It was a full house as mayoral candidate Olivia Chow opened her campaign office and unveiled the first part of her plan to "put kids and families at the heart of our city," Sunday.
The office, located just south of Yonge and St. Clair, was packed as Chow supporters listened on as she outlined her plan to create more after-school programs for the city's kids.
"I will create better after-school programs so that our children can grow up strong and smart and stay out of trouble," she told the crowd.
What she's pledging is the expansion of the current after-school recreation and care program (ARC), to add these programs to 40 new neighbourhoods. That would bring the total number of neighbourhoods offering the program to 81.
Her plan is to phase the expansion in over three years and create spaces for 1,200 more kids once it's fully in place.
“Only one in five children have access to after school activities and that’s not good enough,” she said.
She also suggested it would help with youth unemployment in the city, by creating 200 jobs for young people.
"We'll hire these young people so that they teach children from 6 to 12 a skill - be it basketball, swimming, art activities, music."
As for funding, the program will cost taxpayers $1-million in year one, $2-million in year two and $3.2-million in the third year and going forward.
Chow's campaign says the money will come from property taxes that rise with the rate of inflation.