Area of Focus: Living
In the area of focus of Living, we want people's lives to be improved in their time of need.
The Strategic Plan's 20-year Outcomes are the long-term community trends we strive to improve.
We measure progress towards the long-term Living outcomes by tracking key indicators for the Peel community, such as housing affordability, self-rated general health and client satisfaction with our service delivery.
Review the reports below to learn how Peel is currently measuring up across key Living indicators.
Additional measures are under development to track progress toward: access to local, nutritious food sources and access to culturally appropriate services.
Do you have an idea for a community indicator we should be monitoring? Email the Corporate Strategy Office.
Four-year Term of Council Priorities
During this four-year Term of Council, the Region is focused on 11 priorities, including three Living priorities. Progress to-date on these includes:
- Partnered to build a new high-rise in downtown Brampton with 205 affordable housing units.
- Purchased 40 condo units to house people and families on the centralized waiting list for housing.
- Began a time-limited housing allowance project
- Began work towards launching a File Your Taxes. Get Your Benefits campaign. This campaign will increase income levels in 2017 by helping low-income residents claim their full tax benefit entitlement.
- Began developing a Community Benefits Model. Over time, this model will help us add social benefits into public infrastructure contracts. These can include commitments to hire local talent, buy local supplies, or provide amenities to local neighbourhoods (such as parks and trails).
Increase Stable Employment
In 2016, the Ontario government started the "Employment and Social Assistance Transformation" review, which the Region supports. The review will make recommendations in 2017 that will have implications for how municipalities approach stable employment efforts.
In 2016, we provided the following ongoing services in support of our long-term objectives.
Adult Day Services
- Learned that 92.7% of surveyed clients believe programming helped maintain or improve their well-being.
- Learned that 54.4% of caregivers surveyed believe programming helped clients age in place, prolonging their ability to live at home.
- Achieved 4/5 Quality of Care targets set by the province of Ontario*.
- Supported 18,700 households each month (on average) through the Ontario Works program.
- Invested $7.2 million across 130 community agencies in Peel to support their organizational sustainability and capacity to implement innovative initiatives in the community.
Support for Children with Special Needs
- Provided 1,555 children with a range of services focused on their individual needs.
Housing and Homelessness Support
- Served 808 individuals through homelessness prevention programs.
- Provided 19,620 affordable housing units and homes.
- Provided 13,298 people with shelter beds and transitional housing.
- Responded to 115,029 emergency and non-emergency calls.
- 50 ambulances on the road during peak times to respond to 911 calls.
- Provided 566,275 accessible trips to 18,000 clients.
Child Care Support
- Provided 14,736 fee subsidies, making it possible for lower-income families to benefit from licensed child care.
- Supported 40,822 licensed child care spaces with Early Years and Child Care funding.
Free Breastfeeding Consultations
- Provided 11,500 free breastfeeding consultations to support a great start for new mothers and their babies.
Free Dental Screenings
- Screened 74,705 children for dental conditions of which 11,789 were identified for urgent care.
- Provided 4,476 children with free preventative dental services.
Early Literacy Promotion
- Supported 6,150 parents and professionals through early literacy workshops and programs.
- Attracted 13,000 visitors to the Learning in Our Neighbourhood (LION) Mobile Program.
Sexual Health Support
- Supported 19,500 visitors at our Sexual Health Clinics, helping to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections with free testing, treatment and contraceptives.
* The five Quality of Care targets are: 1) Number of Emergency Department visits; 2) percentage of residents developing specific-stage ulcers; 3) percentage of residents who fell; 4) percentage of residents physically restrained; and 5) percentage of residents given antipsychotic medication without psychosis. The Region exceeded targets for #1 - #4 by staying below maximum target, but did not stay below the target for #5.