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Service Review - Environment Office

Toronto’s Core Service Review - Summary to Parks and Environment Committee

The fourth report on the Toronto Core Service Review was released on
Thursday and outlines ‘Opportunities’ for savings to the Parks and Environment Committee (including Parks and Recreation programs, Forestry Services and the Toronto Environment Office).
This report will come before Parks and Environment on Thursday July 21.

Read deputations by TEA staff to the Committee about the environmental risks of these suggested cuts.  

See the consultant's report and other documents on the City website here (Suggested cuts are in Appendix A, Part 2).

The consultants note that 85% of services overseen by the Parks & Environment Committee are 'core' - mandatory services legislated by the Province or essential to the function of the city.


Suggested service cuts:

ELIMINATE THE TORONTO ENVIRONMENT OFFICE - Consultants suggest eliminating the entire Toronto Environment Office (TEO)- an office set up to coordinate and manage all environmental programs across the City. TEO provides research and policy support on climate change preparedness and sustainability, as well as support for individuals, communities and businesses to help clean the air and reduce energy use.

PARKS SERVICE CUTS - Consultants suggest eliminating the Urban Agriculture program which allows  residents and community groups grow healthy, fresh and affordable food on excess City parkland.

URBAN FORESTRY - Consultants suggest reducing Toronto's Tree Canopy target of 30-40% tree cover in the City. Toronto has an aging forest and significant tree care and planting is required to maintain the air-cleaning properties, shade and habitat trees provide that make our city so livable.

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