Video | 2021

10th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address

How a Prescription for Supportive Housing Can Reduce Hallway Medicine and Why Every Government and Community Should Care

It is often said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created a new urgency for coordinated actions that address the root causes and systemic impacts of housing and homelessness. What we face as a city and society is clear. No single community, government or institution can tackle these challenges alone. Collaborative, sustained, effective and innovative interventions are needed – including regional coordination, application of best practices, engagement of civil society and intergovernmental investments.

For the tenth annual IMFG City Manager Address, Chris Murray spoke to the urgency of a whole-of-community and whole-of-government approach to tackle the precursors of homelessness before the downstream consequences and costs multiply for all orders of government. Never has the whole been more important to ensuring success in tackling this issue.


Chris Murray was appointed the City Manager of Toronto on June 27, 2018. Prior to this, Chris was the City Manager of Hamilton for almost 10 years. He is by profession a registered city planner; by previous experience a transportation and housing director; by necessity, a relationship builder; and by passion, a public sector employee.


Lori Spadorcia is CAMH’s Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs and Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer. She has led the development and implementation of an ambitious strategic plan to redefine health, placing mental health at the centre of healthcare and including social determinants as key forces in the health and wellbeing of Canadians.

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