Coalition for Equitable & Inclusive City Development


The The Coalition for Equitable & Inclusive City Development brings together over 40 different grassroots groups, organizations and multi-service delivery organizations actively connected to a larger network of resident and community groups across Toronto. The Coalition is focused on creating a space for allies to share and disseminate information on campaigns, to connect, network and share local organizing tactics and strategies related to equitable and inclusive City development, and collaborate on City wide planning issues and policies that impact existing and new residents in Toronto. 

In November 2022, the coalition worked with ACORN, and legal clinics including Neighbourhood Legal Services to defend the City of Toronto’s income based Affordable Housing Bylaw (OPA558) which was adopted in 2021. The new City bylaw redefined affordable housing as total monthly shelter cost — including utilities as well as rent — that is the lesser of the average Toronto rent for a unit of that size or 30% of renters’ gross monthly income. The changes would apply to new development projects filed with the city after November 9, 2021.

In the Fall, the Coalition released a public statement and hosted a press conference at City Hall to challenge the Ontario Land Tribunal appeal by a group of developers. Groups including ACORN, Build a Better Bloor Dufferin and Regent Park Neighbourhood Association also announced that they would be applying for status as participants of the appeals process.

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