WHAT’S NEW

Early Online Voting Open for 2020 AGM!  

In recognition that the pandemic will impact many community members ability to participate fully in the online meeting on November 11th, we have decided to open up early online voting.

Starting on Monday November 3rd 2020 and ending on November 11th at 6:30PM, eligible members will be able to view video statements from 16 amazing Board nominees and vote to elect 10 new members to serve on the PNLT Board of Directors, our decision making body. 

Vote now at this link – https://forms.gle/zw7fDVcmrjBDMaVHA

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Watch Community Member nominees video remarks – https://youtu.be/XlJiFNyN88s

PNLT Annual General Meeting 2020

DATE: November 11th, 6:30-8:30pm 
RSVP at this LINK
JOIN BY ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84575838272
JOIN BY PHONE: 647 558 0588, or 647 374 4685 
MEETING ID: 845 7583 8272

Download the AGM Notice (LINK)

Come and celebrate with us, and have your say on our Board Nominees, Purpose, Vision, Values and 2021-2026 Strategic Plan!

Join us online on Wednesday November 11th 2020 for the Annual General Meeting of The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT).

The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in decision making. 
This year, members will be able to:

The AGM Agenda is:

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Approval of Chair & Minute Taker
  3. 2019-2020 Progress Report
  4. Report From Treasurer
  5. Present Bylaw Amendment(s) for Approval
  6. Report from Nominating Committee
  7. Board Nominee Remarks
  8. Vote to elect new Board Members
  9. Purpose, Vision and Values Summary
  10. Strategic Plan 2021-2026
  11. Adjournment

Want to vote for this year’s board members, and have your say on the organizations’ direction? Well, you need to be a member by November 1st (ten days in Advance of the AGM), so sign up today! :http://www.pnlt.ca/getinvolved/membership/


Fixing The Leaky Bucket: A Comprehensive Policy & Program Framework to Preserve Toronto’s Supply of Deeply Affordable Housing

The Neighbourhood Land Trust is honoured to publish a new research report – Fixing the Leaky Bucket: A Comprehensive Policy & Program Framework to Preserve Toronto’s supply of Deeply Affordable Housing.


Download Full Report
Download Executive Summary

Learn more here. 


The Land Trust Preserves and Protects an at-risk Bachelorette building in Parkdale!

We are happy to announce that the Land Trust, in close partnership with PARC, has acquired a 15 unit at-risk licenced bachelorette building in Parkdale!  – Read the Toronto Star front page feature and CBC story.

Championed by City Councillor Gord Perks, funding for this project has come from the City of Toronto Rooming House Acquisition Pilot Program, providing $1.5 million in municipal funding for the acquisition, coupled with a further $601,426 from Ontario Renovates for building improvements.

Against huge odds, we have removed this property from the speculative real estate market. We have done this to ensure that the tenants of this building will be safe from harassment, above-guideline rent increases and renovictions.

Most importantly, this success will ensure that existing tenants, many of whom are low-income, will continue to enjoy affordable rental housing. Additionally, for any new tenants being considered in the future, priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness.

The acquisition is the first affordable housing project of the land trust. In this inaugural project, we are very happy to announce that we have committed to guaranteeing affordable rents in perpetuity.

Finally, this 15-unit Parkdale property will be owned by the Land Trust but will be operated and managed by PARC, (a United Way Anchor Agency), which now provides 71 units of affordable housing for adults who are low-income and or experience mental health and addictions challenges in South Parkdale.

This project is also the result of an incredible mobilization of energy by Parkdale residents. We are working together to fight injustice and build a more equitable City. We are working together to defend our amazing community from an all-out attack by predatory corporate landlords. We are working together to defend our homes and our lives. We are fed up and we getting more and more organized every day!

Thank you to all the Parkdale residents and allies who have contributed to this project as a volunteer, a donor and supporter!

Download the press release here.

Thank you to our funders:

  • City of Toronto
  • Ontario Renovates
  • Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund, with administrative support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Maytree
  • Catherine Donnelly Foundation
  • Cota
 

 


New Report: Saving Room: Community action and municipal policy to protect dwelling room stock in North American cities

As our city considers new policies to protect dwelling rooms, we believe it’s important to draw upon the experiences of other cities. To help inform the discussion, we have released the report, Saving room: Community action and municipal policy to protect dwelling room stock in North American cities,” by Emily Paradis, PhD. The report looks at the comprehensive approaches other cities have developed to effectively prevent and respond to the loss of dwelling rooms in their cities.

Learning from these examples, it’s clear that Toronto needs a comprehensive framework that includes the following:

1. Regulations that put restrictions on the conversion, demolition, and renovation of rooming houses;

2. Programs that facilitate the transfer of ownership of private rooming houses to non-profits, and

3. Support for tenant education and advocacy.

Download the Executive Summary

Download the Full Report

This report was created as part of the Parkdale Rooming House Stabilization, Eviction Prevention and Preservation Strategy: an initiative of four collaborating agencies (PNLT, PARC, Parkdale Community Legal Services and Woodgreen) that are working together with tenants to preserve and protect Parkdale’s affordable rooming house stock. Our hope is that this jurisdictional scan on dwelling room protection policy can inform policy development, advocacy and organizing in Toronto.

This report was made possible through the support of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund of the Government of Ontario, which is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Thank you to Maytree for its support with editing and production.

The overall strategy has received additional investment from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, The Law Foundation of Ontario and Cota, as well as over 100 members of the Parkdale Community.