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News from Toronto Community Housing  | December 2016 

Board of Directors approves $970.3-million 2017 budget

Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors approved a $970.3-million budget for 2017 at the December 8 board meeting. This includes $572.6-million for operating expenses and a $397.7-million capital budget, of which $250 million will be used for building capital repairs. 

Toronto Community Housing will also face a $35.2-million shortfall in the operating budget for 2017. To address that issue, the Board passed a motion to apply $19 million from a projected 2016 cash surplus and put any remaining surplus into reserves to help fund future capital repair projects. Most of the 2016 surplus was a one-time gain from utility credits plus the proceeds from the sales of standalone homes and lands.

As Toronto Community Housing enters its fifth year of the 10-year capital repair program, the 2017 budget will allow us to continue moving forward with our program to improve living conditions for tenants, build and repair units, and improve service delivery.  

Read more about the 2017 budget.

Toronto Community Housing named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2017

MediaCorp Canada presents top employer awards annually to businesses in the Greater Toronto Area that have shown excellence in areas such as work atmosphere, social and health benefits, training and skills development, and community involvement. Toronto Community Housing is being recognized as one of  the top employers in the GTA in 2017 for exceptional benefits including maternal and parental leaves, training for staff and helping staff save for retirement with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.

Greater Toronto's Top Employer 2017 logo.
Read more about why Toronto Community Housing is a top employer.

Get the inside scoop about working at Toronto Community Housing

We asked staff to share highlights about working at Toronto Community Housing. Staff from various divisions reflect and provide some key insight into their experiences.

Photos of Toronto Community Housing staff from the Long Service Awards.
Read their story.

Regent Park community celebrates 10-year anniversary

2016 marked an important milestone for Regent Park. It has been 10 years since the demolition of the first buildings began in Regent Park as part of the revitalization. The Regent Park community celebrated together with staff from Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell at multiple events, which included a gala and workshops on December 9 and 10. The community had the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the achievements and lessons learned throughout revitalization, provide feedback, and help to set new goals for the second half of the project.

Highlights from the Regent Park 10th year anniversary event.
Highlights from the Regent Park 10th year anniversary event.
See highlights from the event.

What did Regent Park look like in 2006?

It has been 10 years since the start of Phase One demolition in Regent Park. Here are before-and-after photos at the intersection of Dundas Street East and Parliament Street.
Before-and-after photos of Regent Park.

Reflecting on Toronto Community Housing’s accomplishments in 2016

Looking back on 2016, Toronto Community Housing has made significant achievements in improving living conditions for tenants, providing stronger services and delivery, and continuing to strengthen relationships with partners. We have:

2016 also marked the start of a two-year term for seven citizen members on the Board of Directors and new members joined the Executive Leadership team including, Wayne Tuck, Mark Johnson, Angela Cooke and Mark McDonald.

A snapshot of highlights from events and initiatives from 2016.
A snapshot of highlights from events and initiatives from 2016.
Watch our highlights video to see more highlights and achievements from 2016.

Upcoming events

December 26: Offices are closed for statutory holiday

December 27: Offices are closed for statutory holiday

January 2: Offices are closed for statutory holiday

January 21, 23, 28: Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program information sessions

February 3: Governance, Communications, Human Resources and Compensation Committee Meeting

February 13: Offices are closed for Family Day

Visit our calendar for more information about upcoming events, programs and meetings.

Stay tuned for the next issue of insidehousing

This is the final issue for 2016. A big thank you to all partners, staff and other stakeholders who continue to support Toronto Community Housing and help us in providing better homes and opportunities for tenants in 2016. Watch for our first 2017 issue of insidehousing in February. Best wishes for the holidays and a Happy New Year.

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