Social Development, Finance and Administration (SDFA) provides leadership on the City’s social inclusion and community safety agenda of building safe, strong neighbourhoods and communities.

Through internal, inter-governmental and community partnerships, SDFA leads integrated service planning and delivery, and responds to other community social needs through social policy research and analysis, to improve individual and neighbourhood outcomes. The Division provides financial and program support and oversight to operating programs to ensure Community and Social Services’ objectives are met. SDFA delivers the following services:

  • Community and Neighbourhood Development
  • Community Partnership Investment Program
  • Financial Management and Program Support
  • Social Policy and Planning
  • Toronto Office of Partnerships
  • Corporate Leadership (DCM)

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Social Development, Finance and Administration for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Social Development, Finance and Administration provides leadership in the City to develop and implement a social inclusion and community safety agenda for the City, fosters safe and strong neighbourhoods and communities, promotes community engagement and advances life skill opportunities for youth.

View the Social Development, Finance and Administration Program Map to better understand the services and activities SDFA delivers on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $74.0 million gross and $48.1 million net.


  • 21.3% Budget increase over 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to maintain existing service levels and meet additional service demands.
  • $0.106M base expenditure reductions and revenue changes through the adjustment of budget to actual experience, base revenue changes with continued draw from the SAS reserve used as a bridging strategy for SPIDER program funding.
  • $14.370M New/enhanced funding to strengthen crisis response within communities and youth violence prevention, initiatives to expand youth development and employment programs and extending Transit Fare Equity to eligible child care fee subsidy recipients.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily attributable to the annualization of Phase 2 of the Transit Fare Equity Program as well as known inflationary adjustment for salaries and benefits and the CPIP Grant program.

Key Challenges

  • Strengthening crisis response and violence prevention.
  • Concentrated and growing disadvantage for vulnerable youth, particularly in social housing communities, including hyper-exposure to violence, elevated mental health concerns and intensified youth unemployment.
  • Meeting community needs and resident expectations about addressing inequities and social cohesion.

Priority Actions

  • $2.6M added to 2019 Budget to fully implement the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy by focusing on initiatives to support alternatives to criminalization and youth development and employment.
  • $1.2M included in 2019 Base Budget to address inequities through the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Action Plan.
  • $2.4M added to 2019 Budget to implement the Transit Fare Equity Program Phase 2 to provide transit discount to childcare subsidy recipients.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Briefing Note 4 – 2019 Operating Budget – Equity Impacts of Changes in the 2019 Operating Budget

Briefing Note 5 – 2019 Operating Budget – Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Implementation Status

Briefing Note 22 – 2019 Capital Budget – Regent Park – Update on Status and Costs of Funding Phases 4 and 5 and Social Development and Community Safety Plans

Briefing Note 23 – 2019 Operating Budget – Implementation of Additional Supportive Youth Spaces, Toronto Public Library and Parks Forestry and Recreation

Briefing Note 24 – 2019 Operating Budget – Immediate Steps to Reduce Gun Violence – Unfunded Actions

Briefing Note 38 – 2019 Capital Budget – Toronto Community Housing Corporation State of Good Repair Spending

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.