Freezing Temperatures, Frozen Budgets: How Toronto is Failing its Homeless Citizens

Emily Burton-Brown With temperatures dropping as low as -37 C with wind chill, Toronto experienced record breaking cold this winter. This prompted Environment Canada to issue an extreme cold weather alert, triggering the opening of temporary Warming Respite Centres for the city’s homeless. The homeless needed no warning: freezing temperatures have already contributed to overcrowding […]

A Safe Place to Rest Your Head: Homelessness In Canada – March 15, 2017

Good morning subscribers! With temperatures falling below zero again in much of central Canada, hopes of an early spring appear to have dissipated. For those without stable access to shelter, however, this seemingly minor inconvenience is of critical importance. This week, we turn our attention to homelessness in Canada and the policy environment in which […]

Looking Upstream: Why a Systems Approach to Homelessness Calls for Prevention

Amanda Buchnea Canada’s adoption of a Housing First approach at the federal, and in many cases, provincial and local levels has been a positive step in using empirical evidence to develop strategies, programs and policies to end homelessness. However, in general, the response to homelessness has often remained focused on reactive measures, such as emergency […]

A Primer on Inclusive Zoning

Alyssa Wali Earlier this month, the government of Ontario announced its intention to give municipalities the ability to increase affordable housing units for lower to middle income households. Through the newly released inclusionary zoning measures, municipalities will have the option to mandate that developers include a percentage of affordable housing in new residential developments. Inclusionary […]

Out on the Streets: Homelessness in Canada and France

The ‘Public Policy and Governance Review Abroad’, or PPGR Abroad, is a new initiative for 2014. Undertaken in collaborative with exchange students from the Master of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, it will featured policy insights and analyses direct from Berlin and Paris. Margaret Campbell It doesn’t […]