The Cabbagetown Coalition was formed as a result of the City’s decision to locate a shelter at 233 Carton Street. This project was approved in secret and unilaterally, without deliberative community consultation.


The Coalition has representatives from all of Cabbagetown’s residents’ associations and some local businesses.


Although we did not prevail at Committee of Adjustment on Feb. 26th, we are not deterred. We appreciate every one of the 87 letters of objection submitted and the six speakers for standing up. Cabbagetowners are committed to doing our fair share to relieve the stress on the poor and vulnerable, as we have done for decades, but we cannot be the only ward in our city to carry the burden of the shelter system.


We understand the need for these services, and support many already in our neighbourhood. It is our intention, however, to prevent any shelter services at 233 Carlton from opening. The last day for submitting an appeal of the Committee’s decision is March 17, 2020.


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Our Goals


The Cabbagetown Coalition is a grassroots group of Cabbagetown residents, businesses, and resident’s associations. It was formed to address community concerns that the safety and security of the Cabbagetown residents and businesses would be negatively impacted by the siting of a municipal shelter / drop-in centre at 233 Carlton Street.

These concerns are well founded on lived experiences in our local neighbourhoods, notably relating to a similar centre at Sherbourne and Dundas. Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in the neighbourhood where they live and/or work.


Our work is also focussed on ensuring transparency, public consultation and accountability of the City’s Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) when they plan to site shelter facilities in our communities. The public has a right to know before the City makes decisions that will affect their neighbourhood.


The Coalition’s goal is to prevent the City from locating these services at 233 Carlton Street.


Our Vision


To nurture and maintain a safe, secure, civil, and peaceful neighbourhood for residents, school children, seniors, the socially vulnerable, and local businesses, through the development of a balanced mix of residential housing, social services, schools, and commercial business. To engage early, openly and honestly with our elected officials and other public servants to help build a safe, vital, vibrant, inclusive, and tolerant community for all.

We are safer, stronger, together.