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About the Prosperity Platform Campaign

In 2015, City Council unanimously adopted TO Prosperity, a Poverty Reduction Strategy for our city, but they have consistently not funded this plan.

The strategy includes a commitment to ensuring everyone has access to good jobs, adequate incomes, stable housing, affordable transportation, nutritious food, and supportive services by 2035.

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We’re losing ground

We live in a city where more and more residents are feeling the pinch, finding it difficult to pay the bills and access services.

Toronto is still a city where 1 in 4 children live in poverty – this number jumps to 84 per cent for Indigenous children.

For the first time ever, Toronto’s social housing waitlist jumped to over 100,000 households.

Over 189,000 children are waitlisted for sports and recreation programs, and 20,000 children are waiting for subsidized child care spaces.

Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, vulnerable seniors, women and newcomers face the highest levels of poverty and greatest barriers to success.

We can and must do better.

Toronto residents and nonprofits have consistently pushed Council to fund its own prosperity plan. Despite our collective efforts, the plan has not been funded, with many commitments not even making it into the budget process.

Together, we can do better.

Deepening inequality and worsening poverty affects us all. We all stand to benefit from better services, good jobs, and stronger communities. We need our next City Council to take action in the 2018-2022 term. This election, you have the power to ask questions, demand better, and make change.

We’re asking all the candidates to support full funding of the TOProsperity, Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy. Click here to find out what means.


FAQ

WHAT IS THE PROSPERITY PLATFORM?

A campaign to get candidates in the October 22, 2018 Toronto election to commit to implement Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (TO Prosperity)

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Toronto has the highest level of poverty and inequality among Canadian cities. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and families can’t access good jobs, adequate incomes, or affordable housing, transit and child care. More and more people are finding it harder to make ends meet.

WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE?

If candidates commit to – and follow through on – implementing TO Prosperity over the next Council term, hundreds of thousands of children, youth and adults will have better access to good jobs, decent housing, and more affordable transit, child care, and recreation programs.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Your vote can make the Prosperity Platform a reality.

Find out which candidates have signed the #ProsperityPlatform pledge. Contact candidates who haven’t signed and urge them to! Tell them, “I am voting for better jobs, transit, housing, child care and services!”

Sign on to the campaign and help us spread the word.

Read and share our factsheets on child care, housing, jobs, poverty, and transit.