Councillor Josh Matlow

Letter with Mayor Tory: Roehampton Shelter Progress Update & School Safety Plan

September 11, 2020

Dear Midtown resident,

We want to thank you for contacting us in the past about the Roehampton shelter initiative.

We’re writing to you today to provide an update on the work that has been underway to develop a School Safety Plan for the program.

We appreciate the dedication and hard work of school council chairs, local school trustees, principals and other school officials, and the Toronto Police Service in developing this plan. The plan will continue to be updated based on your ongoing feedback and our continuing conversations with the schools and school boards.

In addition to the safety and security measures already in place in the areas around the shelter including laneways, streets and roads in the neighbourhood, additional measures being implemented as part of this plan include:
• Enhanced community safety and mobile patrols to have a visible presence during school hours as well as during off-hours.
• Proactive safe removal and disposal of garbage and hazardous materials found in public spaces or on school property every morning before school and throughout the day.
• Rapid response to shelter-related issues that are reported from our school partners.

You can read the full plan here:

The school safety plan is another example of how the community is working together to make sure we maintain safe, stable neighbourhoods across our city, do everything we can to protect our children, and continue to care for our vulnerable fellow residents.

Please continue to stay in communication with our offices and bring any issues to our attention. We continue to be in active daily discussion on this issue and stand ready to do whatever is necessary to support all Midtown residents.


Mayor John Tory and Councillor Josh Matlow

Page Reader Press Enter to Read Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Pause or Restart Reading Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Stop Reading Page Content Out Loud Screen Reader Support