Parkdale Community Space Needs Assessment


This survey has been developed in partnership between the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) and Ryerson University’s School of Urban & Regional Planning. Initial invitations to respond to the survery were sent to local organizations on October 23rd and survey responses will be accepted until November 06th 2017.

Fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/hxdOyffZRCaThtOO2

Goals of this survey

The needs assessment survey aims to understand the space needs and assets of non-profit orgnaizations within the community. We will use this information to identify challenges that your organization and others may be facing in the wake of pressures that have significantly impacted the affordability of space within the Parkdale neighbourhood. The information gathered will be used to potentially connect you with opportunities within future developments, where your organizational needs, as indicated, could be better met. The survey results will help guide future neighbourhood investments, as well as equip community agencies with accurate data and analysis to engage with the City, developers, the real estate sector and potential funders.


Please note that the information shard within this survey will be accessed by the Ryerson Research team, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Parkdale Community Economic Development partners, and City of Toronto Staff.


This survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The process will be simpler if you have the supporting documents and figures listed below readily available. We encourage you to schedule time to complete this survey.

Since we are asking about your budget, rents and lease terms, it is helpful to have this information available as you fill out the survey. Below is a list of the specific information you will need on hand.
• Approximate square footage of current space
• Lease terms (for renters)
• 2017 Property Assessment (for property owners)
• Staff/volunteer/user counts
• Annual budget (revenues and expenditures) including all occupancy-related costs
*e.g. meeting/event space rental, parking, utilities, telephone/internet

If you wish to complete the survey in more than one sitting, you can skip to the end and click Submit. You will receive a copy of your responses to the email address you provided, along with a link to ‘Edit Response’, which will allow you to make changes to your responses until the survey closes.

The survey will be closing on November 6th, 2017 at 5pm; please ensure that you have submitted your full form by this date. In order for all of your responses to be collected you must go to the end of the survey and click ‘submit survey’. This will demonstrate your full consent to participation.

Should you need assistance with the survey questions, or if you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, simply email parkdale.spaceneedsassessment@gmail.com with your request.

Thank you for your participation. Should you have any questions or concerns about the community space needs assessment and survey please contact the Ryerson University

research team:

Pegah Abhari and the Ryerson University Student Research Team
T: 416-400-4146
E: pegah.abhari@ryerson.ca

We invite all          non-profit organizations in Parkdale / Ward 14 to participate in the 2017 Parkdale Space Needs Assessment. 

FILL OUT SURVEY https://goo.gl/forms/hxdOyffZRCaThtOO2

Parkdale Rooming House Study Released!


Download the Full Report  or the Executive Summary

In September 2016 PNLT commenced a seven-month study to determine the number and condition of rooming houses in Parkdale and to assess the impact of gentrification and real estate speculation on rooming house loss. The scale of what we have found—both the size and importance of this affordable housing stock and the rate at which it is disappearing—has alarmed the research team, non-profits, and City staff alike.

Our research found 198 rooming houses in Parkdale with an estimated 2,715 dwelling rooms — more than double the number of units owned by Toronto Community Housing within the study boundaries. We have also documented an escalating crisis of rooming house loss. The research confirmed that in the past 10 years, 28 rooming houses have been lost to conversion and upscaling, displacing an estimated 347 people. We believe 59 more, housing 818 people, are at imminent risk of being lost.

The continued loss of rooming houses in Parkdale will be catastrophic to the lives of hundreds of mostly low-income, vulnerable residents who depend on Parkdale’s social and community supports and are at risk of eviction, displacement, and homelessness.  We call on the non-profit and public sectors to respond urgently to this crisis.

We propose a 10-year, coordinated, multi-partner Parkdale Rooming House Preservation Strategy to preserve, maintain, and develop this disappearing stock of affordable housing. As the Federal government is poised for a reinvestment in a 10-year national housing strategy, there is no room for unkept promises.

PNLT’s 2017 Annual General Meeting TODAY!


Saturday May 06, 2017 at 3pm-5pm
Download the full invitation
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave.
Doors open at 2:30pm, Registration starts at 2:45pm. Event – 3pm-5pm
Food will be served. Childcare available. Tibetan interpretation available.

On May 06 2017 the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) will host its second Annual Members
Meeting! At this event our members will elect 9 new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.

The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the PNLT is making on your behalf. To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering before April 29th. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale.