2015 Summit – Better City Bootcamp

We are excited to share our Better City Bootcamp report: Jumping into Action that captures the day’s dialogue and proposed ideas, which will help shape our actions going forward. 

Every four years, CivicAction holds a summit to put our finger on the pulse and identify the biggest issues facing the region. Out of the summit, CivicAction sets our agenda for the next four years and focuses on high-impact initiatives that lend themselves to multi-sector solutions.

True to the CivicAction model, attendees, speakers, and panels were there to represent a wide range of voices and experiences, as complex urban challenges need an all hands on deck approach.

In 2015, we broadened our reach to bring the conversation and action to more people than ever by live-streaming the event, having satellite locations, and engaging in digital conversations. Thank you to the hosts of our satellite locations – Rexdale Community Hub and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – for helping us to engage more people across the region!

On April 28th, 2015 Better City Bootcamp drove attention to five interrelated themes influencing our region’s personal and community health and well-being:

  1. Housing affordability and the growing need to match seniors’ healthcare to housing options.
  2. Mental health in the workplace.
  3. The importance of the “first 1000 days.”
  4. Public space: For the health of our people and communities
  5. Increased density and weather intensity and the infrastructure needs of tomorrow.

Leading up to the Summit, we worked with TD Economics to define the key challenges related to these issues, helping to set the context for action. Read about their findings in the full report here.

Over the next four years, we will drive progress in each of the five Summit issues, starting with the launch of an initiative to mobilize GTHA employers and employees to better support mental health in the workplace. We have convened a Champions Council and Advisory Group to guide this work, who are committed to making workplaces a better resource for colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues.

Missed Better City Bootcamp? We have video highlights from the day including remarks from Minister Lisa Raitt, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction, and Rod Phillips, Chair, CivicAction, the ‘Connecting the Dots’ morning panel, and a powerful closing by spoken word artist Mustafa the Poet. Visit our YouTube channel to see how the day unfolded!

And for more information on our themes, please see our Fast Facts.