Prosperity Platform Campaign Results
Update, November 12, 2018:
City Councillors Cynthia Lai and Jennifer McKelvie have recently endorsed the Prosperity Pledge, bringing the total number of Council members who have signed it to 19 including Mayor Tory (73.1% of Council members). Two declined, and five did not respond to the invitation.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Over the past two months, C2C and FITC members, partners, and a team of community animators have worked tirelessly across the city to collect signed Prosperity Platform pledges from 133 of the 277 candidates running for Mayor or Councillor in the October 22 election.
We’ve also contacted and met with key community stakeholders. We’ve organized, hosted and attended community meetings and events. We’ve hosted advocacy training sessions (like how to speak with your City Councillor) and supported residents in taking action (like asking a question at an All Candidates meeting). And we’ve collected information on what residents need in their communities.
Why did we do all of this?
Because Toronto has the highest rates of child and adult poverty among large cities in Canada.
Because poverty costs Toronto $5 billion a year in health and social service costs, and lost taxes.
Because Indigenous People, people of colour, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ and newcomers experience particularly high levels of poverty.
Because thousands of residents wait years for housing, child care and recreation programs.
Because more and more Torontonians are facing economic difficulties and having trouble making ends meet.
Because we believed that the Prosperity Platform campaign could have real impact in communities.
Click here to see what the Prosperity Platform means to communities and which candidates committed to fight poverty in our city.