Achievements and Updates
In 2016, the City of Toronto made new investments in poverty reduction initiatives, maintained investments made in the previous year, approved key policies, and expanded and improved essential services to vulnerable residents. Here are some examples of progress in this year:
- The City invested in student nutrition programs, employment programs, shelters, child care fee subsidies, and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, among others.
- The City maintained 2015 investments, including the expansion of Recreation Centres Where Programs Are Free, the expansion of Library services, and free TTC for children 12 years of age and under.
- City Council approved the Social Procurement Program, which will increase access to City contracts for businesses that are owned by, employ, or provide employment training to equity-seeking communities and low-income residents.
- City divisions introduced innovative approaches to program development and delivery, including wrap-around supports and differentiated services aimed at improving outcomes for Ontario Works recipients facing barriers to employment.