Fred Victor Centre to create new housing community
Fred Victor Centre, Council's oldest ministry partner, has announced that it has secured an opportunity to transform a thriving Athletes' Village into a bold, new supportive housing community in Toronto. The Provincial Government and Fred Victor have signed an agreement for Fred Victor to own and operate an affordable housing apartment building currently being developed as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para American Games Athletes' Village project. When the games are over and the athletes have returned home, Fred Victor will be moving in and adapting one the buildings in the West Don Lands to accommodate a diverse mix of tenants including people with disabilities, families, veterans, seniors, and newcomers. In addition to providing affordable housing for up to 300 residents, the 10-storey building will also serve as a hub for community and church social services.
40 Oaks opens
A 15-year redevelopment of the Regent Park community in downtown Toronto is well underway. Included in Phase 1 of the initiative was the construction of a new multi-use facility on Toronto United Church Council's property at 40 Oak Street. The building has 87 units of affordable housing on the top four floors and 15,000 sq. feet of space on the lower floors for a community "hub". The "hub" provides accommodation for The Toronto Christian Resource Centre (CRC) of the United Church and other social service agencies and grassroots groups. In keeping with the responsive and flexible approach of both Council and the CRC, the space is designed to respond to the changing needs of a changing community. This area, therefore, is open concept, which is adaptable for multiple uses. A multi-faith worship centre is included. The building is designed to be environmentally friendly and was developed to meet the City of Toronto's Green Development Standards. Larry Webb, the Project Manager for the 40 Oaks Project, maintained a superb photo gallery of this major redevelopment beginning with the demolition of Council's old building on the site and continuing throughout the construction and opening of the new housing/community complex. You are invited to look through the several hundred excellent photos in the collection at 40 Oaks Photo Gallery .
Accessibility Standards Approved
Toronto United Church Council is committed to providing accessible quality service to all members of the public it serves. The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 became law on January 1, 2008 and is the first of five standards being developed by the Province with the intention of removing barriers faced by people with disabilities by 2025. This first Regulation on customer service required all public and private sector organizations in Ontario to be in compliance by January 1, 2012. In response, Council's Board of Directors approved and is implementing Council’s Accessibility Standards for Client Service Policy . Compliance with the four remaining standards (transportation, information and communications, employment, and the build environment) will be phased in as they are developed and approved. Visit the Government of Ontario website for more information about Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities.