A Deeper Dive

At Summit 2023, delegates will dive deeper on the following opportunities for action:

A Blueprint For Cooperation:

Leveraging Coordination & Collaboration to Build More Affordable Housing

The Toronto region has an urgent housing affordability crisis. Throughout the region, real estate and rental prices are out of reach for many, construction of new homes continues to lag behind population growth, labour markets are seeing significant gaps in skilled trades, and inflation is significantly impacting costs across the board. It is also a space with multiples stakeholders (including all orders of government), differing views on the path forward, and where process often gets in the way of progress.

What realistic solutions exist to more effectively mobilize private, public, & non-profit actors to make housing more attainable and affordable? Download this Idea Starter

Financial Mobility:

Rethinking Access to Capital and Credit

Supply is often cited as the solution to our affordable housing crisis, but it’s only one part of the housing equation. There are so many more variables including economic uncertainty, high borrowing costs, inflation, the growing cost of living, and the concentration of inter-generational wealth. These challenges are broad and complex, requiring us to collectively rethink systems and processes for both public and market-driven solutions.

How can we rethink economic pathways and financial systems to increase housing choices for more people in the GTHA? Download this Idea Starter

Starting Local:

Investing in Community-Centred & Transit-Oriented Living

More complete communities are more affordable communities. The integration of land use and mobility alone does not deliver the quality of life we all aspire to offer all GTHA residents. Other factors like food security, access to nature, healthcare, high quality education and training, & commerce and trade requires a more comprehensive participatory design approach from the onset if our investments are going to be optimized.

How can we more consistently centre ‘community’ when it comes to both public and private investments in housing & transit? And where can we replicate or scale existing successes to other parts of the GTHA? Download this Idea Starter

Leveling The Playing Field:

Accelerating Economic Mobility for Those Being Left Behind

The Toronto region is the economic centre of the country, representing 1/5 of Canada’s GDP and 38% of Canada’s business headquarters. It is also the region with the greatest economic inequality in Canada, and the gap between “rich” and “poor” is widening at a record pace. The systemic and long-term effects of inequity have many consequences and for growth to be sustained and inclusive, its benefits must reach all people.

How can we work across sectors to shrink the region’s growing economic inequity? Download this Idea Starter

Passport To Prosperity:

Accelerating Employment Pathways for Newcomers

As a global immigration hub, newcomers play a vital role in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area‘s (GTHA) economic and social success. However, newcomers also face long-established systemic barriers to the labour market. This comes at a time when the GTHA is facing significant and growing labour market gaps.

Recognizing the heightened success that comes from inclusive settlement approaches, how can employers work alongside public and non-profit sectors to remove the systemic barriers newcomers face in accessing labour markets? Download this Idea Starter

Future-Proofing The Talent Pipeline:

Addressing the GTHA’s Labour Market Gaps

A healthy labour market is core to building prosperous communities. However, in the wake of a global pandemic that transformed our workplaces and exacerbated gaps in our workforces, the region is also grappling with an unprecedented shortage of skilled trade workers in mission-critical sectors like manufacturing and construction.
How can we better develop, attract, and retain the talent needed to address immediate and anticipated labour gaps in the region? Download this Idea Starter

Reconcili-Action:

Meaningful Approaches to Decolonizing Organizations and Institutions

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report in 2015, along with 10 Principles of Reconciliation. These principles act as guideposts for undertaking the work of decolonization and reconciliation in Canada and uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as “the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.”

As we work to address the dark actions and genocide perpetrated upon the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples through colonization, a new relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples must be established that is mutually beneficial for all parties, based on respect, and acknowledges past actions, transparency, and trust.

How can we more consistently centre ‘community’ when it comes to both public and private investments in housing & transit? And where can we replicate or scale existing successes to other parts of the GTHA? Download this Idea Starter

Building Safe Communities With Community:

Building Safe & Livable Communities for All

Toronto is considered among the top ten safest cities in Canada — but the reality across the Toronto region paints a very different picture. We are seeing increasing threats to safety in our streets, our transit, our schools, and places of worship, causing heightened anxiety. Automobile theft is at a record high. Systemic prejudice and racism remain serious factors, along with the acknowledgement that safety can mean very different things depending on your gender, sexual orientation, race, age, or ability.

The challenge of building safe communities is multi-layered, multi-dimensional, and complex — and it requires many scales of collaboration to address the root causes.

How can we rethink economic pathways and financial systems to increase housing choices for more people in the GTHA? Download this Idea Starter