Backgrounder

The Toronto City Summit Alliance is a coalition of civic leaders from the private, labour, voluntary and public sectors in the Toronto region, and includes a network of hundreds of volunteers. We formed this alliance because we care about the future of the Toronto region. In June of 2002, many of us participated in the Toronto City Summit - a conference of leaders representing the city's diverse communities - to assess our urban region's strengths and challenges, and to shape a framework for action that could move us forward over the next five to ten years. We heard that our...

Fast Facts

The Toronto City Summit Alliance, a non-partisan group, was formed in June 2002 to address challenges to the future of the Toronto regionThe TCSA Steering Committee has 55-members and a network of volunteers from the private, labour, voluntary, arts and public sectorsIn April 2003, the TCSA published its report Enough Talk - a framework for action in the Toronto regionthe Chair of the TCSA Steering Committee is David PecautTCSA is a not for profit organization and is supported entirely by donations from sponsorsThe TCSA is currently involved in six initiatives that are implementing the recommendations contained in Enough Talk

Story Ideas

There are many interesting, frustrating and hopeful stories to tell about the Toronto region. Here are some great ideas… The taxing power of municipalities is governed by the provinces. How does the range of tools available to Toronto City Council compare to other Canadian cities like Montreal or Calgary? What about American or European cities? Much is made of Toronto's meager subway system and in particular the possibility of extending the Downsview line to York University. New underground lines may be cost prohibitive but what about solutions like dedicated bus lines or above-ground light rail? Since January 2004 many Toronto...

Quotes

TCSA "I think there is a grassroots realization (that) the underfunding of all these front is undermining their quality of like, and making Ontario and Canada less competitive on the global market".- Ann Mulvale, Mayor of Oakville "It's time to move to action. We're about mobilizing action, not about re-iterating the arguments that others have made".- David Pecaut, Chair, TCSA "The Toronto City Summit Alliance report Enough Talk is a strategic call to action. The recommendations reflect the collective vision of a broad spectrum of civic leaders from all sectors of society, who are united in their dedication to this...

Toronto Region Related Statistics

The GTA made a net contribution (tax revenues less re-investment) of $3 billion to the province of Ontario in 2000 and $17 billion to the federal government that same yearGridlock costs the GTA $2 billion annually in lost productivityWithin the past decade alone, the TTC has seem its operating subsidy fall far below that received by any comparable urban centre in the world- from 61 cents to 37 cents per riderEvery day over 2.2 million TTC trips are takenEmployment in the tourism sector declined by about 8 percent between 1998 and 2000 for a loss of 6800 jobs. During this...