Area of Focus: Living
Outcome: Increased income for Region of Peel residents, particularly those of lowest income
- Percentage of eligible families receiving appropriate entitlements, and
- Number of contracts awarded with Community Benefits Agreements.
According to 2011 tax-filer data, 17% of Peel residents are living in poverty. Poverty is associated with negative health and social outcomes. In order to take steps to reduce poverty during this Term of Council, the Region of Peel is seeking ways to ensure that low income Peel residents receive the benefits they are eligible for and applying a Community Benefits Model which will embed socially beneficial initiatives into public infrastructure contracts (e.g. hiring local low-income residents, buying locally, etc.).
- 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).