The City of Toronto is committed to equity and reconciliation. The City’s vision statement on Access, Equity and Diversity recognizes the diverse communities and groups that make up Toronto’s population and affirms the City’s commitment to reducing barriers and creating an environment of equity.

The City has also made a commitment to reconciliation and has one of the first municipal Indigenous Affairs Offices (IAO) in Canada. The IAO is focused on supporting City divisions in their work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and all urban Indigenous communities.

Key Resources and Strategies

Equity & Reconciliation Recovery Actions

The City strives to apply an equity lens to its activities to identify and remove barriers and to support best practices in planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of its programs and services.

Equity & Reconciliation Recovery Initiatives by Theme

  • City moves forward on program to create Cultural Districts to support the cultural identity and cultural heritage of local communities
  • City’s Rapid Housing Initiative supports development of 5,200 affordable rental homes for Indigenous community in partnership with Indigenous organizations
  • Planning and Housing Committee recommends review of public engagement to improve equity in planning processes
  • City allocates additional $2 million to build Nathan Phillips Square Spirit Garden to honour residential school survivors and the children lost to their families and communities
  • An overview of the City’s process to update the Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines to reflect changes to the Ontario Building Code and AODA standards, best practices and feedback from stakeholders
  • The RapidTO initiative will increase bus capacity and reliability on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city, improving access to employment, healthcare and community services

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updated on City Building & Mobility

  • Council supports Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Excellence to provide entrepreneurial resources by and for the Indigenous community
  • City staff delivered a presentation to the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee about accessibility in the City’s Digital Infrastructure Plan
  • The Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Plan report responds to the need for immediate and comprehensive action to address the problem of food insecurity experienced by many Black Torontonians
  • The Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group’s report, Building Back Stronger, adopted by Council in December 2020, included anti-racism and inclusion as a priority action area
  • The City Manager’s Recovery update report to City Council in March 2021 reported that investments totaling $1.2 million had been made towards Toronto’s Black arts and culture community and business sector to address the systemic economic, social and cultural exclusion facing Black communities in Toronto
  • The same report also highlighted the City’s advocacy for paid sick leave, lack of access to which disproportionally affects low-paid essential workers
  • City Council authorized the receipt of up to $4,000,000 in funds from Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre for use towards the Nathan Phillips Square Indian Residential School Survivors Restoration of Identity Project

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updates on Business & Economic Recovery.

  • The City has issued a Request for Proposals for Indigenous housing providers to operate and provide affordable homes with supports for Indigenous Peoples. The City has partnered with Miziwe Biik Development Corporation to evaluate proposals and to advocate other orders of government for dedicated capital and operating funding
  • Toronto City Council approved the implementation of the Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Plan aimed to improve health outcomes of Black populations throughout Toronto and improve access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food
  • The City announced it will advance the development of 5,200 affordable rental homes for the Indigenous community, in partnership with the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation
  • A report to City Council with an overview of SDFA’s work to advance reconciliation and equity through the use of Community Investment funding was provided in April 2021
  • In Fall 2020, the City of Toronto entered into a partnership with the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council to develop the Tkaronto Prosperity Plan to address the needs of Indigenous residents living in poverty
  • City Council asked staff to report to the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on an intersectional approach to support equity-seeking groups, including persons with disabilities experience homelessness, to access housing with appropriate supports, and that report  was provided in June 2021

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updates on People, Housing & Neighbourhoods.

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updates on Climate Action & Resilience.

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updates on A Well-Run City & City Finance.

The Board of Health also received the following presentations:

Read more about the Board of Health’s decisions based on these presentations.

 

 

Read more about COVID-19 Recovery-related updates on Public Health & Safe Reopening.