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. A major milestone was achieved on April 6, 2022, when Toronto City Council adopted the City’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. The Reconciliation Action Plan builds upon the City’s existing commitments to Indigenous Peoples to advance truth, justice and reconciliation through 28 meaningful actions. It was developed over three years with input from First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members, organizations, Elders, Knowledge Carriers, youth, and Indigenous employees and allies in the Toronto Public Service. A key priority for the City will be addressing barriers and colonial practices embedded in its policies, processes and practices in order to better serve Indigenous residents in Toronto. The implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan will help strengthen the Toronto Public Service and contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Toronto through placemaking and placekeeping, supporting economic development and prosperity, increasing civic engagement, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and recognizing rights to self-determination and self-governance.
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 Building & Mobility
- 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
Business & Economic Recovery
- City examines measures to support 2SLGBTQ small businesses and cultural spaces
- Council supports Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Excellence to provide entrepreneurial resources by and for the Indigenous community
- Toronto City Council has approved the development of a Cultural Districts Program, which is designed to support community cohesion in culturally-distinct neighbourhoods, as well as protect their resources and businesses, particularly those in Indigenous and racialized communities
- 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.
People, Housing & Neighbourhoods
Climate Action & Resilience
A Well-Run City & City Finances
Public Health & Safe Reopening