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2017 Hastings Lecture--Housing & Health: Unlocking Opportunity, Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
April 24, 2017

6:00-8:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

"It is homes we must give our people, not merely shelter."
--Dr. Charles Hasting, Toronto Medical Officer of Health (1910-1929)

In 1911, Dr. Charles Hastings released a seminal report on the 'slum conditions' in Toronto. His commitment and leadership resulted in widespread housing reforms.

Today, Toronto has one of the most expensive housing markets in Canada. Unaffordable housing, poor quality housing and housing instability are associated with poor physical and mental health outcomes.

This year's Hastings Lecture will focus housing as a social determinant of health and advancing health equity through housing policy.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Raphael Bostic is a Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He served for 3 years in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Bostic has implemented a Health in All Policies approach in American housing policy.

Panelists: Housing from a Local Perspective

  • Dr. Stephen Gaetz is a Professor at York University and the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. He is a leading international researcher and author in homelessness.
  • Jay Pitter is a Placemaker and a senior stakeholder engagement professional. She is the Co-Editor of Subdivided – an anthology exploring inclusive city-building.

For more information or to register, please visit

Toronto Public Health supports the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Please email accommodation requests to by April 7th, 2017.