Information Meeting for Ward 13 Residents Regarding New Runnymede Shelter

  • Annette Community Recreation Centre 333 Annette Street Toronto, ON, M6P 1R3 Canada

City Staff have recommended a new 24-hour men's shelter with supportive services be built at 731 Runnymede Road in Ward 11 (just North of Ward 13's boundary). This location was chosen based on the requirements of the Municipal Shelter By-law, which include being on a minor arterial road with access to transit.

  • The shelter will be operated by City staff
  • It will provide 24/7 services including: meals, counselling/case management, assistance to find housing, and access to employability programs for up to 100 men.
  • The shelter will be fully compliant with the Toronto Shelter Standards once it is renovated.
  • A Community Liaison Committee consisting of local residents, shelter staff, Councillors, Toronto Police, clients and other stakeholders will be struck prior to the shelter opening.
  • If approved by Council, work is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2017 and a Community Liaison Committee consisting of local stakeholders, shelter staff and clients will also be struck.

Municipal by-laws require residents in the immediate area (250 metres) of a proposed shelter to be notified in writing and for one public information meeting to be held. In Ward 13, only part of Maria St (Runnymede to Gilmour) fell within the 250 metre radius of the proposed shelter. That being said, I know that residents throughout the northern part of Ward 13 have concerns about this shelter and want more information. I am hearing loud and clear that people want to know how this proposal will impact their neighbourhoods.

Join me to hear from City Staff about why this location was chosen, what services will be offered and how our community's concerns will be addressed.