These Notes are part of a series of Notes on key City issues to update City Council at the start of its 2018 – 2022 term.
What are the Issues?
Click on the link below each issue to read the full Note.
Strengthening Toronto’s Economy
Toronto’s economy has performed well since the global financial crisis of 2008, however, growth has been uneven across the city contributing to increased inequality and economic disparities. Action by the City to promote the local economy will be mitigated by external factors such as international trade and global markets.
Strengthening Toronto’s Not-for-Profit Sector
The community-based not-for-profit sector in Toronto, which includes community service organizations, social enterprises, or cultural organizations that have open mandates and provide a public good in the broader community, helps advance the social and cultural vitality of our city. Economically, it generates over $14 billion in annual revenues and employs hundreds of thousands of residents.
The City of Toronto has a longstanding relationship with not-for-profit organizations, investing over $1.2 billion annually through service contracts, grants and other funding and relying on partner organizations to deliver hundreds of City-funded and regulated services, including but not limited to social housing, child care, employment and social services, shelter services and cultural programming. The City continues to strengthen its collaborative, interdependent relationship with the not-for-profit sector to achieve shared city-building goals.
Supporting and Strengthening Toronto’s Culture Sector
Toronto’s vibrant cultural scene, which includes the arts, heritage, and entertainment industries, is part of what makes the city a desirable place to live, work and visit. Despite considerable increased investment in the past five years, Toronto trails comparable jurisdictions in investments in arts and culture.
Youth unemployment has been trending upward in Toronto since the early 2000s, remaining above the national average. Rates for vulnerable youth, such as racialized youth, newcomers, and youth with lower education, are often significantly higher.