The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (TSNS) 2020 is the City of Toronto’s action plan for ensuring that each of our 140 neighbourhoods can succeed and thrive. TSNS 2020 supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with residents, community agencies and businesses to invest in people, services, programs and facilities in 31 identified Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). The strategy will strengthen the social, economic and physical conditions and deliver local impact for city-wide change.

TSNS 2020 Mission

To achieve equitable opportunities across all Toronto neighbourhoods by:

  • Activating people
  • Activating resources
  • Activating neighbourhood friendly policies

TSNS 2020 Vision

No matter what neighbourhood Torontonians call home, there are equitable opportunities for well-being.

TSNS 2020 Action Plans

The following action plans outline the structure of TSNS 2020, and highlight the work that is happening in the 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs), as well as the actions developed by residents, community agencies and City Divisions at 15 Neighbourhood Planning Tables:

Defining a Neighbourhood

The City has 140 social planning neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood has at least 7,000 residents and respects important boundaries such as major roads and rivers. Find more information about these neighbourhoods.
Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (HEART) Domains

When NIAs were being identified for TSNS 2020, the City considered five different domains of neighbourhood well-being. These indicators were developed by the Urban HEART@Toronto team. Find more information about Urban HEART@Toronto. The five domains are:

  1. Economic Opportunities: The Economic Opportunities theme is about the economic status that neighbourhood residents can achieve; it includes income levels and quality job opportunities.
  2. Social Development: The Social Development theme is about the opportunities and connections that help residents reach their full potential; it includes education, literacy, and access to social, recreation, and cultural services.
  3. Participation in Decision Making: The Participation in Decision Making theme 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.
  4. Healthy Lives: The Healthy Lives theme 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.
  5. Physical Surroundings: The Physical Environment theme is about 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.

The City also offers an interactive map of these neighbourhoods through Wellbeing Toronto. Wellbeing Toronto includes data on populations, safety, housing, education, and many other areas.

TSNS 2020: Then & Now

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 (TSNS) 2020 includes their suggestions and reflects how neighbourhoods are doing now, with an updated list of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

In 2019, staff will partner with residents, agencies and businesses to begin the TSNS 2020 evaluation process. Neighbourhood Action Plan updates will be available in March 2019.

TSNS 2020 Staff Report & Resources

The City is working with residents, community agencies and businesses in 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) to make changes that strengthen the neighbourhood. There are 15 Neighbourhood Planning Tables representing the 31 NIAs. Neighbourhood Action Plans are developed for each Neighbourhood Planning Table to track the investments in the Neighbourhood.

Each NIA is assigned a Community Development Officer (CDO) who will:

  • Work collaboratively with residents, service providers and other City Staff to make sure City services and facilities address neighbourhood priorities
  • Support partnerships with residents and community agencies to deliver services
  • Work with funders and businesses to bring new investments in services and facilities to the neighbourhood

 

Learn more about each Neighbourhood Planning Table.

 

For more information, contact the Community Development Officer in your Neighbourhood.

As a part of Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy (TSNS) 2020, the Resident Advisory Committee is made up of one resident volunteer and one resident alternate from each of the City’s 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods (ENs). The Committee’s work is guided by the TSNS 2020 vision and mission, with a primary focus on activating people, resources, and neighbourhood friendly policies.

 

Learn more about the TSNS 2020 Resident Advisory Committee.

The Neighbourhood Grants program offers grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them animate their neighbourhoods with events or activities. A maximum of $5,000 will be available for each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods).

Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy (TSNS) 2020 Community Development Officers work with their Neighbourhood Planning Tables to support resident-led groups through the application process. Contact your TSNS 2020 Community Development Officer for more information.

 

Your group members must live in one of the following 39 neighbourhoods. Your event/activity must be held in one of the 39 neighbourhoods.

Find your neighbourhood!

 

Learn more about the Neighbourhood Grants program and the application process.

The application process for the 2019 Local Champions project is now open. Deadline for applications is February 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. View the application.

 

The Local Champions program helps to build the capacity of resident leaders to create local impact for city-wide change.

The Local Champions Program offers:

  • Bridging opportunities into college programs
  • Designation and City wide recognition as a “Local Champion”
  • Membership in a wide network of change makers
  • City of Toronto Certificate of Participation

You are eligible to become a Local Champion if you:

  • Attended a leadership course in the past
  • Have at least a year of community building experience
  • Wish to understand and influence municipal decision-making
  • Want to be part of a strong neighbourhood movement
  • Live in one of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or Emerging Neighbourhoods

Chosen by local community-based partners, The Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund (POL) offered $50,000 to $350,000 to support community infrastructure projects that improved city owned or leased spaces within Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs).  POL investment funds were given for small capital projects, such as new or updated sports pads, parks, activity rooms and/or gardens. The application process was led by resident groups from NIAs and supported by Neighbourhood Planning Tables, as well as City Agencies and Divisions.

 

The impact of POL projects has been felt through communities in the following ways:

  • Residents were supported to participate in the improvement of their neighbourhood’s physical surroundings
  • Project applications were collaboratively developed by local residents, City Agencies or divisions, service providers and City Councillors
  • Projects added to the quality of life of residents
  • The improvements to community spaces are long lasting

 

Year Project Name

(Address & NIA)

Operating Agency/Division Project Description & $ Invested Status
POL Funded Projects, 2015-Present
2015 Mornelle Court Hub

  • 90 Mornelle Court
    Mornelle Court (Morningside)
Toronto Community Housing
  • Renovations to space at 90 Mornelle Court to develop a community hub and computer lab
  • $380,000
Completed
2016 1021 Birchmount Hub

  • 1021 Birchmount Road
    Birchmount Eglinton East (Ionview)
Toronto Community Housing
  • Develop a youth space at 1021 Birchmount
  • Basketball Court Revitalization: replace basketball court that was previously removed
  • $450,000
Completed
2016 Gilder Drive Recreational Rejuvenation

  • 31 Gilder Drive
    Eglinton East
Toronto Community Housing
  • Repair community garden
  • Complete playground equipment upgrades
  • New basketball court
  • $450,000
Completed
2016 2585 Jane Street Basketball Refurbishment

  • 2585 Jane Street
    Downsview-Roding-CFB
Toronto Community Housing
  • Refurbish the recreation area with a half basketball court, field and a seating area with benches/picnic tables
  • $50,000
Completed
2016 Allied Neighbourhoods Community Kitchen

  • 2467 Eglinton Avenue East
    Kennedy Park
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Update kitchen at Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre into an accessible, industrial kitchen
  • $365,000
Completed
2016 Youth Friendly Space

  • 23 Grandravine Drive
    York University Heights
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Develop youth space at Grandravine Community Centre with 10 computers with applicable software, couches, TVs, video game consoles, audio system, and projectors
  • $80,000
Completed
2016 Elm Park Splash Pad

  • Elm Park/Gosford Avenue
    Black Creek
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build a new splash pad in Elm Park
  • $50,000
Completed
2016 Driftwood Outdoor Basketball Pad Revitalization

  • 4401 Jane Street
    Black Creek
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Revitalize the outdoor basketball pad located at the Driftwood Community Centre
  • $150,000
Completed
2016 Community Revitalization Ionview Park

  • 90 Ionview Road
    Birchmount Eglinton East (Ionview)
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build a new playground for Ionview Park
  • $221,862
Completed
2016 Spenvalley Park Splash Pad

  • 130 Spenvalley Park
    Glenfield Jane-Heights
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build a splash pad in Spenvalley Park
  • $450,000
Completed
2016 Dawes Road Hub

  • 416 Dawes Road
    Taylor Massey
Toronto Public Library
  • Design and development of hub space on the second floor of the Dawes Road Library
  • $1,200,000
Planned
2017 Kingston Galloway Partnership Opportunities

  • 4301 Kingston Road
    Kingston Road Orton Park (West Hill)
Toronto Community Housing
  • Update indoor and outdoor recreation spaces
  • $400,000 (anticipated for 2019)
In Progress
2017 Lawrence Galloway Community Project

  • 4100/4110 Lawrence Avenue East
    Kingston Road Orton Park (West Hill)
Toronto Community Housing
  • Update outdoor spaces with play areas
  • $250,000 (anticipated for 2019)
In Progress
2017 Lawrence Orton Splash Pad and Outdoor Area Revitalization

  • 3945 Lawrence Avenue East
    Woburn
Toronto Community Housing
  • Update outdoor spaces with play areas
  • $184,000 (anticipated for 2019)
In Progress
2017 Rec Room Rejuvenation/ Markham and Eglinton

  • 3171 and 3181 Eglinton Avenue East
    Scarborough Village
Toronto Community Housing
  • Renovate community rooms at 3171 and 3181 Eglinton Avenue East
  • $170,000
Completed
2017 415 Resident Space Accessibility Redesign

  • 415 Driftwood Avenue 1st Floor, South Space
    Black Creek
Toronto Community Housing
  • Renovate the resident space on the main floor of 415 Driftwood Avenue including: Kitchen installation, upgrade washrooms, flooring and entrance
  • $126,000
Completed
2017 Gordonridge Community Grow

  • 10, 20, 30, and 40,  Gordonridge Place
    Kennedy Park
Toronto Community Housing
  • Kitchen retro-fit in community room
  • $105,110
Completed
2017 The Roding Park Refresh Project

  • 600 Roding park
    Downsview-Roding-CFB
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build stage, new playground, adult exercise area and butterfly and pollinator gardens
  • $600,000
Completed
2017 Revitalization of Friends of Angela James Arena Project

  • 165 Grenoble Drive
    Flemingdon Park
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build heated viewing area with rubber flooring extending around the Angela James Arena apron
  • $520,000
Completed
2017 Gaffney Park Improvements

  • 73 Terry Drive
    Rockcliffe Smythe
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Installation of Senior Playground, Junior Playground, Armour Stone Seating Wall, Chess Tables, Exercise Equipment, LED Pole Lighting, Heritage Plaque and New Benches
  • $438,000
Completed
2017 1652 Keele Alliance Welcoming Initiative

  • 1652 Keele Street
    Keelesdale Eglinton
Facilities
  • Upgrade of first floor including: Lobby area, upgrades to hallways and floors and new multipurpose room with audio and video equipment
  • $884,791
In Progress
2018 Islington St. Andrews Common Area Revitalization

  • 2063, 2067 Islington Avenue
    Kingsview Village
Toronto Community Housing
  • Upgrade to community kitchen and common room
  • $200,000
In Progress
2018 Agnes Macphail Community Kitchens Upgrade Project

  • 444 Lumsden Avenue
    Taylor Massey
Toronto Community Housing
  • Upgrade of two community kitchens
  • $100,000
In Progress
2018 Bring on the Shade at Oakdale Park

  • 350 Grandravine Drive
    Glenfield Jane-Heights
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build a shade structure with picnic tables, lighting, and an extended concrete pad
  • $240,000
In Progress
2018 Fairhaven Renewal

  • 100 Golfwood Heights
    Kingsview Village the Westway
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Upgrades to park area including new seating options, lighting along pathways and play/social gathering area, the replacement of dilapidated spray features for the wading area
  • $240,000
In Progress
2018 Fountainhead Park Enhancements

  • 445 Sentinel Road
    York University Heights
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Park enhancements including additional gathering space area with shade shelters, games tables, picnic tables, water bottle filling station, Tree planting, walkways, benches and play areas
  • $290,000
In Progress
2018 Henrietta Park Activation Project

  • 1A Henrietta Street
    Rockcliffe Smythe
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Build new playground, new lighting standards, Soccer pitch, butterfly garden, new trees planted to the east of the playground, and two new benches, with Stone amphitheatre with seating (community movies)
  • $360,000
In Progress
2018 Thorncliffe Park Hub

  • 45 Overlea Boulevard
    Thorncliffe Park
Social Development Finance Administration & The Neighbourhood Office
  • Hub space development at the East York Mall
  • $1,000,000
Planned