2012-2015 Three-Year Action Plan
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHY DOES PEEL REGION NEED A PLAN?


Eliminating poverty is not only the right and moral thing to do but it also makes economic sense. Poverty is costly for tax payers and businesses and contributes to lost productivity, insufficient pool of skilled workers and higher costs related to social and health services. Addressing poverty is an investment.

Peel can do this! The region has a long history of collective action. There are more than 15 collaboratives in Peel and countless partnerships between the public and non-profit sectors. This strategy builds on a strong foundation of collaboration, interventions and supports already in place that reduce the impact of poverty on Peel individuals and families.

Since the Region of Peel's 2005 Strategic Review of Poverty in Peel, several initiatives such as the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) and the Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) have been created to ensure Peel residents are supported and systems improved. In addition, important investments in housing and social services have been made by all levels of government:

  • In 2012, Queen's Park announced it will allocate 11.5% of its new funding to Peel's child and youth mental health agencies allowing Peel to serve an additional estimated 2,400 children and youth annually.
  • The Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and Region of Peel, will be building more than 700 affordable housing units between 2011 and 2014.

The Region of Peel, in partnership with senior levels of government and other stakeholders, has and will be able to build close to 100 new affordable housing rental units between 2011 and 2014.

While efforts in Peel are resulting in positive changes, challenges do remain:

  • Peel's population increases by approximately 27,000 people each year;
  • Funding for programs such as social services still does not reflect the current population growth in Peel and other 905 communities, which results in extensive wait lists;
  • Annually, the Region of Peel spends 31% of its total property tax supported operating budget ($414 million), and 22% of the net property tax supported budget ($180 million) on three programs supporting low income families in Peel: Ontario Works, Children's Services and Social Housing;
  • In 2009, it cost Peel residents earning minimum wage 6.8% of their monthly income to purchase a transit pass.

Change takes deliberate effort and time. The PPRSC is another brick in the foundation that is creating long-term meaningful change. It aligns with many of the existing collaborative strategies and addresses those issues that require more focused efforts.