Parkdale Planning: Community Wellbeing Workshops

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Five years ago, the Parkdale People’s Economy released the Parkdale Community Planning Study as a blueprint for building decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale. This year, we are re-visiting our community planning process to assess what we have accomplished, what we need to continue, and what we need to shift to build renewed plans for a more equitable future in Parkdale. In the wake of the global pandemic, we will ground our planning to address local crisis response, mid-term recovery and rebuild, and long-term visions for transformation in Parkdale. 

To support this planning, we are launching the first phase of a three-part participatory planning process in Parkdale. The first phase – the Community Wellbeing Workshops – aims to build a community-based vision for economic, racial, and climate justice centered on local wellbeing in Parkdale. Here are three ways to get involved:

  1. Join our Public Workshops: Register here for one of three online events taking place in the last week of July:
    • Monday, July 26th from 6-8PM (RSVP)
    • Tuesday, July 27th from 6-8PM (RSVP)
    • Friday, July 30 from 1-3PM (RSVP)

If you would like to receive a physical handout to accompany the online workshop, please contact or drop by the Good Food Market (see below).

2. Visit us in Person: Visit our Interactive Booth at the Good Food Market in Masaryk Park (Queen and Cowan) every Thursday from 3-7PM. Please wear a mask and practice physical distancing! 

3. Plan a Workshop: We are currently planning workshop sessions with community groups in Parkdale to meet people where they are at, hold spaces with trusting relationships, and ensure that supports such as translation are in place. If you are interested in planning a workshop with your community group, please reach out to us over email at We are aiming to plan workshops with translation supports in Tibetan, Tamil, Tagalog, and Hungarian.

The Community Wellbeing Workshop is the first phase in a three-part participatory planning process taking place this year. The next phase, Community Mapping, will take place in Fall 2021 and the final phase, Action Planning, will take place in Winter 2021. The community planning process is being guided by a Planning Committee made up of 15 community members, community agency representatives, and grassroots organizers, as well as the Parkdale Neighbourhood Planning Table. If you have any questions about the planning process, please contact the Planning Coordinator, Mercedes Sharpe Zayas at

We’re Hiring: 4 Positions

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The Parkdale People’s Economy is hiring 4 new positions! Please see below for the postings:

Also check out the following great job postings in the neighbourhood:

Get Involved: Parkdale Planning

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Are you committed to building equitable and just futures in Parkdale? This year, the Parkdale People’s Economy will collaboratively lead a renewed Community Planning Study in the neighbourhood. In the wake of the global pandemic and sustained movements for economic, racial, and climate justice, we will ground our planning to address local crisis response, mid-term recovery and rebuild, and long-term visions for transformation in Parkdale.

Here are 3 ways to support community planning:

1️⃣ Apply for the Planning Committee: We are seeking dedicated community members and community groups committed to equity and justice to apply to the Planning Committee to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of the planning process. Committee members will meet monthly and will be provided honorarium for supporting the process. The application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 12th. Apply here:

2️⃣ Sign up to volunteer for the Parkdale Planning Study: We are seeking volunteers to support the roll-out of the community planning process. Please sign up using the following form and we’ll get back to you in the coming month with more details:

3️⃣ Register for the Neighbourhood Planning Table: On Thursday, April 22nd from 3-5PM, the Neighbourhood Planning Table will review and track the Parkdale Community Planning Study from 2016 to celebrate what has been accomplished and determine what needs to be prioritized moving forward. Register here:

For more information, contact!

Job Posting: Community Health Lead

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The Parkdale People’s Economy is hiring for a two-year, full-time contract! The Community Health Lead will coordinate an emergent community-based project that aims to strengthen the neighbourhood economy by building a workforce planning strategy for equitable and inclusive hiring in the healthcare sector. The lead will be responsible for building partnerships with local anchor institutions, health providers, unions, employment agencies, community groups, and workers to build a workforce planning pathway with a focus on safe, healthy, and dignified workplaces in our health care systems, as well as addressing key considerations for economic security in the recovery, rebuild, and transformation from COVID-19. The lead will support a three-phase project: mapping the healthcare sector from a place-based lens; assessing strategies through focus groups with key stakeholders; and building the pathways for piloting inclusive local hiring opportunities in the neighbourhood. As a member of the Parkdale People’s Economy team, the successful candidate will also contribute to the overall neighbourhood planning, organizing, design, and implementation of the wider project.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to by Monday, March 15th at 6PM with the subject line: Parkdale People’s Economy: Community Health Lead.

Justice for Queen’s Hotel: Community Coalition Meeting

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Justice for Queen’s Hotel is a coalition of community members and former tenants who are saying NO to the proposed development at the former Queen’s Hotel, 1521 Queen Street West, where 27 tenants were unlawfully and violently evicted in 2015. Six years later, the developer (BSäR) has yet to replace the 27 affordable dwelling rooms to make amends for the cruel displacement of community members in Parkdale. To learn more about the history, read a former tenant’s story of eviction from Queen’s Hotel.

The developer has now applied to the Local Planning Approval Tribunal (LPAT) which will make the development process much more complex for community members to navigate.

Justice for Queen’s Hotel invites you to a Community Coalition Meeting on Thursday, February 11 from 6PM to 8PM to discuss BSäR’s recent appeal. This will be an opportunity to coordinate a community based strategy to respond and engage in the appeal process. Registration will give you access to the Zoom meeting details. Any questions please email

Parkdale Community Safety Workshops

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The Parkdale Women’s Leadership Group and the Community Safety Committee for Mutual Aid Parkdale are collaborating to provide a series of workshops on Community Safety and Wellness every Monday from 6-8PM throughout February and March 2021. 

With the second wave of COVID-19 underway and sustained movements for racial justice and defunding the police, we have been hearing growing calls from community members to skill up and offer new forms of care and support in moments of crisis that do not rely on the police. We offered the following trainings with local facilitators to build community solidarity and learning:

  • Navigating Crisis
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Harm Reduction
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence 
  • Self Defense
  • Transformative Justice 
  • Community Healing

MONDAY EVENINGS FROM 6-8PM | FEB 1, 2021 – MAR 29, 2021

Please see below for the recordings and resources from our workshops:

For more information, contact Beryl-Ann Mark at or (416) 803-9594.

Special thanks to Recipe for Community – a funding partnership between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Foundation – for generous support for this project.

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Job Posting: Parkdale Black Caucus Coordinator

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The newly formed Parkdale Black Caucus is looking for a motivated community builder for a short-term independent contract. The position description is attached below. The Caucus is also looking for more members to join the Steering Committee. If interested in either the position or joining the Parkdale Black Caucus, please contact Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin at

The Parkdale Black Caucus (PBC) is a grassroots initiative to build community among Black, Afro-Canadian, Afro-Caribbean members of the Parkdale neighbourhood and to strengthen the voice of Black community members in the larger planning and visioning for the neighbourhood. The Black Caucus is currently guided by a Steering Committee of community members who live, work or spend significant time in Parkdale, and is supported in partnership with the Parkdale People’s Economy.

PBC Coordinator will work with the Steering Committee to conduct outreach with Black members of the Parkdale community and coordinate the activities of the Caucus, such as facilitating monthly meetings and supporting resource development. The Coordinator will also work with the Steering Committee to design and implement an initiative for the first phase of the Caucus that will seek to  build and strengthen relationships and identify priorities of Black Community Members in Parkdale.

The Parkdale Black Caucus is looking for someone who is passionate about Blackness, community coordination and the empowerment of Black Parkdalians.

Consultations on Recovery, Rebuild, and Transformation

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From July 13-17, 2020, the City of Toronto partnered with Social Planning Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) to conduct community consultations. This initiative is part of the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR)’s effort to rebuild and reimagine the way the City delivers its programs and services. Parkdale People’s Economy took this opportunity to begin our participatory planning process, and created a Parkdale-specific survey in addition to the TORR’s survey to better capture the desires of the community.

Consultation Results

The consultation process recently finished, and we want to thank the many individuals who helped make it happen, from those gathering input online, in person, and leading group consultations in Tamil and Tagalog.

We will formally present and discuss the results of the Parkdale consultation with the community Monday, September 14 (Zoom details to follow), however the Summary Report is published for immediate viewing and can be downloaded below. Challenges, creative solutions, and calls for resilience were expressed within three key themes: (1) housing justice, (2) income and employment supports; and (3) mental health and harm reduction.

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Job Posting: Research Assistant

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The Parkdale People’s Economy is hiring for a summer contract! The Research Assistant position will support the staff team at Parkdale People’s Economy with ongoing projects and programs of the network. This will include research and data collection related to building just local economies in Parkdale, as well as administrative support for the broader project. This position is for youth under 30 years of age and is funded by a contribution from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to by July 24, 2020 with the subject line: Canada Summer Jobs Student (PCED).

Parkdale Pods: Mutual Aid Network

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The Parkdale People’s Economy has been supporting Mutual Aid Parkdale (M.A.P.) with self-organizing mutual aid networks in Parkdale to build strong connections with neighbours during the outbreak of COVID-19. We know that many of our neighbours are disproportionately impacted by social distancing due to housing insecurity, mental health, poverty, precarious work, and lack of access to affordable food and resources. We want to ensure that isolated and vulnerable community members have support networks and solidarity during these difficult times. 

Neighbourhood Pods are hyperlocal text message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbours. Since not everyone has access to online communication or will ever see these google docs, neighbourhood pods are how we reach more people through calling and texting our neighbours. We are asking for community members to sign up as Pod Leaders, where you would take on the responsibility of:

  • Reaching out to your neighbours over the phone or online.
  • Checking in on what needs are arising on your block, building, or community.
  • Coordinating and moderating a neighbourhood group chat or phone tree.
  • Staying in touch with other pod leaders for resource pooling and sharing.

If you have the capacity to take on this role, or are already fulfilling this role through a pre-existing network, please fill out the Pod Leader survey. We encourage groups to self-organize and pool resources, and will be providing back-end resource support to neighbourhood pods, such as coordination support, food delivery, and financial supports. This is an emergent process, and we will continue to provide updates!

To learn more, please review the following documents:

Please note that we adapted the resources for creating ‘Neighbourhood Pods’ from Mutual Aid Medford and Summerville and encourage other neighbourhoods to do the same! 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact for more information.

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Kung Kailangan mo ng tulong sa salitang Tagalog, tumawag sa 416-633-5056

यदि तपाईंलाई नेपाली भाषामा सहयोग चाहिन्छ भने 647-836-9578 मा कृपया सम्पर्क गर्नुहोस।

Join a Parkdale Pod! Mutual Aid Parkdale has over 20 active pods. Visit our map to find the Pod closest to you and reach out to connect with your neighbours! If your block does not have a Pod, please sign up to become a Pod Leader!