Motions and Resolutions

This is a collection of motions and resolutions that have been passed in Ontario communities supporting 25 in 5 poverty reduction targets and/or more specific poverty reduction resolutions passed at municipal councils, school boards and other organizations (such as Chamber of Commerce). It is hoped that these will provide guidance to other groups interested in pursing similar actions.

City of Toronto

Council Highlights May 26 and 27, 2008

Council approves principles for poverty reduction Council put its support behind the principles to reduce poverty recommended in the 25 in 5 Declaration. The declaration and its strategy were developed by a broad range of community organizations and faith groups who are calling on the Provincial government to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce poverty levels by 25 per cent in five years and 50 per cent before 2018.

Principles of the poverty reduction strategy include creating sustainable, year-round employment for working adults, ensuring liveable incomes and building strong communities with supports including affordable housing and community programs.

City Council Decision

City Council on May 26 and 27, 2008, adopted the following motions:

1. City Council endorse the principles for a poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25- in-5 Declaration, specifically:

a. sustaining employment means assuring a living standard above poverty for any adult who works full time throughout the year; it means fair pay, increasing the minimum wage and stable working conditions for all Ontarians;

b. liveable incomes mean dignity for all Ontarians * including those unable to work; and c. strong and supportive communities mean affordable housing, early learning and child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.

2. The General Manager of Toronto Social Services, as part of her report on the implementation of the Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto to Community Development and Recreation Committee, identify ways in which the Cityof Toronto can advance the poverty reduction initiatives outlined in the 25-in-5 Declaration.

3. The City of Toronto enable community engagement in the development of a poverty reduction strategy by facilitating public opportunities for Toronto residents to express their views on ways poverty can be reduced.

4. The City of Toronto share this report with its partners in other municipalities and the Province.

Background Information (Committee)

cd15.10-Letter from Councillor Joe Mihevc
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-12695.pdf)

cd15.10-Attachment: 25-in-5 Founding Declaration
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-12696.pdf)

City of Cambridge

Passed on October 29, 2007

THAT Cambridge City Council create a Cambridge Roundtable to develop a strategy for poverty reduction including representation from our four levels of government, members of the Fair Wage Committee, the Human Services Advisory Committee, and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce which will be chaired by the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

PDF of motions

Township of North Dumfries

At the September 24, 2007 meeting of North Dumfries Township Council, the following resolution was passed:

Moved by Councillor Susan Foxton
Seconded by Councillor Ben Benninger

That the Council of the Township of North Dumfries request that the Provincial Government develop and implement a strategy to improve the lives on Ontarians. Included in such policy should be comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

CARRIED.

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts from media release

February 22, 2008 (Sudbury) – Reducing poverty makes good economic sense. Research shows that as the poverty level drops so do the costs to health care, social services and criminal justice systems. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the need for a strategy to reduce poverty in Greater Sudbury.

…”The focus of the strategy will be on income, employment and training, affordable housing, food security and transportation by aligning local efforts with provincial and national strategies.”

…”As its meeting this week, the chamber’s Board of Directors offered its support in principle to the SPC’s Community Strategy to Reduce Poverty and directed the chamber’s Advocacy Committee to determine what role the chamber can fulfill in facilitating the recommendations in the strategy.”

PDF of full media release

City of Cornwall

Recommendation (Passed on April 28, 2008)

Whereas the City of Cornwall values focus on “Quality of Life”, be it resolved that the City of Cornwall, including Council and the Economic Development departments, will work collaboratively with the Social Development Council to develop a Humand and Social Services Vision for the community over the next 3 years that would investigate improving living condistyions for people who live in substandard conditions. Specific initiatives could include a community transit pass, Heat or Eat, Community Recreation Activities and others.

Whereas the first strategy of the Economic Development Plan is “People First”

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Cornwall will work with the community and other levels of government to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that will focus initially on a 25% reduction in the next 5 years and will recommend and support the harmonization of income definitions.

City of Kingston

City Council Meeting No. 13-2008 Minutes
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Report No. 71 of the Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee

4. Round Table on Poverty Reduction Strategy

THAT Council endorse the principles for a poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration, specifically:

a) Sustaining employment that assures a living standard above poverty for any adult working full-time throughout the year and includes fair pay and stable working conditions for all;

b) Liveable incomes for everybody, including those unable to work;

c) Strong and supportive communities with affordable housing, early learning and child care, public education and community programs that help people connect;

- and further

THAT Council direct the Community Development Services Group to develop a plan in collaboration with the Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction by which the City of Kingston can advance poverty reduction strategies;

- and further -

THAT the City share this plan with its partners in other municipalities and the Province.
(Note: A memo from the Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction dated May 22, 2008, was attached as Schedule Page 150)

CARRIED

County of Frontenac

Passed on July 16, 2008

RESOLVED THAT the Council of the County of Frontenac endorse in principle, the principles for a provincial poverty reduction strategy contained in the 25-in-5 Foundation Declaration, calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce child poverty levels in Ontario by 25% within five years and by 50% by 2018.

PDF of motion

Regional Municipality of Halton

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING NO. 08-08
TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008

RECOMMENDATION

  1. THAT the Memorandum from the Commissioner of Social and Community Services re: Social Planning Council Network of Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Update and the presentation from Community Development Halton regarding the Social Planning Council Network of Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy be received
  2. THAT Regional Council support the ’25-in-5′ campaign to reduce Ontario poverty levels by 25% in 5 years and the three priorities of sustaining employment, livable incomes and strong, supportive communities.
  3. THAT this resolution be forwarded to Premier McGuinty, the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, Halton MPs and MPPS, the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
  4. THAT Halton MPP Riding Assistants be invited to attend Health and Social Services Committee meetings on a regular basis.

This was endorsed by the Regional Municipality of Halton on Wednesday July 16, 2008.

Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Resultions passed at the 2008 Annual General Meeting of OPSBA (June 2008)

Policy Resolution #3 – Be it resolved, that OPSBA endorse the development and implementation of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy which includes targets and timetables, poverty indicators, an action plan with a budget, and ongoing evaluation.

Policy Resolution #4 – BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association call on the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction to recommend that the government’s poverty reduction strategy include social assistance rates which are determined annually and based on the actual cost of rent and other basic necessities in the communities where recipients reside.

Policy Resolution #5 – Be it Resolved that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association call on the Province of Ontario to continue to issue both the Back-to-School and the Winter Clothing Allowances to social assistance recipients;

And Further be it resolved that the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association include this request in a submission to the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, which is currently receiving public input on the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

City of Pickering

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Pickering, at its meeting on July 14, 2008, endorsed the City of Toronto’s commitment to social inclusion through the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction, and directed the City Clerk to advise the Region of Durham, Social Services Department.

Township of Wainfleet

At its regular meeting held on July 15, 2008, adopted the following motion:

That the declaration endorsed by the City of Toronto at its May 26th and 27th, 2008 meeting regarding the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction, be received and supported.

City of Orillia

The City of Toronto’s letter dated June 23, 2008 concering social inclusion and poverty reduction was presented at a meeting of Council on June 30, 2008. The correspondence was received as informational.

The Corporation of the City of Sarnia

Sarnia City Council, at its meeting on July 14th, 2008, considered correspondence from the City of Toronto dated June 23, 2008 and the following resolution was adopted:

That Sarnia City Council support the resolution of the Mayor of Toronto, dated June 23rd, 2008, regarding its declaration on poverty.

City of London

London Municipal Council, at its session on July 21, 2008 resolved:

That the 25 in 5 campaign being undertaken by 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction to ask the Government of Ontario for a plan to reduce poverty by 25% in 5 years and 50% before 2018, BE ENDORSED IN PRINCIPLE and the communication dated June 23, 2008 from David Miller, Mayer, City of Toronto, BE REFERRED to the General Manager of Community Services for follow up and incorporation into the City of London’s Anti-Poverty Strategy.

City of Oshawa

City of Oshawa Council considered endorsing the founding declaration at their meeting of September 22, 2008 and adopted the following resolution:

“Whereas the 25-in-5 Network has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living'; and,

Whereas the 25-in-5 Network is holding a 2-week awareness campaign across the Province from October 13 to October 24, 2008 to promote a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Oshawa endorses the following:

’25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. liveable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

And that the municipalities of Durham Region, and the Region of Durham be asked to endorse this declaration.”

Town of Ajax

Town of Ajax Council considered endorsing the founding declaration at their meeting of October 9, 2008 and adopted the following resolution:

“Whereas the 25-in-5 Network, a social network for poverty reduction, has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living'; and,

Whereas the 25-in-5 Network is holding a 2-week awareness campaign across the Province from October 13 to October 24, 2008 to promote a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the Town of Ajax endorses the following:

’25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. livable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

City of Greater Sudbury

Whereas citizens, several social service agencies, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, the Sudbury & District Labour Council and the Sudbury & District Health Unit have all endorsed the Community Strategy on Poverty Reduction,

And whereas these agencies and organizations along with many individuals from our community have been heavily involved in the trans- provincial efforts to implement a province wide poverty reduction strategy and have joined with the 25 in 5 Network,

And whereas the 25-in-5 Network has declared that ‘We believe in a poverty-free Ontario. A place where everyone can live in dignity and enjoy a good standard of living';

And whereas the 25-in-5 Network is working at increasing awareness across the Province in order to encourage the current provincial government to ensure that the Poverty Reduction Strategy that they will be revealing in December of this year is robust and moves us towards a poverty-free Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the City of Greater Sudbury joins with cities and communities across the province and endorses the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration setting out three priorities for a Poverty Reduction Strategy which include:

  1. good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. liveable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and,
  3. strong and supportive communities mean affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.’

And that the City of Greater Sudbury’s name be officially added to the list of endorsers.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Letter to The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier

Nutritious Food Basket and Poverty Reduction Strategy

Resolution 08 -09

WHEREAS a nutritious diet is a basic requirement for health and well-being;

AND WHEREAS an inadequate income is the most significant barrier to a healthy diet;

AND WHEREAS Simcoe Muskoka residents receiving social assistance or minimum wage income cannot afford a nutritious diet after paying for housing and other fixed costs;

AND WHEREAS poor nutrition impacts on child growth and development and leads to an increased risk of chronic and infectious diseases which cost more to treat and manage than to prevent;

AND WHEREAS ensuring that people have enough funds to purchase an adequate and nutritious diet is an effective disease prevention strategy;

AND WHEREAS the provincial government has established a Cabinet Committee tasked with developing a provincial poverty reduction strategy for implementation in December 2008;

AND WHEREAS there is now widespread concern that the implementation of this strategy may be delayed indefinitely due to a downturn in the provincial economy;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Simcoe Muskoka District Board of Health use a variety of communication methods to urge the provincial government to implement without delay a coordinated, long-term poverty reduction strategy that includes targets, timelines, a dedicated budget and ongoing evaluation. These communication methods will include a letter from the Board of Health to Premier McGuinty, the issuing of a press release on World Food Day, October 16, 2008 and the publication of a Medical Officer of Health newspaper column.

FURTHERMORE that a copy of the letter to Premier McGuinty and of this Resolution be forwarded to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Health Promotion, the Minister of Community and Social Services, the Minister of Children and Youth Services, local MPP’s, the Ontario Public Health Association, Ontario Public Health Association Food Security Workgroup, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and local Boards of Health requesting that they endorse the implementation without delay of a provincial poverty reduction strategy.

AND FURTHERMORE that the Board of Health endorse the 25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction Founding Declaration and its three priorities for a provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy (Appendix D) and communicate this endorsement via email to Jennifer Posthumus, designated contact person for the 25 in 5 Network.

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Original Signed by Dennis Roughley
Chair, Board of Health
October 25, 2008

City of Belleville

Letter to The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

RE: Provincial Cross-Community Poverty Reduction Campaign
6.2 & 8.c.1, Belleville City Council Meeting, November 24, 2008

This is to advise you that at the Council Meeting of November 24, 2008, the following resolution was approved:

“THAT Council support the request from the Community Development Council of Quinte regarding the ’25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction'; and

THAT Council support the 25-in-5 Founding Declaration.”

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Belleville fully endorses the following three Poverty Reduction Strategy priorities put forth by the “25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction”:

  1. Good, sustaining jobs that lift working Ontarians out of poverty;
  2. Livable incomes that adequately support those unable to work; and
  3. Strong and supportive communities, affordable housing, child care, public education and community programs that help people connect.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Your truly,

Julie C. Oram, AMCT
Director of Corporate Services/City Clerk

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