The Wellesley Institute’s Rick Blickstead, Sheila Block and Michael Shapcott will join community and business leaders and politicians from across the Greater Toronto Area for the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance Summit on Thursday and Friday. The Wellesley Institute is committed to working towards a healthy and equitable GTA, and we have a special interest and expertise in several of the key themes of the summit, including strengthening the regional economy, planning for a new world of work, income security and affordable housing. The Toronto Regional Housing Data Bank is a new initiative designed to outline the key indicators of housing insecurity in communities throughout the region. Developing a deeper understanding of the housing issues facing the GTA is important, and so too is creating robust and realistic policy responses. Many advocates are calling for a region-wide housing strategy, yet there is – at the moment – no region-wide governmental or community entity that can take on this critical issue. CivicAction delegates, including the three representatives of the Wellesley Institute, will tackle critical issues and work to identify necessary actions during the two-day summit.