COVID-19 has had more significant impacts on some Torontonians, including racialized residents, women, seniors, young people, Indigenous communities, residents with disabilities and low-income residents. The City of Toronto is taking action to support equity-deserving communities under its guiding framework, TO Supports: COVID-19 Equity Action Plan. These supports include:

This work is constantly evolving and improving in light of new information, new partnerships, and new public health conditions.

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  • 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
  • The Province announced $46 million through the Community Building Fund to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19 (October 2021)
  • City Council expressed it’s support to help in the resettlement of Afghan refugees, directed funding to the City’s refugee resettlement plan and directed staff to engage with both Provincial and Federal colleagues on supports that will be needed and how to best mitigate the challenges created by COVID-19
  • The Government of Canada’s 2021 budget proposes a number of investments to support COVID-19 recovery including $30 billion for child care, $3 billion for long-term care, and investments in social development. The City looks forward to collaborating with the federal government on these areas of municipal service delivery
  • The City announced its first supportive housing development as part of the City of Toronto’s innovative partnership with University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The proposed, new four-storey modular building will house approximately 51 individuals exiting or at risk of homelessness, with a focus on seniors, women, Indigenous Peoples and racialized persons
  • The City and partners announced a Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, a multi-faceted plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics
  • At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the City of Toronto established the Community Coordination Plan, in collaboration with United Way of Greater Toronto. The Plan involves coordination with over 400 community-based organizations to implement supportive social services; these supports have continued through out the pandemic