The City is looking for Grade 4 and 5 teachers and students to participate in classroom activities to explore their ideas and opinions of a child-friendly Toronto.


Children are important residents of Toronto with unique ideas and perspectives of their neighbourhood and their city. At the heart of the Child-Friendly TO project is the goal to involve children when the City plans and makes decisions about Toronto. Child-Friendly TO is a partnership initiative of Toronto Public Health and Toronto Children’s Services.

Join the City of Toronto for its National Child Day events, celebrating kids as experts in TO.

National Child Day is celebrated across Canada every year on November 20, to acknowledge and promote children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of these rights is to be listened to by adults when they make decisions that impact children.


Public Display of Child Voices

November 19 & 20, City Hall Rotunda

Ideas from Grade 4 and 5 classes across Toronto on what a child-friendly city would look like will be displayed along with information about National Child Day and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ideas sharing with the Mayor

November 20, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Committee Room 1, City Hall

In this media event, grade 4 and 5 students will share their ideas with Mayor John Tory on why it’s important to listen to children and how to make Toronto more child-friendly.

Classroom Participation

  1. Sign up online.
  2. Complete one or more of the classroom activities.
  3. Submit the students’ work.
  4. Receive updates on how the students’ ideas are used!

The students’ ideas and opinions will be showcased in a public display at City Hall for National Child Day on November 19 and 20, 2018 and summarized in a report for City Councillors in Spring 2019.

The Child-Friendly TO Classroom Participation: Teacher’s Package provides an overview of the project, the classroom activities and options for submitting the students’ work.

Submitting Student Ideas

  • November 13, 2018 for inclusion in the City Hall display and in the report to Council
  • December 14, 2018 for inclusion in the report to Council only