News Release
November 25, 2022

Starting this Saturday, November 26, the City of Toronto is honouring the hope and resiliency of Toronto residents through Stronger TOgether. Stronger TOgether is a free and accessible program that will provide opportunities for people across the city to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on recognizing disproportionately affected communities and those who continue to live with the effects of the pandemic. Stronger TOgether is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

The Stronger TOgether program runs from November 26 to the end of March 2023. The first project City Hall Tower Illumination launches this weekend coinciding with Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Financial Group. This special lighting display in Nathan Philips Square will remain illuminated until February 20, 2023 (Family Day), with colours reflecting the themes of hope, unity, strength and renewal.

Throughout the next four months, Stronger TOgether will continue to provide meaningful ways for Toronto residents to collectively:

  • Reflect on how residents have come together and supported each other through the pandemic
  • Recognize communities that have contributed to the health and solidarity of Toronto during the pandemic
  • Share and learn about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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

Additional Stronger TOgether details will be announced in December and in early 2023 and updated on the City’s Stronger TOgether webpage.

Team Toronto has now administered more than 7.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the start of the vaccination campaign. Updated COVID-19 vaccine data is available on the Toronto Public Health Vaccine Dashboard.


“I’m so pleased that the City is launching Stronger TOgether, made possible by the Government of Canada. This program will focus on the hope and resiliency of our residents, which was demonstrated time and time again throughout the pandemic. I sincerely hope all Torontonians to participate in the program and reflect on how far we have come and how we all need to work together to move forward to make sure Toronto comes back stronger than ever.”
– Mayor John Tory

“The last three years have been hard for many Canadians, both professionally and personally. Togetherness during difficult times strengthens our bond, enriches our society and breaks down barriers. These moments of solidarity are thanks in part to initiatives by many community organizations, promoting respect, equity and dignity. We are proud to encourage and to recognize the projects – and the people behind them – that have made a difference during those difficult moments.”
– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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