financial

Get Involved: Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan

The first phase of the public consultation on Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan concluded in December 2016. The results of this phase can be found at the bottom of this page.

The city is now launching the second phase of public consultations. Members of the public are invited to participate in an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) on Saturday, April 22 from 1p.m.-5p.m. This session will provide opportunities for the public to provide input on how City Hall can both balance its books and its long-term priorities.

An online survey will also be available from April 22 to May 14.

Click here for more information about consultations on the Long-Term Financial Plan.

Toronto Botanical Garden Financial Sustainability

When I was at the Toronto Botanical Garden organic farmer’s market recently I had the chance to meet the impressive new executive director, Harry Jongerden.

Harry was the Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Blodel Conservatory in Vancouver, where he saved the conservatory from closure and devised a revitalization strategy.

Harry is joining the TBG at an exciting time!

Last year, I worked with TBG staff and the City’s Budget Committee to secure one-time lump sum funding to support the TBG while it worked with city staff on a financially sustainable operating plan.

City staff recently reported on TBG’s significant progress towards sustainability, and will continue to work with the TBG to put the garden on solid financial footing.

You can also help. Please consider making a donation and help the TBG maintain its excellent programming. You can make a donation at http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/join/make-a-gift/.

Post City Column: Sustaining our gem of a garden

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
August 2013

Summer is here and the Toronto Botanical Garden is in full bloom — what better time to come and visit the city’s only botanical garden.

The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is truly a gem, and I am honoured to have it in my ward. I have been happy to work with the garden since I was first elected.

Over the years, the TBG has become much more than a garden. It’s a gathering place for the community and a living classroom and a place to learn. It offers so many great programs, from courses and camps for children to farmers’ markets and concerts.

The TBG’s budget has not kept pace with these changes, leading to increased financial pressures. The TBG needs more annual funding to maintain these excellent programs. That’s why I worked with TBG staff and the city’s budget committee to secure a one-time lump sum of new funding last year at city council.

On a longer term basis, the TBG is working with the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division on a plan to become more financially sustainable. We expect to see a report this fall.

The TBG has recently hired a new executive director, Harry Jongerden, a previous director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Blodel Conservatory in Vancouver.

You can also help. The TBG depends on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations. The bulk of its revenues come from donations, membership fees, sponsorships and event rentals.

Consider making a donation and help the TBG maintain its programming.

You can make a donation at torontobotanicalgarden.ca.