Council adopted a recommended zoning bylaw amendment that will support the creation of more secondary suites. The amendment removes a time delay, permits self-contained secondary suites in townhouses (as well as in detached and semi-detached houses), and removes minimum-size and parking requirements. Council also asked staff to review and report on the City's current policy on development charges pertinent to the construction of secondary suites.  

Location of municipal shelters 

Council agreed to amend the City's zoning bylaw on locating municipal shelters. The amendment supports having municipal shelters in most areas of the city by removing conditions that had restricted where they may be located. This change will help address the growing demand for shelter services and allow for quick responses to changing circumstances. Shelters are still not permitted in areas zoned for industrial/employment purposes.

Participation in Reaching Home program 

Council authorized the City to enter into an agreement for participation in the new federal government program called Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy, which replaces the Homelessness Partnering Strategy in April. The federal strategy is a national investment over 10 years to support the most vulnerable Canadians with affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness.

Housing allowance program  

Council voted to ask staff to report in May on potential measures to expand the City's housing allowance program. Funding options to be considered are to include, but not be limited to, the creation of a new tier of the municipal land transfer tax for transactions above the current top tier. The housing allowance consists of money provided directly to eligible Toronto households as a monthly benefit to help them cope with their housing challenges.

Review of community housing 

Council adopted a motion that calls for expanding the options to be addressed in a staff report now underway on Toronto Community Housing Corporation's governance and mandate. As a result, the review will cover various options to improve services for tenants of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, including the possibility of dissolving the corporation and integrating it into the City as an agency or commission.

New affordable housing project     

Council supported a plan for the City to support the creation of up to 65 affordable rental units at 640 Lansdowne Ave. as part of the Open Door program. The City will provide financial incentives for the company undertaking the project (Magellan Community Charities). This project will result in new housing opportunities for seniors, with good access to public transit. The site is owned by the Toronto Transit Commission, which has designated the site as surplus.

Standards and health

Heat relief - apartments  

Council supported a Board of Health recommendation on steps for the City to take pertaining to excessive heat in many Toronto apartments during periods of hot weather. For example, staff are to look into options for window protection in apartment buildings that balance child safety with the ability to permit air circulation for heat relief, and to explore technology available for monitoring apartment temperatures. City communication with apartment buildings' landlords is another focus.

Planning and public realm

Site plan review process 

Council agreed to communicate with Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to express concerns about the province considering reducing the scope of municipalities' review of site plans. Information provided with the motion that Council adopted says the current site plan approval process, which takes place in the context of the Planning Act, serves Toronto well and weakening it would compromise high-quality design.

Co-ordination of work for accessibility  

Council voted to ask for a report on the viability of creating a City program that will encourage businesses and property owners to co-ordinate their property improvements with the City's public-realm sidewalk construction, utility upgrades and repair work so as to achieve compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Sidewalk cafés and parklets  

Council agreed to establish a separate chapter of the Toronto Municipal Code for sidewalk cafés, public parklets and marketing displays. The result is a harmonized bylaw that will ensure application standards and fees are consistent across the city. The harmonized bylaw will come into force on September 1. Staff's preparations for the new bylaw will include providing information about café and marketing permits via the City's Open Data web portal.

Public realm/sidewalk standards   

A motion calling for a review of enforcement levels and educational efforts currently in place to maintain the City's public realm and sidewalk standards, along with related actions, received Council's support. Related actions to be pursued include, among others, educating owners of businesses and properties about their responsibilities/roles in helping to make the city clean and beautiful.

Economy, culture and events

Continuation of Toronto Global  

Council approved the City's continued participation as a supporter of Toronto Global for the next five years, subject to conditions pertaining to funding and other governments' commitments. Formally launched in 2017, Toronto Global is an organization that is working to attract foreign investment and support economic development in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

Street festivals  

Council adopted a motion calling for staff and the police chief to discuss policing costs and protocols for Toronto's neighbourhood street festivals, leading to a report for Council on ways to reduce those costs while ensuring public safety at the events. It was noted that some local business groups have expressed concerns about the rising costs of providing paid duty officers at street festivals, which could affect the viability of some of these summer events.

Appointment of Poet Laureate  

Council voted to appoint Al Moritz the Poet Laureate of Toronto from April 1, 2019 to 2022 or until a successor is appointed. Moritz, who is Toronto's sixth Poet Laureate, has received national and international honours for his work as a poet/author. As Poet Laureate of Toronto, he is expected to advocate for poetry, language and the arts in general.

New attraction for Toronto Zoo  

Council approved having the City assist with financial arrangements for the Toronto Zoo's management board to enter into a contract with the Moment Factory for a "Lumina experience" at the zoo. The interactive exhibit, scheduled to open later this year as a ticketed event promoting conservation, will increase awareness of the zoo as a year-round operation and has the potential to bring economic benefits to the city's east side in the general vicinity of the zoo.

Special meeting of March 7, 2019

City's 2019 operating and capital budgets

At a special meeting on March 7, Council discussed a recommended budget for 2019 and approved an operating budget of $13.47 billion along with a 10-year capital budget and plan of $40.67 billion. The budget enables the City to provide more than 150 services, supported by capital assets and infrastructure valued at almost $95 billion. The 2019 budget also continues investments in Council-approved plans addressing priorities such as poverty reduction, youth equity, housing, environmental sustainability and city building.

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