Happy new year! This week the City of Toronto's 2023 Budget was released. As we know, budgets convey priorities. We are still digging into the details, one thing that is clear: while people in Toronto are struggling, the choices in this budget do not do enough to make life better.
The budget process this year is shorter than before, just 30 days, and a bit different than previous years because of the "Strong Mayor" powers.
We are looking at less TTC service, more expensive recreation programs, no new child care spaces and emergency housing that is beyond capacity. We need better investments in parks, transit, housing, and real community safety for how much more is being asked of us.
Your voice in this process counts if we’re going to make a difference! Here are three ways to be heard:
- Councillor Moise and I will be hosting a joint town hall this Monday, January 16 at 6:00 pm. Learn more below, and register to attend in person or online here.
- You can speak directly to the Budget Committee on Tuesday, January 17 or Wednesday, January 18, in-person or online. Register by email at email@example.com or call 416-392-4666.
- Written submissions can be sent to the Budget Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mayor Tory at email@example.com .
Today at the Budget Committee I was asking for more answers, division by division. I will share more about what I find. The Mayor will be proposing his budget on February 1, with the final budget proposal going to City Council on February 14.
Let's work together to advocate and fight for changes that reflect our needs in Spadina-Fort York, and across Toronto. It is going to take all of us build a better Toronto.
Ward 10, Spadina–Fort York