Brampton, ON (July 7, 2011) – Regional Chair Emil Kolb today officially launched Peel Asks Why, the Region of Peel's interactive 2011 provincial election and community engagement campaign. Over the course of the next few months, Regional Council is encouraging all residents to ask their local candidates one important question – "why?"
"For many years Peel residents have had to wait longer than other Ontarians for important community health and social services," says Chair Kolb. “The gap is prominent and growing. Residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga can make this a priority in the 2011 provincial election simply by asking our candidates why we wait and how they plan to help."
Due to Peel's rapidly growing population, demands on key services such as child care, affordable housing, addiction services and mental health have simply out-paced the resources available to meet the need. As a result, residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga wait months or even years for access to important support services. Some examples of this include:
- The average family moving into social housing in Peel today has typically waited over 12 years for that placement;
- Peel has approximately nine children living in low income for every available subsidized child care spot – the worst ratio in Canada.
- Right now, approximately 3,600 children in Peel are waiting for a subsidized child care spot.
"Community involvement is imperative to engaging our future provincial government in conversations about ways to seriously address long waiting lists in Peel," says Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region's Intergovernmental Relations Advisory Committee. "Together, we can all play a role in educating our local MPPs on the issues that really matter and Peel Asks Why enables everyone to join in the conversation."
PeelAsksWhy.ca is an interactive online campaign for Peel families, businesses and community organizations to learn more about how the lack of access to social and health services impact them. To join the conversation, visit PeelAsksWhy.ca, join us on Twitter at @PeelAsksWhy or on our Facebook page.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves approximately 1.3 million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.