Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020
The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2O2O (TSNS 2O2O) is the City of Toronto’s action plan for ensuring that each of our 14O neighbourhoods can succeed and thrive. TSNS 2020 supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with residents, businesses and agencies to invest in people, services, programs and facilities in 31 specific neighbourhoods. This will strengthen the social, economic and physical conditions and deliver local impact for city-wide change.
About TSNS 2020
The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 will support healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with residents, businesses and agencies to invest in people, services, programs and facilities in specific neighbourhoods. This will strengthen the social, economic and physical conditions and deliver local impact for city-wide change.
Where have we been and where are we at?
In 2005, City Council identified 13 Priority Neighbourhoods as part of the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. In 2011, residents, businesses and agencies from across Toronto helped review the Strategy and suggested ways to improve it. Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 includes their suggestions and will reflect how neighbourhoods are doing now with an updated list of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
Where are we going?
Once a Neighbourhood Improvement Area is identified the City will partner with residents, businesses and agencies to identify what is going well in the neighbourhood and what can be better. The goal is to meet the needs of the neighbourhood with investments of staff time, partnerships, enhanced programs and services, and through targeting funding. We will keep track of what’s happening in the neighbourhoods and report regularly on the progress being made.
The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 staff report is now available online. You can download the strategy using the following links:
Map of the NIAs (Neighbourhood Improvement Areas)
CD 18.4 Activating People, Resources and Policies: Progress on Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020
CDRC Agenda Item CD27.5
Staff Report: Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 – Recommended Neighbourhood Improvement Areas
Appendix A: TSNS 2020 Neighbourhood Equity Index – Methodological Documentation
Appendix B: Neighbourhood Equity Scores for Toronto Neighbourhoods and Recommended Neighbourhood Improvement Areas
Appendix C: Public Consultation Results – Summary and Complete Notes
City Council decided in Spring 2014 which neighbourhoods were chosen as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. To make this decision, Council considered the input we have heard from residents, businesses and agencies during our consultations.
Neighbourhoods were selected based on five keys to a strong neighbourhood:
- Economic OpportunitiesThe Economic Opportunities key is about the economic status that neighbourhood residents can achieve. It includes income levels and quality job opportunities.
- Social DevelopmentThe Social Development key is about the opportunities and connections that help residents reach their full potential. It includes education and literacy, and access to social, recreation and cultural services.
- Participation in Decision MakingThe Participation in Decision Making key is about the opportunities for neighbourhood residents to get involved in making local and city-wide decisions. It includes voting in elections and working with neighbours to make plans and priorities.
- Healthy LivesThe Healthy Lives key is about the physical and mental health of neighbourhood residents. It includes medical care, disabilities and illnesses that residents live with, and the number of years that residents live in good health.
- Physical SurroundingsThe Physical Environment and Infrastructure key is about both the natural and built environment in the neighbourhood, community, or workplace. It includes access to transportation, parks and green spaces, public meeting spaces, and air quality.
Each “key” is accompanied by indicator data on neighbourhood outcomes. These indicators are being developed by the Urban HEART in Toronto team. You can find more information about Urban HEART in Toronto by clicking here.
What is a “Neighbourhood?”
The City uses 140 social planning neighbourhoods for designing programs and services. Each of the City’s social planning neighbourhood has at least 7,000 residents and respects important boundaries such as major roads and rivers. More information about these neighbourhoods.
The City also has an interactive map of these neighbourhoods: Wellbeing Toronto. Wellbeing Toronto includes data on population, safety, housing, education, and many other areas.
When a neighbourhood is identified as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area, the City will work with residents, businesses and agencies to make the changes the neighbourhood needs so that it works well for all its residents. The City will:
- Work with residents to make sure City services and facilities are well integrated and address neighbourhood priorities;
- Support partnerships with residents and community organizations to deliver services; and
- Work with other funders and businesses to bring new investments in services and facilities to the neighbourhood.
A progress report on TSNS 2020 went to the Community Development and Recreation Committee and City Council. (Read the report)
Consultation on the criteria to choose Neighbourhood Improvement Areas with residents, businesses and agencies.
A report on updates to TSNS 2020 and on the choice of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas will go to the Community Development and Recreation Committee and City Council.
What about other neighbourhoods?
The City delivers a wide range of services to all neighbourhoods across Toronto. They are an important part of the network of supports that make Toronto’s neighbourhoods great places to live. They are delivered for residents of all neighbourhoods, not only in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. These services include:
- Over 130 recreation centres with programs for all ages, and hundreds of parks;
- Over 50 directly operated child care centres, and support for many more;
- The 98 branches of the Toronto Public Library;
- Support for local businesses that want to grow and residents who want to build their career;
- Cultural events, community arts, and museums;
- Nutrition programs, dental care, and emergency medical services to keep residents healthy; and
- Many more. You can find information about all City programs and services on the City’s website.
The Strategy is not new. It was first adopted in 2005 when City Council identified 13 “Priority Neighbourhoods.” The new components to the updated Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 include:
- A name change from “Priority Neighbourhoods” to Neighbourhood Improvement Areas to reflect a new focus in the program;
- New criteria for choosing Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. The criteria are based on a research project called Urban HEART, which is a collaboration that includes the City of Toronto, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, and United Way Toronto, among others;
- Consultations with residents, businesses and agencies on the values and priorities that will inform the selection of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas;
- A Neighbourhood Lens that will focus policy-makers, program planners and decision-makers on the characteristics and needs of diverse neighbourhoods; and
- A monitoring, evaluation, and learning strategy to track progress, improve program delivery and provide accountability.