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Message from the TTC Chair

TTC Chair Jaye Robinson 3/5/21 6:00 PM

TTC’s greatest asset is its people

I would like to thank Rick Leary for the opportunity to communicate with you in this space. I have been looking forward to addressing TTC employees directly as your Chair and as a life-long transit rider.

The Board recognizes that the leadership position the TTC holds in the transit industry is a direct result of the resiliency and commitment of our workforce. As we’ve heard time and time again at our Board meetings, it’s no secret that the TTC’s greatest asset is its people.

March 5 marks Employee Appreciation Day, and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your hard work and dedication. On behalf of the Board, I want to extend my thanks to you, the TTC employees who have kept Toronto moving day-in and day-out through one of the most difficult periods in our history.

I am proud to be a part of an organization that has played such an important role in Toronto’s past and that will continue to shape our city’s future. 2021 marks 100 years of service for the TTC – an amazing milestone, and one that I’m deeply honoured to be a part of. It is my sincere hope that we will soon be able to safely celebrate the TTC’s anniversary together, in person.

The TTC has taken impressive steps to strengthen its commitment to safety, reliability and customer service, through the pandemic and beyond. In the past year alone, the TTC has made significant progress on our state-of-good-repair and capital projects backlog. Through creative and proactive strategic planning, we’ve continued to adapt to changing circumstances and provide demand-responsive service to Torontonians across the city.

In recent years, all levels of government have recognized the importance of public transit and have responded with significant new investment in our transit system. Despite the many challenges facing this organization, the TTC has continued to unrelentingly push forward with far-reaching programs that will leave a lasting legacy in our city and region.

While we still have much farther to go, the TTC continues to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the workplace. It is especially timely to acknowledge the TTC’s efforts to recruit and hire more women in light of International Women’s Day next week. For me, International Women’s Day represents a call to action for gender equity, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that is working to make this vision a reality.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge. As we choose to celebrate women’s achievements, we must continue to challenge the barriers that are holding women back in the workplace. My own professional experience has shown me that the more diversity you have around the table, the better outcomes you can expect to achieve.

As your Chair, and on behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank you again and wish you all continued success. The TTC is going to play a critical role in Toronto’s recovery and I am looking forward to better days ahead.

Jaye Robinson
TTC Chair
March 5, 2021

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