The Stronger TOgether program recognizes impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on all Torontonians with a suite of free and accessible initiatives that honour the resiliency and perseverance of the entire community – particularly those who were disproportionately affected and those who continue to live with the effects of the pandemic.

The program launched on November 26 with a commemorative illumination of Toronto City Hall.

Stronger TOgether provides relevant and meaningful ways for Toronto residents to collectively:

  • reflect on how residents have come together and continue to support each other through the pandemic
  • recognize communities that have contributed to the health and solidarity of Toronto residents during the pandemic
  • share stories and learn about the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on residents, specifically the disproportionate effects on historically marginalized communities
  • remember and collectively mourn all the lives lost by COVID-19 or as a result of the pandemic.

Team Toronto continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and has administered a total 7.7 million doses since the start of the vaccination campaign. All COVID-19 vaccine data is available on the Toronto Public Health Vaccine Dashboard.

The program includes the following below, with more programming to be announced in early 2023. Sign up for the Celebrate Toronto eNewsletter to receive email updates about Stronger TOgether programming.

From November 26, 2022, through February 20, 2023 (Family Day), an illumination of the Toronto City Hall towers is incorporated into the lighting design of Nathan Phillips Square. The illumination features sky beams and gradient lighting features on the towers that symbolize and celebrate the collective response by Toronto residents to support each other through and following the pandemic. Light is a symbol of the vibrancy of life, and the lighting colours chosen for the Illumination installation represent our hope for the future, unity of purpose, strength in the face of adversity and renewal of our city and its residents.

The Burn is an interactive installation that provides a place for transformation, healing and letting go. From January 19 to March 11, the installation’s vessels tour the city, inspiring Torontonians to set healing intentions on wooden spheres.

On March 11, the third anniversary of the official start of the pandemic, a commemorative ceremony featuring The Burn takes place at Nathan Phillips Square in memory of lives lost. Experience a shared exhalation through fire, water and immersive waves of sounds, as the vessels’ wooden spheres, along with fresh ones created onsite, come together to ignite for a 24-hour burn from March 11 to 12.

Learn more about The Burn.

The Toronto Community Champion Award recognizes and acknowledges the extraordinary contributions that community organizations have made to support the health and solidarity of the residents of the City of Toronto throughout the pandemic.

This award is an opportunity for residents to shine a spotlight on organizations across the city that made a positive and lasting impact on individuals and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those in most vulnerable areas and populations. This award provides an opportunity for the City to collect and share stories of resilience, perseverance and strength, and to honour the collective commitment and unwavering determination of our communities to support each other through some of the most unprecedented of times our city has ever experienced.

Nominations have closed for the Toronto Community Champion Award. Award recipients will be announced in March 2023.

On December 31, 2022, the City marked the new year with high-altitude fireworks along downtown Toronto’s waterfront. This event was an opportunity for residents to gather and celebrate their resiliency throughout the pandemic together.

The fireworks display acted as a symbol of hope for the coming year and acknowledged the city’s front-line workers.

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Funded by the Government of Canada. FInance par le gouvernement du Canada.