Social Planning

Benefits for All Ontarians

Feb 13 2017

2017 Pre-budget submission to the Ontario Ministry of Finance: "It is not necessary to undertake a complicated pilot project to prove people are better off with more income. This has already been proven time and again. We urge you to consider the ethics of this plan and to not delay increasing basic assistance to people who face real desperation. Increase or augment social assistance rates to at least 80% of the Low Income Measure and increase Discretionary Benefits to at $15 per person... It is important that the provincial budget reflect what is important for people in a coherent, integrated and understandable way. A piecemeal approach that offers small gains for various groups will not reflect a rational perspective of what is necessary and appropriate for the investment of shared tax dollars to benefit Ontarians individually and collectively." 

Invest in Social Development

Oct 14 2016

System Analysis of Poverty Social Development Centre (SDC WR) has again applied to the City of Kitchener for core funding. This is an important and appropriate investment so SDC WR can maintain its course  addressing social issues that affect the quality of life in Kitchener.  Especially for those community members who are not part of mainstream decision-making.

At SDC WR people matter, regardless of how vocal, tech savvy, or confident they are to participate in the public sphere. ...

Bill 201 and Issue-based Advocacy

Jul 27 2016

The purpose behind the revisions of the Elections Finances Act are the principles of fairness, providing an even playing field, democratic process, transparency and openness. We truly support these principles and want these front and centre in elections and everything related to political life. However, due to the lack of clarity regarding what 'political advertising' includes, the proposed changes are problematic for a community organization such as ours that devotes time to educating and advocating on various social issues. The definition blurs an important line between political partisan activity and issue focused activity. With this definition, at any point in time in the six months prior to an election call and during the election period, community organizations may not be able to address issues or participate in public dialogue on social issues for fear these might become identified with a party or candidate. Read the full submission to the Standing Committee on General Government Regarding Bill 201.

Social: The Last Straw

Jul 22 2016

The Last Straw Board GameHave you ever played the Last Straw board game? Apparently it is a good conversation starter about social conditions that impact our health and chances to lead a decent life. People say it is difficult staying alive in this game. Toronto Public Health published a report "Unequal City" that tracks trends of 34 health indicators in different income groups. A good read before we meet for a game of The Last Straw on August 10th at 3 pm at 74 Frederick Street!

Annual General Meeting June 28

Jun 23 2016

Welcome Celebration 2016We are expecting you on Tuesday June 28th, 2016 at the Hearth Rm, 74 Frederick St. Kitchener. The Annual General Meeting starts at 6pm and at 7pm we will open up a community forum: Progress and Next Stage Action. We have worked together with many partners and allies on the priorities we identified in 2014: Community Social Planning; Strong Neighbourhoods; Poverty; Inclusion; Diversity; Access to Information, Digital Inclusion, Environment. They are evolving year after year and we want to hear from you not only about how the context we live in changes, but how our action needs to transform too.

Host a Kitchen Table Talk this Summer

Jun 30 2015

Kitchen Table Talks 2015We are inviting people to host, record and facilitate kitchen table talks this July and August in Kitchener-Waterloo. We continue exploration of the ways in which we can support decent living for everyone right there where we live and work. Kitchen Table Talks are small groups of friends, family, peers and neighbours, brought together in a familiar location and taking part in an exciting conversation. For information about the kitchen table talks and how you can get involved contact Trudy Beaulne at spckw@waterlooregion.org. Take a look at the Kitchen Table Talk Flyer and Hosts' Kit!

48th Annual General Meeting

Jun 8 2015

Join us to hear compelling stories of community action on June 22, 2015 during the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo. Continue the Decent Lives discussion to weave what is being done in the community into a deeper understanding of why community action and planning is important to our local landscape.

Stories will be shared by the Good Hearted Women Singers, an Indigenous and non-Indigenous women's drum circle, Crossing Borders, a youth group of refugees and Canadians who want to raise awareness and encourage social justice, Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo action group for poverty elimination, and Disabilities and Human Rights Group, a group for those who care about making our community more accessible to everyone

Consultation: Labour Law Changes

Jun 5 2015

Ontario has launched public consultations on the Labour Laws Reform: The Changing Workplace Review. Input from communities and groups will be collected until September 18th. The list of public input sessions will be updated at the Ministry of Labour website

The consultation will consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be updated to best protect workers while supporting businesses in the changing economy.

Join the ongoing conversation in your community or start conversations with people around you! 

Registration Open for the Community Engagement, Leadership and Development Certificate Program

Mar 27 2014

The Community Engagement certificate program is geared towards practitioners in the public and non-profit sector from a variety of fields and disciplines. Courses in this program have been developed through community-based social planning practice across Ontario. Leadership for developing and delivering the curriculum is provided by Peter Clutterbuck, a long standing contributor to the Social Planning Network of Ontario.Chang School

As a member of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is working with the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University to provide local field support for the online Certificate Program.