Agenda

Consolidated



Executive Committee


Meeting No. 4   Contact Jennifer Forkes, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Wednesday, March 25, 2015
  Phone 416-392-4666
Start Time 9:30 AM
  E-mail exc@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
  Chair   Mayor John Tory  


 

Executive Committee

Mayor John Tory (Chair)

Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Vice Chair)

Councillor Paul Ainslie

Councillor Ana Bailão

Councillor Michelle Berardinetti

Councillor Gary Crawford

Councillor Frank Di Giorgio

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

Councillor Cesar Palacio

Councillor James Pasternak

Councillor Jaye Robinson

Councillor David Shiner

Councillor Michael Thompson

 

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Declarations of Interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

 

Confirmation of Minutes - January 22, 2015 and March 2, 2015

 

Speakers/Presentations - A complete list will be distributed at the meeting.

 

Communications/Reports 

 

EX4.1

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Amendment to the Fixed Terms of the Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar Functions
Origin
(March 10, 2015) Report from the City Manager
Recommendations
The City Manager recommends that:

1.  City Council amend Article IV, Section 3-24 of the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 3, Accountability Officers to change the term of the Lobbyist Registrar to a seven (7) year non-renewable term.

2.  City Council amend Article V, Section 3-28 of the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 3, Accountability Officers to change the term of the Ombudsman to a seven (7) year non-renewable term.

3.  City Council direct that the term changes for the Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar come into effect for future Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar appointments.
Summary

This report recommends amending the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 3, Accountability Officers to provide a non-renewable fixed seven (7) year term for the Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar function.  A non-renewable term is consistent with what is already in place for Toronto's Auditor General and Integrity Commissioner. 

 

The terms of the Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar are currently five (5) years, renewable once for an additional five (5) years.  The recommended term amendments will come into effect with future Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar appointments.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the implementation of the recommendations in this report.

Background Information
(March 10, 2015) Report from the City Manager on Amendment to the Fixed Terms of the Ombudsman and Lobbyist Registrar Functions
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77955.pdf)


EX4.2

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Amendment to Former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto By-law 25-85 "Respecting the Management of Exhibition Place"
Origin
(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Manager
Recommendations
The City Manager recommends that:

1.  City Council authorize the transfer of management responsibility of the lands identified within this report from the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place to the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division by:

a.  amending By-law No. 25-85 "Respecting the Management of Exhibition Place" enclosed as Appendix A to this report and By-law No. 45-84 "Respecting the Regulation of Traffic in Exhibition Place" of the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, to remove a strip of land located south of Lake Shore Boulevard from the Lands shown under the management of the Board as highlighted on the map enclosed as Appendix B to this report;

b.  transferring the lands to the management responsibility of the City's Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division and subject to Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks, and update the configuration of the roadways at Exhibition Place to reflect the current status; and

c.  authorizing the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary bills to amend the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto By-laws No. 25-85 and No. 45-84, and Chapter 63, Exhibition Place Governance.
 
2.  City Council authorize the General Manager of the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) satisfactory to the City Solicitor to licence/permit use of the strip of land south of Lake Shore Boulevard shown in Appendix B, as required for the purpose of staging events for the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at a nominal rental fee to the Canadian National Exhibition Association, provided that the agreement includes terms to ensure:
 
a.  cost of use is recovered by the City for any necessary remediation of the land; and

b.  the protection or restoration from damage during this use of existing structures such as the footings of the Exhibition Place Bailey Bridge and the intake for the Exhibition Place lake water irrigation system located on the lands.  
 
3.  City Council authorize the City Manager and the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place to make the necessary amendments to any governance policies or instruments consistent with the decisions of City Council in this report, including the Relationship Framework of the City with the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place.
Summary

On February 6, 2015, the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place (the Board) approved amendments to the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto By-law No. 25-85 "Respecting the Management of Exhibition Place" (Metro By-law 25-85), attached in Appendix A, to remove a small strip of land south of Lake Shore Boulevard from the lands shown under its management, subject to City Council approval.

 

This report recommends that City Council amend Metro By-law 25-85 as requested by the Board, and further recommends that City Council place these lands within the jurisdiction of the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division (PFR) and subject to Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks, to allow PFR to licence/permit the strip of land to the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) for the purpose of staging the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

 

This strip of land being removed from the management of the Board is highlighted in Appendix B to this report, and more specifically shown in the drawing attached to Metro By-law 25-85. The changes recommended in this report would allow PFR to manage and permit the land, as has been the recent practice, and to implement activities being prepared on the land for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Financial Impact

There are no financial impacts resulting from the approval of the recommendations in this report.

Background Information
(March 11, 2015) Report and Appendices A and B from the City Manager on Amendment to former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto By-law 25-85 "Respecting the Management of Exhibition Place"
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77954.pdf)


EX4.3

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election
Origin
(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Clerk
Recommendations

The City Clerk recommends that:

 

1.  City Council receive this report for information.

Summary

In accordance with subsection 12.1(2) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended (MEA), the City Clerk has prepared a report about the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that affect electors and candidates with disabilities.  The attached report identifies the various initiatives undertaken by the City Clerk for the 2014 election as well as the outcomes and actions moving forward.

 

Members of the accessibility community made extraordinary contributions to the 2014 Election.  Their willingness to share their time and expertise allowed the Clerk and staff to gain a far deeper understanding of the issues and barriers faced by persons with disabilities.  The Clerk will continue to work closely with the Accessibility Outreach Network, the Disability Issues Committee and persons with disabilities to identify, remove and prevent barriers for future elections.

Financial Impact

There is no financial impact of receiving this report for information.  The cost of implementing the 2014 Election Accessibility Plan was $456,939.05.  The source of these funds was the Election Reserve, and the expenditures are detailed in the attached report.

Background Information
(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Clerk on Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77941.pdf)

Appendix A - 2014 Municipal Election Report on Accessibility
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77942.pdf)


EX4.4

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee
Origin
(March 10, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A
Recommendations
The Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A recommends that:

1.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to prioritize in its 2015-2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of  Ontario with respect to schools lands disposition that:
 
a.  takes into consideration the full value of schools as community assets, in addition to their value as educational institutions;

b.  provides a viable framework for retaining public ownership of former school properties when there is agreement among the parties that the site should be retained; and

c.  identifies additional capital funding sources for school renewal in Toronto.

2.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to report back to Executive Committee on these issues by the fourth quarter of 2015.

3.  City Council request the Province and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to engage the City of Toronto as a strategic partner in the 2014-2016 studies of potential school sales and closures.
Summary

This report clarifies the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) ten year plan for school closures and summarizes the implications of this plan in light of the City's fourfold interest in schools as community assets:

 

1.      schools as spaces for child care and early learning;

2.      school lands as green space;

3.      schools as sites for non-educational services and programming; and

4.      schools to serve growth areas.

 

The report recommends that the City pursue a new multilateral relationship with the School Boards and the Province of Ontario in relation to the disposition of school board properties in Toronto, in order to realize and retain the value of schools as community assets. The new City-School Boards Advisory Committee, approved by Toronto City Council at its February 2015 meeting, is the appropriate body to investigate and recommend options for this process.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the adoption of the recommendations included in this report. The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(March 10, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77897.pdf)

Appendix A - Summary Statistics on Municipal Interests in Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools under Review/ Proposed for Closure
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77898.pdf)

Appendix B - Table 1 - Municipal interests in "Consideration for Sale" Sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties identified for potential sale
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77899.pdf)

Appendix C - Map 1 - Municipal Interests in "Consideration for Sale" sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties Identified for Potential Sale
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77960.pdf)

Appendix D - Table 2 and 2a: Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews and Non-Educational Uses at "Review for Closure" Sites
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77961.pdf)

Appendix E - Map 2 - Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools Identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77962.pdf)

Appendix F - List of 130 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools with 2014 Utilization Rates of 65% or Lower, listed by Utilization Rate
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77963.pdf)

Appendix G - Divisional Comments on Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Potential School Closures: Children's Services Division, City Planning; Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77964.pdf)

Communications
(March 20, 2015) Letter from Marilyn E. Schafer, Chair, Older Women's Network (EX.Supp.EX4.4.1)

(Deferred from January 22, 2015 - 2015.EX2.5)
EX4.5

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 16 

Acquisition of a Portion of 12 Bannockburn Avenue
Confidential Attachment - A proposed or pending acquisition or sale of land for municipal or local board purposes
Origin
(January 8, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer
Recommendations
The Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer recommend that:

1.  City Council authorize the Chief Corporate Officer to negotiate the acquisition of the Property with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) at the purchase price outlined in Confidential Attachment 1, and authorize the City to enter into an agreement of purchase and sale substantially on the terms outlined in Appendix A to this report and on such other terms and conditions and such related documents as may be acceptable to the Chief Corporate Officer and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

2.  City Council amend the 2015 Parks, Forestry and Recreation Capital Budget to create a new capital project called "12 Bannockburn Avenue- Land Acquisition" as outlined in Confidential Attachment 1, including all fees and disbursements, to be funded from the following reserve funds: Park Acquisition – North York pre 1999 (XR2004), 5% and 2% Land Acquisition Reserve Fund – North York (XR2008), Parkland Acquisition – North York (XR2039), Alternative Parkland Dedication for Ward 16 (XR2213-4200615, XR2213-4200628, and XR2213-4200629) and Parkland Acquisition – North District Local Land (XR2206), when successful negotiations are completed.

3.  City Council authorizes severally each of the Chief Corporate Officer and the Director of Real Estate Services to execute the Offer to Sell agreement (the "Agreement") and associated agreements and documents under the Agreement on behalf of the City.

4.  City Council authorize the Chief Corporate Officer to administer and manage the transaction, including the provision of any consents, approvals, waivers and notices, provided that she may, at any time, refer consideration of any such matters (including their content) to City Council for its consideration and direction.

5.  City Council authorize the City Solicitor to complete the contemplated transaction  on behalf of the City, including paying any necessary expenses, amending the closing, due diligence and other dates, and amending and waiving terms and conditions, on such terms as she considers reasonable.

6.  City Council authorize the public release of the confidential information and recommendations in Confidential Attachment 1 once the transaction contemplated in this report has been completed, and Toronto District School Board has disposed of its interest in the remainder of the 2.13 acre surplus parcel.

7.  City Council authorize that the appropriate City officials be directed to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.
Summary

The purpose of this report is to obtain authority and funding to acquire a minimum of 0.5 acres of the surplus school site at 12 Bannockburn Avenue (the "Property") from the Toronto District School Board ("TDSB") for parkland purposes.  The City of Toronto received an Offer to Sell from the Toronto Lands Corporation ("TLC") on behalf of the Toronto District School Board.  This report seeks City Council approval to proceed as outlined in Confidential Attachment 1.

Financial Impact

This report seeks Council direction to proceed with the purchase of a portion of surplus school lands at 12 Bannockburn Avenue, based on a counter-offer to the Toronto Lands Corporation as outlined in Confidential Attachment 1.  

 

The operating and maintenance costs of the Property are estimated at $18,000 per year, starting in 2016.  The maintenance cost for the remainder of 2015 will be absorbed within the 2015 Parks, Forestry and Recreation Operating Budget.  The future operating impact for this Property will be added to the 2016 Operating Budget submission when full maintenance services are expected to commence. Park development costs of between $500,000 and $600,000 will be covered in the 2016 Capital Budget with no impact to other planned Parkland Development projects.

Background Information
(January 8, 2015) Report and Appendices A - E from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Acquisition of a Portion of 12 Bannockburn Avenue
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-75336.pdf)

Confidential Attachment 1
Communications
(January 21, 2015) E-mail from Cynthia A. MacDougall, McCarthy Tetrault (EX.Main.EX4.5.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-50804.pdf)


EX4.6

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 11 

The Weston Community / Cultural Hub - Next Steps
Origin
(March 11, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture
Recommendations
The Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture recommend that:

1.  City Council approve the preliminary funding model for the Community/Cultural Hub and the Live/Work Units as set out in the Financial Impact section of this report, based on plans to be submitted to the City's Planning Department by the Rockport Group for the market rental building.

2.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to co-ordinate the negotiation of the agreements and security required to proceed with the Hub, Live/Work Units and Open Space Area, in consultation with relevant City divisions, the Toronto Parking Authority, the Rockport Group, Woodbourne Capital Management and Toronto Artscape Inc..

3.  City Council authorize the designation of Toronto Artscape Inc. as the operator/leaseholder of the proposed 26 Live/Work Units, conditional upon:

a.  Toronto Artscape Inc. providing a finalized business case and lease that confirms the viability of the Live/Work Units, satisfactory to the Director, Affordable Housing Office; and

b.  City Council granting final planning approval for the Development.
 
4.  City Council authorize the designation of Toronto Artscape Inc. as the operator/leaseholder and manager of the proposed Community/Cultural Hub and the Open Space Area, subject to the following conditions:
 
a.  Toronto Artscape Inc. providing a finalized business case and lease that confirms the viability of the Community/Cultural Hub and Open Space Area, satisfactory to the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture; and

b.  City Council granting final planning approval for the Development and final approval of the Funding Model.
 
5.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to expedite the planning review process once the Rockport Group has made the necessary planning applications.

6.  City Council direct that, should the developer not be able to obtain above grade permits and commence construction of the new apartment building by the end of July 2016 and the developer is not willing to extend the fixed price term beyond that period, the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A report through Executive Committee to City Council on whether to proceed with the Proposal, and if so, the source of funds required. 

7.  City Council direct the Director, Affordable Housing Office, in consultation with relevant Divisions, to report through Executive Committee to City Council on the final funding and program for the Community/Cultural Hub, the Live/Work Units and the Open Space Area required for final approval, when Council considers the land use approvals for the overall project.
Summary

In August 2014, City Council directed staff to conduct due diligence on an innovative proposal (the "Proposal") to support the revitalization of the Weston community.  The Proposal includes the creation of an approximately 800-square meter community/cultural hub (the "Hub"), 26 affordable rental housing live/work units (the "Live/Work Units) for artists and an approximately 1,150 square meter "Open Space Area" to continue the Weston Farmers' Market and other community uses. This is to be built in conjunction with a purpose built market rental building comprised of approximately 350 units (collectively "the Development"). Council directed staff to report in early 2015 on City and third-party funding and other resources required to proceed.

 

The Proposal made by 22 John Street Developments Inc. (a Rockport Group company) to the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), has the Development being located on the surplus City-owned TPA surface parking lot at 22 John Street, together with vacant space in the base of the adjacent rental high-rise building at 33 King Street. A new, approximately 75-space TPA replacement parking lot will serve local businesses and the community. Artscape will be the eventual leaseholder operator of the Community/Cultural Hub and 26 Live/Work Units.

The Weston community has been identified as one of the City's 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs), with unemployment at a higher rate than the city average and a lack of affordable housing. The proposed multi-million dollar investment in the Development will create some 940 new jobs, which, together with the local expansion of public transit by Metrolinx and GO Transit will contribute to an area-wide social and economic revitalization.

 

Since August, staff from various City Divisions, led by the Affordable Housing Office, have worked with the TPA, the Rockport Group and its development participants, Woodbourne Capital Management and Toronto Artscape Inc. ("Artscape"), in conducting further due diligence on the unique funding and program model proposed. As a result of this work, additional refinements have been made to the overall proposal. The cost to build the Community/Cultural Hub, Live/Work Units and Open Space Area is projected to be $13.3 million, including an operating reserve.

 

This report recommends that Council approve the proposed preliminary funding model and program, conditional on the completion of on-going due diligence.

 

Council approval of the recommendations in this report will trigger the filing of planning applications by 22 John Street Developments Inc. and enable the next phase of due diligence by City staff.

 

The expectation of the parties is that by the end of this year or early in 2016 staff will have completed their due diligence on the Development. This will include determining what legal agreements will be necessary, and their content, based on the outcome of planning approvals. Staff will then be in a position to report on the proposed planning approvals, the overall program, and the final funding and proposal details which are set out in a preliminary fashion in this report.

Financial Impact

Subject to final planning approvals, the developer is proposing to deliver a completed Community/Cultural Hub of approximately 800 square meters, an Open Space Area of approximately 1,150 square meters to accommodate community uses including the Weston Farmers' Market and 26 Live/Work Units of affordable rental housing for Toronto Artscape Inc. The total capital cost is estimated at $10.05 million. An additional $3.25 million to be placed in an operating reserve will also be necessary to ensure the viability of the Community/Cultural Hub over the first 15 years of operation, for a total funding requirement of $13.3 million.

 

Funding for the project has been identified through a number of sources including the proceeds from the sale of the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) parking lot, relief from City fees and charges, Development Charge reserve fund contributions and credits, application of the Section 37 and cash-in-lieu parkland contributions, to be determined through the planning review process in the next phase, funding from the Federal-Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program, fundraising and a leasehold mortgage from Toronto Artscape Inc, as well as an operating endowment from the developer. The funding sources and estimated amounts are summarized as follows:


SOURCE OF FUNDS:

 

Proposed City Funding:

 

Net Proceeds TPA Sale

               $2,185,000

Developer's Section 37 Contribution

                1,600,000

Development Charges Credit for Parks & Recreation Purposes

                   800,000

Community Development Reserve Fund (XR3100) or alternate City source

                 500,000

Parkland Cash-in-lieu Contribution

                   460,000

DCs/Permit Fees Waived through Municipal Capital Facility Designation

     195,000

 

            

$5,740,000
_________

 

Proposed 3rd Party Funding:

 

Affordable Housing Federal/Provincial subsidy

               $3,510,000

Artscape Housing Leasehold Mortgage

       800,000

 

$4,310,000

TOTAL CAPITAL FUNDING

              $10,050,000

Artscape Fundraising - Operating Funds

                $1,250,000

Rockport Community Hub Operating Endowment

 2,000,000

TOTAL OPERATING SUBSIDY

$3,250,000

TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING

$13,300,000

 

There is no direct impact on City Operating or Capital Budgets from adoption of the recommendations contained in this report.  The sources of funds arise from the completion of the sale of the TPA parking lot and revenues to the City from the developer's proposed multi-residential development that are revenues which would not arise but for completion of the development. The affordable Live/Work Units are proposed to be funded through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program. The multi-residential development together with the Community/Cultural Hub and affordable rental Live/Work Units are seen as an important and essential step in the revitalization of the area.

 

The developer has proposed to guarantee the capital costs of the Project, but only if they are able to obtain above grade permits and commence construction of the new apartment building by the end of July 2016. The ability to obtain permits and commence construction by a certain timeline does not rest entirely with the City, but is also contingent on the applicant submitting materials to the City in a timely fashion, issues with the application being addressed by the applicant in a timely fashion, and considerations moving forward on the time line anticipated. In the event that the fixed price deadline is not met, and the developer does not agree to extending the period for the fixed price, or the funding sources are not available as presented in this preliminary plan, this report recommends that the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A report back through Executive Committee on whether to proceed with the Project, and if so, details of the funding plan required. 

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(March 11, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on The Weston Community/Cultural Hub - Next Steps
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77951.pdf)


EX4.7

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Housing Opportunities Toronto 2010-2020 - Five Year Review
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Recommendations
The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

1.  City Council again affirm its position that the Federal government re-invest the savings arising from the expiration of current agreements back into social housing.

2.  Executive Committee authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to form an interdivisional steering committee including, but not limited to: City Planning, Toronto Public Health, Long Term Care Homes and Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards, Corporate Finance, and Social Development, Finance and Administration, to oversee and advise on the review and update of the City's Housing Opportunities Toronto: Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010 – 2020.

3.  Executive Committee authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to execute the work plan outlined in the Comments section of the report (February 19, 2015) from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, including strategic public consultations, and to make recommendations to the Affordable Housing Committee, Executive and City Council in early 2016 to update the Housing Action Plan.
Summary

This report seeks the approval of the Executive Committee and the Affordable Housing Committee to proceed with a strategic updating of Housing Opportunities Toronto – An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT). This includes approval of the work plan outlined in this report, which provides for the release of a five-year report card on progress to date, a targeted public consultation process, and a report to Council in early 2016 on proposed changes to update the 10-year action plan.

 

City Council approved HOT and its 67 proposed actions in 2009. In its first five years the housing action plan has served the City well.  It has provided a City-wide blueprint for actions and guided the work of the many Divisions and agencies that have a role in delivering housing and homeless programs and policies. While federal/provincial investments in housing and homeless services have been made during the first five years of the Action Plan, they have fallen short of meeting needs.  In this regard, the Action Plan will require the federal and provincial governments to step up, rather than step back from, providing sufficient sustainable funding for the City's efforts to be successful.

 

The five-year review will incorporate work underway or planned in other divisions that have an impact on the City's housing and homelessness policies and programming.

 

The review and update of Housing Opportunities Toronto will also satisfy the provincial requirement under the Housing Services Act to conduct a five-year update and begin reporting annually on progress. The Province has also requested that the City look to identify actions to address housing issues affecting victims of domestic violence, as well work with the Province to develop additional performance measures.

 

An interdivisional steering committee, co-chaired by the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, will direct the three phases of the review.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Housing Opportunities Toronto 2010-2020 - Five Year Review
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77943.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Housing Opportunities Toronto 2010-2020 Five Year Review
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77989.pdf)

Attachment 1 - Housing Opportunities Toronto - An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77990.pdf)


EX4.8

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Providing a Property Tax Exemption for New Transitional Housing for Young Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking
Confidential Attachment - The security of the property of the municipality or local board
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Recommendations
The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

1.  City Council exempt from taxation for municipal and school purposes, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, for the non-profit development at the location contained in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (February 19, 2015) from the Director, Affordable Housing Office, for 15 years.

2.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, on behalf of the City, to enter into a municipal capital facility agreement with Toronto Community Housing Corporation, on terms and conditions acceptable to the City Solicitor, to secure the ongoing affordability of the units being exempted from taxation.

3.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, on behalf of the City to negotiate and enter into any amendments to or discharges or postponements of the municipal capital facility agreement, the City's security and any other documents or agreements required to enact this tax exemption on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Director, Affordable Housing Office, and in a form approved by the City Solicitor.
 
4.  City Council cancel or refund any taxes paid from the by-law exempting the property from taxation.

5.  City Council direct that Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (February 19, 2015) from the Director, Affordable Housing Office be made public at the discretion of the City Solicitor as it pertains to the security of the property of the municipality or local board.

6.  City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.
Summary

This report recommends that City Council approve a 15-year property tax exemption for a Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) property to be renovated into transitional housing for young women who are victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, (the "Transitional Home").

 

Recognizing the need to protect the safety and security of residents, the property's location is contained in the Confidential Attachment.

          

At its June 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014 meeting, Council approved financial assistance of up to $0.850 million to Toronto Community Housing Corporation for capital repairs to the property. Renovations are expected to start in early 2015 with occupancy of the eight units in late 2015 or early 2016.

 

A property tax exemption is consistent with City policy. Toronto Community Housing Corporation will be leasing the property to a charitable service agency at a nominal cost. The agency will manage the property and provide support services to assist young women in recovering from their trauma and to move on to more independent housing. These are particularly vulnerable individuals whose housing and social service needs are not being met in Toronto.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Providing a Property Tax Exemption for New Transitional Housing for Young Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77945.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office on Providing a Property Tax Exemption for New Transitional Housing for Young Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77991.pdf)

Confidential Attachment

EX4.9

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 28 

Providing Property Tax Exemptions for New Affordable Rental Homes in the West Don Lands
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Recommendations
The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

1.  City Council exempt from taxation for municipal and school purposes, Wigwamen Incorporated for its non-profit development currently municipally known as 745 Front Street East for 25 years.

2.  City Council exempt from taxation for municipal and school purposes, Fred Victor Centre for its non-profit development currently municipally known as 20 Palace Street for 25 years.

3.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, to enter into the municipal capital facility agreements with Wigwamen Incorporated and Fred Victor Centre to secure the tax exemption, on terms and conditions acceptable to the City Solicitor with Wigwamen Incorporated and Fred Victor.

4.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, on behalf of the City, to negotiate and enter into any amendments to or discharges or postponements of the municipal capital facility agreements, the City's securities therefore as well as any other documents or agreements required to enact this tax exemption on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Director, Affordable Housing Office, and in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

5.  City Council cancel or refund any taxes paid from the by-law exempting the property from taxation.

6.  City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.
Summary

The City of Toronto has partnered with the province to host the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. The City and its residents will benefit from a number of legacy initiatives, including affordable housing in the West Don Lands.

 

Construction is almost complete for two buildings which will house athletes during the games, this summer. After the games, the buildings will then be retrofitted to provide a total of 253 affordable housing units with occupancy scheduled for the spring of 2016.

 

Two non-profit organizations, Wigwamen Incorporated and Fred Victor Centre, were selected by Infrastructure Ontario in 2012 and received capital funding under a provincial Affordable Housing Program. They also received relief from City development fees and charges.

 

Consistent with City policy, this report recommends that City Council exempt Wigwamen Incorporated and Fred Victor Centre from property taxes for 25 years for the affordable rental housing developments at 745 Front Street East and 20 Palace Street in the West Don Lands. An exemption from property taxes will allow Wigwamen and Fred Victor to offer more affordable rents. Both buildings will have a range of one- to four-bedroom units and will be home to a mix of residents, including people of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health issues, veterans, newcomers and Sports Canada carded athletes.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Providing Property Tax Exemptions for New Affordable Rental Homes in the West Don Lands
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77946.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office on Providing Property Tax Exemptions for New Affordable Rental Homes in the West Don Lands
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77992.pdf)


EX4.10

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 19 

Securing Affordable Housing at 10, 11, 25 and 30 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Recommendations

The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council authorize the City to enter into an agreement with Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area, Build Toronto, the developer and any other party deemed necessary, to secure the purchase and financing of the Habitat Units at below market value.

 

2. City Council authorize the City to be a party to the agreements of purchase and sale contemplated to be entered into for the Habitat Units as a contingent transferee, in order to ensure the benefit of the Habitat Units is secured for the intended purposes, in the event that Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area or its assignee is not able to complete the transactions.

 

3. City Council authorize the City to assign its interests in the Habitat Units to another not for profit housing provider, chosen by the Director, Affordable Housing Office to give effect to the intended purpose of the Habitat Units as affordable housing, or to an arm's length purchaser at fair market value if no agreement can be made with a suitable not for profit, on terms and conditions determined by him and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor prior to the closing date with the developer, with the intention that there are no financial consequences to the City having been a party to the agreements of purchase and sale for the Habitat Units.

 

4. City Council authorize the proceeds of the assignment of an agreement of purchase and sale for a Habitat Unit at fair market value to be paid to the Capital Revolving Reserve Fund for Affordable Housing (XR1058) after payment of all expenses incurred in making the assignment of any of the Habitat Units.

 

5. City Council approve up to $625,000.00 in financial assistance from the Development Charges Reserve Fund (2009) for Subsidized Housing (XR2116) for Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area, in the form of a grant by way of forgivable loan for the Habitat Units under the terms of the City's Home Ownership Assistance Program.

 

6. City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to provide up to $1,250,000.00 from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program Extension – Homeownership Component, in the form of grants by way of forgivable loans, for down payment assistance loans to lower-income purchasers, on the properties known as 10, 11, 25, and 30 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue.

 

7. City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to negotiate and execute, on behalf of the City, the agreement referred to Recommendation 1 above and the agreements with Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area to secure the funding referred to in Recommendations 5 and 6 above, as well as any documents, agreements, or security required to give effect to the foregoing on terms and conditions determined by the Director, Affordable Housing Office and in a form approved by the City Solicitor.

 

8. City Council authorize and direct the City Solicitor to execute the agreements of purchase and sale for the Habitat Units, together with any documents or agreement relating to an assignment or a re-sale transaction that may occur as a result of entering into that agreement, and to amend and to waive any terms and conditions on behalf of the City, on such terms as she considers reasonable.

 

9. City Council grant authority to the City Solicitor to execute any documents required to register security for the funding referred to in Recommendations 5 and 6 above and to postpone, confirm the status of, and discharge security, as required by normal business practices.

 

10. City Council increase the 2015 Approved Operating Budget for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) by $1,250,000.00 gross, $0 net, fully funded from Investment in Affordable Housing Program (IAH), to provide funding for the affordable housing initiatives recommended in the report (February 19, 2015) from the Director, Affordable Housing Office.

Summary

This report recommends an innovative affordable ownership housing initiative between Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area ("Habitat"), the City of Toronto, and Build Toronto. Twenty-five new affordable ownership homes by Habitat will be secured and funded to provide housing for lower-income Toronto families. The homes will be incorporated into the multi-building condominium development at 10, 11, 25, and 30 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue (the "Ordnance Triangle").

 

10, 11, and 25 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue were surplus City of Toronto properties that were transferred to Build Toronto in 2011. This report seeks authority for the City to enter into an affordable housing agreement with Habitat, Build Toronto, and the developer whereby 25 units will be sold at below market value. Both Build Toronto and the City will provide funding and when combined with Habitat's contributions, the partnership will make the homes affordable to eligible lower-income Toronto families.

 

City funding for the Habitat homes is recommended to come from the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program (IAH) and the City of Toronto's Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP). Under the IAH guidelines, Habitat is eligible for $50,000 per home in loan funding and the HOAP provides $25,000 per home. If the Habitat family sells the home within 20 years, the loans are repaid to the City with a share of appreciation and the funds go on to help subsequent eligible purchasers.

 

Under the City's affordable housing action plan Housing Opportunities Toronto, 2010-2020 (HOT), Build Toronto sites are prioritized for affordable housing funding and incentives. Affordable home ownership housing is a priority of HOT, which sets a target of 200 new affordable ownership homes annually. This initiative is consistent with the City's previous work with Habitat on small scale affordable housing for families.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Securing Affordable Housing at 10, 11, 25 and 30 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78009.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office on Securing Affordable Housing at 10, 11, 25 and 30 Ordnance Street and 45 Strachan Avenue
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77993.pdf)


EX4.11

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 20 

Increasing Affordable Rental Housing in Alexandra Park Through Section 37 Funds
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee
Recommendations
The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

1.  City Council authorize the transfer of $782,963 of Section 37 community benefits obtained in the development of 15,17,17R,19,21,27 Beverley Street (Source Account XR3026-3700510) to the Capital Revolving Fund Reserve Fund (XR1058), as per site specific by-law amendments for the lands known as 15,17,17R,19,21,27 Beverley Street.

2.  City Council increase the 2015 Approved Operating Budget for Shelter Support and Housing Administration by $782,963 gross, $0 net, fully funded from the Capital Revolving Fund Reserve Fund (XR1058) for transfer to Toronto Community Housing for the purpose of increasing the amount of affordable rental housing within the Alexandra Park and Atkinson Co-operative Revitalization.

3.  City Council direct that these funds be forwarded to Toronto Community Housing (TCH) for the purposes of developing up to six new affordable rental homes in Alexandra Park once Toronto Community Housing has entered into a Contribution Agreement with the City governing the purpose of the funds, the financial reporting requirements, and other conditions satisfactory to the City Solicitor in consultation with the Director, Affordable Housing Office.
Summary

City Council at its meeting of August 25-28, 2014 requested the Director of the Affordable Housing Office, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report to the first Affordable Housing Committee in 2015 on directing secured Section 37 funding for the provision of new affordable rental housing within the Alexandra Park and Atkinson Co-op Revitalization in Ward 20.

This report provides details on the Section 37 funds available to increase the amount of affordable rental housing within the Alexandra Park and Atkinson Co-operative Revitalization and recommends that $782,963 in Section 37 funding secured from 15-27 Beverley Street in Ward 20 be allocated to Toronto Community Housing for the creation of new affordable rental housing in Alexandra Park.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Increasing Affordable Rental Housing in Alexandra Park Through Section 37 Funds
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77947.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Report from the Director, Affordable Housing Office on Increasing Affordable Rental Housing in Alexandra Park Through Section 37 Funds
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77994.pdf)


EX4.12

ACTION 

 

 

 

Request for Presentation on Accessibility Strategy for the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games
Origin
(February 6, 2015) Letter from the Chair, Disability Issues Committee
Recommendations
The Disability Issues Committee recommends to the Executive Committee that:
 
1.  Staff from the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games be requested to make a presentation to the April 28, 2015 Disability Issues Committee meeting on the accessibility strategy, including employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.
Summary

At the February 6, 2015 Disability Issues Committee meeting, Monica Winkler, Disability Issues Committee member, requested an update from the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Office on the accessibility strategy for people living with disabilities.

Background Information
(February 6, 2015) Letter from the Chair, Disability Issues Committee on 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77965.pdf)


EX4.13

ACTION 

 

 

 

Ticketing of Vehicles During Pick-up and Drop-off of Persons with Disabilities
Origin
(February 6, 2015) Letter from the Chair, Disability Issues Committee
Recommendations
The Disability Issues Committee recommends to the Executive Committee that:

1.  City Council request Toronto Police Services to consider using discretion when issuing parking tickets to vehicles picking up and/or dropping off a person with a disability.
Summary

At the February 6, 2015 Disability Issues Committee meeting, Helen Henderson, Disability Issues Committee member, advised that Wheel-Trans vehicles and accessible taxis are being ticketed by Parking Enforcement Officers when picking up and/or dropping off a person with a disability.

Background Information
(February 6, 2015) Letter from the Chair, Disability Issues Committee on Ticketing of Vehicles During Pick-Up and Drop-Off of Persons with Disabilities
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77966.pdf)

Communications
(February 23, 2015) Letter from Councillor Mary Fragedakis (EX.Main.EX4.13.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-51855.pdf)


EX4.14

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Request for Council to Revisit its Position on Finch Avenue West Transit Plans and to Reconfirm Support for the Scarborough Subway
Origin
(February 12, 2015) Member Motion from Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis
Recommendations

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis, recommends that:

 

1. City Council revisit the debate regarding transit plans on Finch Avenue West in order to provide residents and businesses with a more valuable solution than Light Rapid Transit.

 

2. City Council reconfirm its decision to support building the Scarborough Subway on Sheppard Avenue.

Summary

City Council on February 10 and 11, 2015, referred Motion MM3.2 to the Executive Committee.

 

Toronto is considered a World Class City and our current transit solutions do not fully reflect that status. In 2013, Council confirmed its support for the Scarborough Subway, thus proving there is a desire in this City for more subway lines. Finch Avenue West is an important corridor in Toronto's industrial pocket and the currently proposed LRT line for that corridor is not wanted by a majority of the residents and businesses in that area. This item is urgent as the debate on transit is ongoing amongst the residents of the City of Toronto and a resolution must be provided as soon as possible.

Background Information
(February 12, 2015) Letter from City Council on Request for Council to Revisit its Position on Finch Avenue West Transit Plans and to Reconfirm Support for the Scarborough Subway
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77681.pdf)

Communications
(February 5, 2015) E-mail from Walter Lis (EX.Main.EX4.14.1)
(February 6, 2015) E-mail from Gary Thomas (EX.Main.EX4.14.2)
(February 9, 2015) E-mail from Michael Black (EX.Main.EX4.14.3)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Steve Zigomanis (EX.Supp.EX4.14.4)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Om Arora (EX.Supp.EX4.14.5)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Xiagang Jiang and Hui Jin (EX.Supp.EX4.14.6)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Harry J. Rollo (EX.Supp.EX4.14.7)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Vivien Thompson (EX.Supp.EX4.14.8)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from John Barnes (EX.Supp.EX4.14.9)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from W.H. Gartelmann (EX.Supp.EX4.14.10)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Michael Lai (EX.Supp.EX4.14.11)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Edgar Zarifeh (EX.New.EX4.14.12)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Wing Li (EX.New.EX4.14.13)
(March 19, 2015) E-mail from Anne Chin-Muschol (EX.Supp.EX4.14.14)
(March 20, 2015) E-mail from Jack Brannigan (EX.Supp.EX4.14.15)
(March 20, 2015) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Supp.EX4.14.16)
(March 20, 2015) E-mail from Lena Chang (EX.Supp.EX4.14.17)
(March 20, 2015) E-mail from Wanda MacNevin (EX.Supp.EX4.14.18)
(March 21, 2015) E-mail from John Stillich (EX.Supp.EX4.14.19)
(March 21, 2015) E-mail from Amin Ebrahim (EX.Supp.EX4.14.20)
(March 21, 2015) E-mail from Tyler Ing (EX.Supp.EX4.14.21)
(March 21, 2015) E-mail from Viron Papa (EX.Supp.EX4.14.22)
(March 22, 2015) E-mail from Cono Cacciatore (EX.Supp.EX4.14.23)
(March 22, 2015) E-mail from Ian Harding (EX.Supp.EX4.14.24)
(March 22, 2015) E-mail from Jenny Cheng (EX.Supp.EX4.14.25)
(March 22, 2015) E-mail from Alex Korobchevsky (EX.Supp.EX4.14.26)
(March 19, 2015) Letter from Lorne Ross, submitted by Patricia Sinclair (EX.Supp.Ex4.14.27)
(March 22, 2015) E-mail from Patricia Sinclair (EX.Supp.EX4.14.28)
(March 23, 2015) E-mail from Karl Haab, President, New Conservatory of Music Ltd. (EX.Supp.EX4.14.29)
(March 23, 2015) E-mail from Jennifer Bellis (EX.Supp.EX4.14.30)
(March 23, 2015) E-mail from Brenda Worsley (EX.Supp.EX4.14.31)
(March 23, 2015) E-mail from Reginald Rego, President, Redgecrest Drive Homeowners Association (EX.Supp.EX4.14.32)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson (EX.Supp.EX4.14.33)
(March 24, 2015) Letter from Martin Abela (EX.Supp.EX4.14.34)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from George Yonemori (EX.Supp.EX4.14.35)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Kenneth Wang and Family (EX.Supp.EX4.14.36)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Richard De Gaetano (EX.Supp.EX4.14.37)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Viola Wu and Family (EX.Supp.EX4.14.38)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Roberta Carras (EX.Supp.EX4.14.39)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Rahim Alani (EX.Supp.EX4.14.40)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Rebecca Osolen (EX.Supp.EX4.14.41)
(March 25, 2015) Letter from Carolyn Johnson (EX.Supp.EX4.14.42)
(March 25, 2015) E-mail from Lorne Ross (EX.Supp.Ex4.14.43)
(March 25, 2015) E-mail from Lisa Chew (EX.New.EX4.14.44)
(March 25, 2015) E-mail from Reet and Tom Voksepp (EX.New.EX4.14.45)
(March 25, 2015) E-mail from B. Murphy (EX.New.EX4.14.46)
(March 25, 2015) E-mail from Councillor Michael Thompson (EX.New.EX4.14.47)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-52018.pdf)

(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.New.EX4.14.48)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Letter from Bob McElhinney (EX.New.EX4.14.49)

EX4.15

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Request for Report on Aligning the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity with the City of Toronto’s Independent Accountability Offices
Origin
(March 11, 2015) Letter from Councillor James Pasternak
Recommendations
Councillor James Pasternak recommends that:

1.  Executive Committee request the City Manager to report to the Executive Committee by April 22,2015 on the current mandate, reporting structure and funding model for the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity (OCHE) and options to better align the OCHE with the City of Toronto’s Independent Accountability Offices, including the potential benefits of having the OCHE report directly to City Council or a Committee of Council, and the actions required to achieve such a structure.
Summary

I am proposing the Executive Committee request a report examining options to align the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity (OCHE) with the City of Toronto's Independent Accountability Offices, and if possible, any benefits of having the OCHE report directly to City Council or a Committee of Council, and the actions required to achieve such a structure.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor James Pasternak on Aligning the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity with the City of Toronto’s Independent Accountability Offices
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77948.pdf)

Communications
(March 23, 2015) E-mail from Catherine Wilkinson (EX.Supp.EX4.15.1)
(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Robert Frederickson (EX.Supp.EX4.15.2)
(March 24, 2015) Letter from Alan Duddin (EX.Supp.EX4.15.3)

EX4.16

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Request for Report on Expanded Gaming at Woodbine Racetrack
Origin
(March 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor Vincent Crisanti
Recommendations
Councillor Vincent Crisanti recommends that:

1.  Executive Committee request City Council authorize the City Manager to conduct a public consultation process to seek input from Torontonians on the matter of expanded gaming at 555 Rexdale Boulevard (Woodbine Racetrack); including:
 
a.  A public meeting in Etobicoke;

b.  An online questionnaire;

c.  A city-wide public opinion poll; and

d.  A presentation at Executive Committee
 
2.  Executive Committee request City Council direct the City Manager to prepare a report for the June 30th, 2015 meeting of Executive Committee, which would include an assessment of the technical planning requirements, and merits and potential risks of expanded gaming at 555 Rexdale Boulevard (Woodbine Racetrack); including:

a.  The size and type of facility that would be suitable at the Woodbine location;

b.  Any required land use, infrastructure and other planning matters associated with expanded gaming at the Woodbine site;

c.  The potential economic impact (GDP and jobs) of expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack and the potential added economic impact of an expanded entertainment and retail destination;

d.  The potential risks to the current employment at the Woodbine Racetrack if a new casino were to be located within the GTA but outside of the City of Toronto;
 
e.  The identification of social and economic development objectives that the City may require as conditions for its approval of expanded gaming at Woodbine, to leverage any new development to benefit local Toronto residents and communities;

f.  The potential additional social impact to individuals and families due to gambling-related addictive behaviour and crime, and options to mitigate the negative human and social impact;

g.  Any incremental costs associated with expanded gaming at Woodbine including police, fire and emergency medical services costs;

h.  The amount of projected revenue to be received by the City as part of a Municipal Contribution Agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation reflecting projected revenues at the new gaming site; and

i.  The results of the public consultation, per Recommendation 1.
Summary

As Deputy Mayor, I have taken on a lead role in economic development to aid in the processes that will promote revitalization and sustainability, generating gains in private investment and local job creation.  A letter submitted to my office by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has opened a dialogue to discuss merits of how, as a City, we can achieve further economic success in Etobicoke and in Toronto.

 

WEG has been a longstanding partner, operating in Toronto since 1881. The Woodbine Racetrack facility has been a part of the North Etobicoke fabric since 1956 and has since earned worldwide recognition as a premier horse racing operation.

 

I am writing the Executive Committee to advise that North Etobicoke faces the very real threat of losing the racetrack.  As you may be aware, the short term arrangement between WEG and the Province, through the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program expires in 2019.

 

For WEG to achieve long-term sustainability for the horse racing industry, solutions must be identified that are successful over the long-term and provide consistent revenue streams that will facilitate growth, while providing security for the horse racing industry.  If solutions are not found then Toronto faces the potential loss of more than 7500 jobs and over 1800 in the Rexdale community that WEG currently provides.

 

The concept of expanded gaming will provide not only WEG a revenue stream to support horse racing at this site, but will provide the City and North Etobicoke immense revitalization and economic prospects.   I am writing to you and the Executive Committee to consider engaging in the process to attain a resolution by the City of Toronto to permit the expansion of gaming at the Woodbine Racetrack, which would include the introduction of live gaming tied to a bigger vision; the creation of a premier "entertainment destination" for our City.  The opportunity is before us to create a legacy at this site that will see an economically depressed area like Rexdale revitalized with new operations like a hotel, restaurants, retail, amenities, partnerships to support community needs, etc.  

 

Under a new administration we have the opportunity to engage the private sector, along with other orders of government to ensure that Toronto remains at the forefront of economic growth, while remaining highly competitive with its surrounding municipalities.  The expansion of the Woodbine Racetrack will allow us the opportunity to achieve just that.

 

Moving forward it is important to remember that gaming via the racetrack has been taking place since 1956 and gaming through slots and electronic tables since 2000.

 

It is also timely that we consider a live gaming expansion at this site as the OLG is currently engaged in the procurement process to identify a qualified private sector service provider to operate OLG Slots at Woodbine racetrack pursuant to its Modernization Plan.  The support of expanded gaming will allow WEG and a future private sector service provider the ability to work with the City through a redevelopment application process, creating a catalyst for revitalization of the surrounding area.  This important first step is required in order for WEG and the OLG to develop a redevelopment strategy in consultation with the City to ensure the long-term success of the Rexdale Community.

 

The expansion of gaming at this specific site will create an environment with immense potential and benefit to the City of Toronto and its residents.  Benefits include:

 

Creation of local jobs, fostering economic sustainability & vitality in the Rexdale community

Establishment of a new world class, premier "entertainment destination" for Toronto

Increased revenue to the City through property taxes and hosting fees

Redevelopment of nearly 700 acres at the 555 Rexdale Boulevard site

Remain a premier tourist attraction with over six million visitors a year

Act as a catalyst for further growth and revitalization in the Rexdale/Etobicoke area

Stronger City and Community partnership with WEG

 

It is important that we listen to our communities and act in their best interest regarding this matter.  We saw positive community support for the expansion at Woodbine, highlighted through polling and public consultations, which were identified in the 2013 report when the gaming expansion at Woodbine Racetrack was before Council in the previous term.  I also found that during my 2014 door-to-door re-election campaign that positive sentiment remained in Etobicoke North for expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack.  I strongly believe that the support from our residents will continue to be there, as we will have the opportunity to engage them again through a willing host/expanded gaming process site specific to 555 Rexdale Boulevard.

 

I will be in attendance at the March 25th, 2015 Executive Committee meeting to discuss this matter further with the committee and to present a motion that will be site specific to 555 Rexdale Boulevard.  This will commence the process to attain a resolution by the City of Toronto to permit the expansion of gaming at the Woodbine Racetrack, which would include the introduction of live gaming, acting as the catalyst for greater vision for this site.

 

I strongly believe that expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack will not only allow WEG to sustain long-term revenue security for the horse racing industry, but the overall project will have even greater and more positive impacts that will be felt in Etobicoke and the rest of the City.

Background Information
(March 9, 2015) Letter from Councillor Vincent Crisanti on Woodbine Racetrack
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77967.pdf)

(March 6, 2015) Letter from the President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodbine Entertainment Group
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77988.pdf)

Communications
(March 24, 2015) Letter from Wendy Horton, Executive Director, Youth Without Shelter (EX.Supp.EX4.16.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-52009.pdf)

(March 24, 2015) E-mail from Alex Silvers (EX.Supp.EX4.16.2)
(March 25, 2015) Submission from Councillor Gord Perks dated November 2012 (EX.New.EX4.16.3)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-52050.pdf)

(March 25, 2015) Submission from Councillor Norm Kelly (EX.New.EX4.16.4)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-52017.pdf)

(March 25, 2015) Submission from Councillor Mike Layton (EX.New.EX4.16.5)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-52058.pdf)


EX4.17

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: All 

Request for Report on Options to Improve Toronto Transit Commission Project Delivery
Origin
(March 23, 2015) Letter from Councillor Josh Colle, Chair, Toronto Transit Commission
Recommendations

Councillor Josh Colle recommends that:

 

1.  As the City has a duty to its citizens to deliver major capital infrastructure projects efficiently and on schedule, and as a consequence of the contract management challenges experienced with the TYSSE project that have resulted in significant delays and cost over runs, Council direct the City Manager to report to the next meeting of Executive Committee on options for improved project delivery, including procurement and project management, for the Scarborough Subway Extension, such options to include the spectrum of procurement strategies known as Alternative Financing and Procurement and/or Public-Private-Partnerships and the role that Infrastructure Ontario can play in the delivery of such projects.

Summary

As you are aware, as part of the 2015 City Budget deliberations Council adopted my motion to have the City Manager seek a third party review of the TTC's major capital projects program. This review will assess the TTC’s delivery of major capital projects, including adherence to budget and scheduling targets, processes for reporting these results to the Commission and City, and any organizational changes that would enhance results, all for consideration by the Commission in the fall of 2015.

 

In addition, under my direction, the TTC has been aggressively reviewing the manner in which it is delivering the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) project. A report about the project delivery and budget implications will be considered by the Commission at its meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and I anticipate that this report will be referred to Council for consideration at its March 31, 2015 meeting.

 

Both the TTC and City share a duty to Toronto residents to deliver major capital infrastructure projects efficiently and on schedule. In light of the challenges experienced with the TYSSE project, and the resulting delays and cost over runs, I would propose that Council direct the City Manager to submit to the next meeting of the Executive Committee a report dealing with options for improved project delivery, including procurement and project management, for the Scarborough Subway Extension.

 

The options should include the full spectrum of procurement strategies, including Alternative Financing and Procurement and/or Public-Private-Partnerships, and the role that Infrastructure Ontario can play in the delivery of such projects. This direction would align with the position of Toronto City Council and comply with Federal grant application requirements. At the time of project approval in October of 2013 (CC39.5, 6d)), Council directed staff to "aggressively pursue the Federal P3 screen process, so that any project cost savings arising from a P3 partnership with the City can be applied to reduce any dedicated tax rate increases needed to support the Scarborough Subway".

 

Accordingly, I would ask that Executive Committee consider and recommend the attached motion to Council for consideration at its meeting on March 31, 2015, in conjunction with the TTC report entitled Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension – Schedule and Budget Change.  

Background Information
(March 23, 2015) Letter from Councillor Josh Colle, Toronto Transit Commission Chair, on Request for Report on Options to Improve Toronto Transit Commission Project Delivery
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78337.pdf)

Attachment 1 - Recommendation from Councillor Colle on Request for Report on Options to Improve Toronto Transit Commission Project Delivery
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78340.pdf)

Appendix 2 - Extract from City Council Decision on March 10, 2015
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78343.pdf)

Appendix 3 - City Council Decision on Scarborough Rapid Transit Options - Reporting on Council Terms and Conditions
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78344.pdf)


EX4.18

ACTION 

 

 

Ward: 26 

Request for Report on Exemption from Property Taxes for the Ismaili Centre Toronto and Aga Khan Museum
Origin
(March 24, 2015) Letter from Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong
Recommendations

Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong recommends that:

 

1.  The Executive Committee request the Treasurer to report back for the September 21, 2015 meeting of the Executive Committee on the feasibility, options, and financial and other implications of providing an exemption from property taxation for the Ismaili Centre Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and surrounding park.

Summary

On September 12, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated the Ismaili Centre Toronto and Aga Khan Museum, both of which are situated within a 6.8 hectare landscaped park along Wynford Drive in Toronto's Don Mills neighbourhood. Construction of the $300 million development represents a significant addition in the landscape of Toronto's cultural institutions.

 

Along with five other Ismaili Centres located in Vancouver, London, Lisbon, Dubai and Dushanbe, the Ismaili Centre Toronto continues a tradition of hosting programs that stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity. The Ismaili Centre Toronto is an 80,000 square foot, two-story building housing a prayer hall, social hall, library, exhibition areas, and meeting rooms. Through a variety of programs including lectures, seminars, exhibitions, cultural and social events, the Centre creates an understanding of the values, ethics, culture and heritage of Ismaili Muslims.

 

The Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Muslim arts and culture. A central feature of the new Museum is a state-of-the-art auditorium. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will foster dialogue and promote tolerance and mutual understanding among people. In the brief time since its opening it has already received critical acclaim as a major cultural draw to the city of Toronto

 

The Province of Ontario has in the past exempted certain cultural properties, such as museums and cultural centres, from assessment and taxation by way of special legislation. Additionally, the City of Toronto provides property tax rebates for qualifying ethno-cultural centres.

Background Information
(March 24, 2015) Letter from the Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong on Aga Khan Museum
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-78327.pdf)