Just Futures Kingston

Welcome! This group formed initially as Just Recovery Kingston during COVID to “build back better” at the local level – a recovery that puts people and the environment first. We changed our name to Just Futures Kingston in May 2024 to better reflect our aspirations and the current moment.

Check out our Get Involved page for current projects and events.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at just.futures.kingston (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also find us on facebook or Instagram.

You can download our Tenant Experiences Survey Summary Report, or the Just Futures Kingston Municipal Policy toolkit. It outlines the policies we think can help make Kingston a city where we take care of the land, air, water, and each other. If you want to be part of this, email:

just.futures.kingston@gmail.com

About us

Just Futures Kingston Principles

Fight for liberation, equity, and dignity for all

Climate action: shift to regenerative, sustainable systems (infrastructure, energy, water, food, community gardens, forests, habitats)

Decommodify the necessities of life: access to basic income, food security, affordable housing, transportation, utilities, physical and mental health care for everyone

Decolonize: ally with Indigenous peoples to realize Indigenous-led visions for decolonization

Democratize: deepen local democracy with those affected by policies having a meaningful say in those policies; engage those not usually involved by going to where they are in the community

Defund the Police: reallocate resources to mental health, housing, and the social determinants of health

Build global solidarity: work with movements struggling for equity across communities and borders

Terms of Engagement

The following are a set of rules and principles that we agree to abide by while pursuing the work of advocating for a more progressive and inclusive City. These terms of engagement exist to ensure that we treat each other with respect and dignity. Breaching these principles could result in a warning or being asked to leave a meeting. Persistent abuse of these principles may lead to expulsion from the coalition. The organizing team will work alongside coalition members to ensure that the terms of engagement are being respected and enforced.

  1. Be conscious of the space you occupy and ensure that you leave space for the contributions of others when engaging.
  2. This broad coalition’s primary purpose is to organize a diversity of progressive voices to address the City of Kingston’s budget process and priorities. This is not a platform to advance a specific political ideology or debate party politics.
  3. Do not discount the contributions and/or experiences of other members of the coalition and be respectful when engaging in open dialogue around complicated issues where there may be multiple perspectives.
  4. Understand your positionality when you engage with coalition members and how that affects your outlook on issues and priorities.
  5. We will, and should, vigorously discuss, debate and differ among ourselves, but we will be respectful, generous, and unified in the broader community. Our credibility in the broader community depends on us presenting a unified message once we have debated and decided upon a position as a coalition. This projection of unity will strengthen our message and ability to advocate effectively for systems-change.
  6. The coalition will employ a consensus-based decision-making approach. That means that once various ideas and positions have been discussed and debated, we will work to adopt a position that all constituents can support rather than moving forward with a simple majority.
  7. Be empathetic to the needs and accommodations that may be required by members of the coalition (Ex. Technological barriers, childcare needs, etc.)

Ongoing Projects

Housing – Increasing Affordability of Housing

Long term goal: All residents in Kingston have affordable and habitable housing with security of tenure.
Current goal:
 Researching and advocating for municipal policy change including exploring community land trusts, a renovictions bylaw and maximum heat bylaw.


Current Volunteer asks:

  • canvassing and tenant education
  • research on what other cities are doing
  • engaging local councillors

Transit – Expanding fare-free transit in Kingston

Long term goal: Fare-free, green, excellent transit for all in Kingston.
Current goal:
 Surveying Kingston resident transit usage patterns, obstacles to transit usage + expanding access to public transport in Kingston.
Current Volunteer asks:

  • Volunteers to reach out to networks to share the transit survey.
  • Volunteers for organizational support.

Gardens – Expanding access to community gardens on city land

Long term goal: A city that values and publicizes how community gardens and edible food forests on city-owned land contribute to climate action leadership, local food security/sovereignty, and justice for equity-seeking groups.
Current goal:
 A city where every resident, regardless of background or ability, has access to the space, support and education to be able to produce their own food.
Current Volunteer asks:

  • Volunteers to reach out to networks to share letter templates as part of campaign; reach out to councillors and lobby for increased recognition for the importance of community gardens.
  • Volunteers to map out local neighbourhood spaces suitable for urban agriculture to create an urban agriculture mindset in Kingston.
  • Volunteers to build gardening knowledge, education and mentorship about growing food in urban areas to increase inclusivity in gardening.

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