A strong city is one that shows compassion and provides opportunities for all its residents. Despite a relatively low cost of living, strong employment, diverse economy, good schools, and vibrant culture, there are many who are struggling. The vacancy rate for rental housing sits at only 1.8% and housing prices have increased over 35% in the last several years. This creates the potential for a housing crisis. Many Londoners with mental health and addictions concerns find themselves disconnected from supports. Growing racial intolerance south of the border, is finding its way here.
As a city, I believe it's essential that we face these challenges head-on. I believe we all want a city where we can have the best chance to succeed - one where respect, compassion and understanding is shown to all our neighbours. Together we can learn from each other's experiences, build on each other's strengths and ensure London is a city that supports and embraces all its residents.
We can do this by:
- Implementing the recommendations of the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
- Adopting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.
- Building wrap-around supports for Londoners with addictions and mental health concerns.
- Completing development and implementation of the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
- Implementing the recommendations of the Mayor's Advisory Panel on Poverty.
- Continuing to use a 'housing first' model of support for under-housed and homeless Londoners.
- Using Community Improvement Plans, Inclusionary Zoning, and Bonusing to increase development of affordable housing.
- Providing trauma-informed care and support interactions from all service providers.
- Enhancing collaboration amongst community service agencies.