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’s adopted its first Reconciliation Action Plan in April 2022, building on the City’s existing commitments to Indigenous Peoples in Toronto. The Reconciliation Action Plan sets out 28 meaningful actions to restore truth and justice, addresses the colonial practices within City policies and programs, and will impact the whole of Toronto’s government
  • City Council adopted recommendations from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Advisory Committee and directed the City Manager to work with the Provincial and Federal governments to establish an intergovernmental table to address the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities
  • City Council has authorized the City to enter into a 20-year sublease agreement with Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society on Spadina Rd.
  • 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