Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (TO Prosperity) & Related Equity Initiatives

City Council unanimously approved TO Prosperity, Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, on November 3, 2015.

The Strategy includes 71 actions to improve housing stability, service access, transit equity, food access, and quality jobs and livable incomes.

City Council has approved the following actions:

HOUSING:

In 2009, Council endorsed Housing Opportunities Toronto, committing to build 10,000 new affordable rental housing by 2020 (new targets for 2020-2030 are currently being determined). On February 12, 2018, Council committed to create 1,000 new shelter spaces as soon as possible. On March 26, 2018, City Council committed to build 7,200 new supportive housing units between 2019 and 2022. The total operating budget impact of the above three commitments by 2022 is approximately $170 million.

TRANSIT:

On December 13, 2016, Council committed to implement, by 2020, a Fair Pass program, providing TTC discounts of 33% on single fares and 21% on monthly transit passes for 193,000 people on OW and ODSP, receiving housing or child care subsidies, or earning less than the Low Income Measure plus 15%. The total operating budget impact by 2020 is $43.6 million.

CHILD CARE:

On April 26, 2017, Council approved the City’s Child Care Growth Strategy, which includes the construction of 11,500 new child care spaces between 2019 and 2022 (40-50% of which are to be subsidized). The total operating budget impact by 2022 is $44 million.

RECREATION:

On December 5, 2017, Council approved the Community Recreation Growth Plan, which includes a commitment to create 60,000 new recreation program spaces by 2020, of which 20,000 were approved for 2018.  The total operating budget impact by 2020 is $1.5 million.

EQUITY:

In addition to the Poverty Reduction Strategy, key Equity Initiatives approved by City Council include the Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, the Toronto Strong Neighborhoods Strategy, the Community Grants Policy, the Seniors Strategy, the Newcomers Strategy, the Youth Equity Strategy, the Middle Childhood Strategy, the Housing Opportunities Toronto 2010-2020 Action Plan and the Welcome Policy. In addition, Council has made a commitment to Gender and Equity Budgeting. Council also recently approved an Indigenous Affairs Office and a Toronto Newcomer Office.