Wellbeing and Social Inclusion

Poor mental and physical health prevents residents from fully participating in activities at home, work, school, and community life.

Social inclusion and access to equitable and inclusive supports and services increase wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities. Essential supports and services are required to create wellbeing and social inclusion including:

  • Safe, affordable, and accessible housing
  • Safe, affordable and flexible childcare
  • Affordable, accessible, and connected transportation
  • Physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food
  • Integrated programs, services and supports that meet the needs of Peel residents

Goal

Equitable and inclusive access to essential supports and services that meet the needs of Peel residents and their human rights

Desired Change

Short-Term

  • Increased partnership with housing stakeholders to remove barriers that prevent people accessing and moving from the emergency shelter system to stable, affordable and accessible housing
  • Increased awareness about new transit initiatives such as Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Affordable Transit Program (ATP)
  • Increased awareness of and access to food programs

Intermediate (4-7 Years)

  • Improved regulations on inclusionary zoning
  • Improved access to integrated social, health and housing programs and services that enable residents to move out of poverty
  • Increased innovative, affordable and flexible child care programs for parents who are precariously employed or in training
  • Increased awareness among consumers and institutions about opportunities to buy locally produced food

Long-Term (8-10 years)

  • Increased use of poverty reduction tools to ensure housing, childcare and other service providers eliminate accessibility and affordability barriers
  • Increased partnership with stakeholders to create awareness that ensures that transit systems are accessible, affordable and publicly funded
  • Increased understanding of social issues among Peel residents
  • Increased mobilization of residents to advocate for themselves

Strategic Actions

Short-Term (1-3 Years)

  • Partner with housing systems, such as Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP) and Peel Alliance to End Homelessness (PAEH) to address homelessness
  • Advocate for increased use of inclusionary zoning regulations
  • Partner with stakeholders to develop and implement tools that ensure housing, childcare and other providers eliminate accessibility and affordability barriers
  • Partner with stakeholders and advocate for more accessible, seamless transit systems region wide
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that residents are aware of the impact of private/public partnerships for new transit initiatives such as the LRT
  • Promote Peel Food Map to ensure access and use by residents and the food sector

Intermediate (4-7 Years)

  • Partner with child care systems and service providers to pilot an innovative, affordable and flexible childcare program
  • Partner with stakeholders and advocate for ongoing consistent investment in transit to ensure transit systems remain publicly funded
  • Advocate for policies that support Peel's agriculture and food businesses
  • Explore social capital and community engagement models that build community resilience, belonging and connection
  • Advocate for, support and promote integrated access that includes social and healthcare programs such as community hubs, pharma care, and dental care

Long-Term (8-10 years)

  • Partner with housing stakeholders to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people moving from the emergency shelter system to affordable stable housing
  • Partner with childcare stakeholders to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from accessing affordable and flexible child care programs