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At its root, food security is a symptom of poverty. According to the Daily Bread Food Bank, the vast majority (87%) of food bank clients live in unaffordable housing (1). With rent, utilities, and transit costs eating holes in household budgets, Torontonians are struggling to fill their plates and pantries. As a result, food bank usage has surged to all-time highs (2).

Our city is in trouble. Our neighbours are struggling. And yet, only 3/10 Torontonians voted in the 2022 municipal election (3). On June 26th, we have an opportunity to try again — we get a "do over." 
 

However you engaged with the 2022 election, try to outdo yourself this time around. Share this resource. Read, listen, and learn. Talk to your friends, coworkers, neighbours, and loved ones. Together, we can defeat apathy and build a civically engaged Toronto that cares for its most vulnerable residents

Click on the icons
below to learn where your

candidates stand on....

*The 6 candidates featured (out of a field of 102)
were chosen based on their
appearance in major televised debates.

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Food

Security

Each candidate has been assigned a rating out of three based on whether their platform includes a commitment to the following food security priorities: 

 

1. Funding for Emergency Food Aid Projects will support front-line food aid providers like food banks and community kitchens — organizations currently experiencing record-breaking demand for their services.
 

2. Investing in Community Garden Projects will allow communities to grow sustainable, healthy food — lowering costs for families and offsetting the climate consequences of traditional food supply chains (4).

3. Building Stronger Food Systems will increase local food production and distribution at scale. These policies will lower costs for consumers and get food to the most vulnerable by meaningfully increasing local food supply, or by making long-term municipal commitments to supporting the critical work of existing food security organizations (food banks, etc). 
 

Hover over a candidate summary and click "Read More" to view policy details 

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Ana Bailão

3/3

Bailão has committed to investing $10 million towards a food hamper program serving Toronto seniors. She has also proposed food-system strengthening polices, including pushing grocery stores to donate soon-to-expire food, and transforming hydro corridors into community gardens.

bailao

Olivia Chow

2/3

Chow has committed to more funding for food banks, community gardens and kitchens. She has also proposed using the city’s bulk purchasing power to decrease costs for food banks. Chow's platform will not strengthen local food systems.

Chow

Brad Bradford

0/3

Bradford has committed to organizing a food drive out if the Mayor's office, and has promised to work with food banks to improve services. Bradford has not committed to strengthening food systems, or supporting community garden projects. 

Bradford

Mitzie Hunter

3/3

Hunter has pledged to double city funding for school nutrition programs, create a Food Security Plan for Toronto, and support community gardens. To address food deserts, many of Hunter’s affordable housing developments will have revenue-generating food markets on the ground floor.

Hunter

Josh Matlow

2/3

Matlow has been outspoken in his support for community and rooftop gardens. He has also pledged to launch 16 "enhanced youth spaces" — providing food and after school homework help. Matlow's platform will not strengthen local food systems.

Josh

Mark Saunders

0/3

Mark Saunders has not released a platform and has made no public comment with a direct bearing on food insecurity. Saunders has not committed to strengthening food systems, or supporting community garden projects. 

Saunders
Food Security
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Housing

Security

Each candidate has been assigned a rating out of three based on whether their platform includes a commitment to implementing the following housing security priorities: 

 

1Tenant Protections shield renters from unjust eviction, and strengthen stop gap measures like the Toronto Rent Bank to ensure temporary setbacks like job loss don't result in families losing their homes or skipping meals to keep a roof over their heads.
 

2. Housing Affordability measures aim at freezing or cooling Toronto's runaway housing market, lowering costs for renters and/or making the dream of home ownership possible for a generation of young people. 

3. Building and Development plans aim to add new housing, either through city-built projects or incentivizing non-governmental development. Only candidates who commit to building affordable housing will receive a point in this category. 
 

Hover over a candidate summary and click "Read More" to view policy details 

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Olivia Chow

3/3

Chow will protect renters by tripling the reach of the Eviction Prevention Program, scaling up the Toronto Tenant Support Program, and doubling the rent-bank to $10 million. She has also pledged to build 25,000 city-owned rental units – 10% offered at rent geared to income rates.

Chow

Mitzie Hunter

3/3

Hunter will protect renters by creating a Tenant Advocacy role within Legal Services, expanding the Eviction Prevention Program, and tripling the rent-bank to $15 million. She has also pledged to build 22,700 city-owned rental units – 10% offered at 40% of market rates.

Hunter

Brad Bradford

1/3

Bradford has not committed to any renter protections, or city-built housing projects – instead, he aims to lower housing costs by incentivizing building by the private sector. His plan includes encouraging double shifting, 24/7 construction, and using city land for private development.

Bradford

Josh Matlow

3/3

Matlow will protect renters by funding paralegals to fight illegal rent increases, fining landlords who refuse to address pest issues, and creating 2,000 new rent supplements. He has also pledged to build 15,750 units of city-owned housing – 5% at rent geared to income rates.

Josh

Ana Bailão

2/3

Bailão will protect renters by creating an anti-displacement unit to fight renovictions and tripling the rent bank to $15 million. She has also pledged to “develop incentives and launch new policies to support the delivery of 285,000 new homes
by 2031."

bailao

Mark Saunders

1/3

Saunders has not committed to any renter protections, or city-built housing – instead, he aims to lower costs by incentivizing building by the private sector. He plans to lower taxes for developers building affordable housing, and increase city granting to housing non-profits.

Saunders
Housing Security
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Supportive

Programs

Each candidate has been assigned a rating out of three based on whether their platform includes a commitment to implementing the following supportive programs and transformative infrastructure priorities: 

 

1. Transit Affordability / Access policies aim to improve subway, streetcar, and busway routes by expanding infrastructure, boosting safety measures, and decreasing fares and wait times for users.
 

2. Mental Health and Addiction Support plans will strengthen city-wide response by adding new clinics and crisis intervention services and/or bolster existing programs to meet emerging needs.
 

3. Homelessness services will increase the capacity of shelter programs, respite centres, and warming/cooling centres, while also improving supplementary street outreach and wraparound supports city-wide.

Hover over a candidate summary and click "Read More" to view policy details 

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Olivia Chow

3/3

Chow will invest in transit by putting cell service in subways, and reversing TTC budget cuts. On mental health and homelessness, she’s pledged to support community-led street outreach, create 24/7 respite spaces, and establish a non-police 911 alternative.

Chow

Mitzie Hunter

2.5/3

Hunter will improve transit by adding glass sliding doors to subway platforms, opening subways at 5am, and expanding the Scarborough LRT. On mental health and homelessness, Hunter plans to improve 24/7 warming centres, and double the capacity of street outreach programs. 

Hunter

Mark Saunders

1.5/3

Saunders will strengthen police presence across the TTC, and enforce a minimum lighting standard at bus stops. On mental health and homelessness, he will expand police de-escalation training, increase the number of mobile crisis response teams, and remove encampments. 

Saunders

Josh Matlow

3/3

Matlow will improve transit both by reversing recent cuts and developing a TTC safety plan. On mental health and homelessness, he has pledged to invest in respite and shelter services, improve drop-in networks, and strengthen trauma recovery and counselling programs city-wide.

Josh

Ana Bailão

2/3

Bailão will improve transit by reversing TTC cuts, putting cell service on subways, and lowering fares for Scarborough riders. On mental health and homelessness, she’s pledged to address gender-based violence, add more mobile mental-health clinics, and invest substantially in shelter programs.

bailao

Brad Bradford

1.5/3

Bradford will increase safety patrols across the TTC, and add cell service in subways. On mental health, he has announced he will develop a new agency comprised of various mental health and crisis outreach workers to streamline mental health support city-wide.

Bradford
Supportive Programs

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MAZON Canada is a grassroots community foundation that feeds both Jewish and non-Jewish Canadians in need by supporting a network of front-line food aid projects in towns and cities across from coast to coast.

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