The Toronto Foundation has convened, facilitated, participated in or led cross-sector collaborations addressing a number of issues identified in Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report.
Playing for Keeps
Leveraging the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games to build social capital and create a legacy of healthier, more active and stronger communities and a deepened sense of belonging.
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Recipe for Community
Engaging citizens young and old from the ground up to improve the sense of belonging and safety in Toronto's neighbourhoods, while enhancing their capacity.
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Keeping middle schools in high-needs inner-city and inner-suburb neighbourhoods open after school to provide quality programming and a safe place for students and their families.
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Toronto Sport Leadership Program
Addressing high youth unemployment, dramatic drop-off rates in youth recreational activity, troubling high school drop-out rates and youth violence by certifying youth from high-needs neighbourhoods to become lifeguards, ski instructors, basketball and soccer coaches.
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100 In 1 Day
A citizen-driven festival of 100 acts of change taking place over one day, empowering citizens to make positive changes in their own communities.
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Investing in creative arts initiatives developed by and for youth living in Toronto's vulnerable communities through a unique collaborative funding program that is the only one of its kind in Canada.
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Green Innovation Awards
Providing incubation support for new, local green ideas for products and services that demonstrate potential for market success and making a positive environmental impact.
Youth Micro-Loan Initiative
An intensive social enterprise/business training program enabling marginalized youth to foster an idea into a realistic business plan to guide their business operation.
Get Active Toronto
Addressing the growing crisis of physical inactivity and resulting health issues, including obesity and diabetes through a multi-sector collaborative that builds city-wide partnerships, awareness, and action.
enp-to: Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto
Providing matching grants to nonprofit organizations that are exploring the development of social enterprises for the dual purposes of generating revenue and furthering their mission.
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Toronto Debates 2010
Focussing discussion of the major issues facing the people of Toronto in the coming years with a forum for strong and intelligent debate among the leading mayoral candidates in the October municipal election.
An initiative created by Dave Meslin, a previous Vital People grantee, and supported by the Toronto Foundation, Toronto City Summit Alliance, and 10 other organizations. The project aimed to educate residents on 14 municipal electoral reform options practiced in cities around the world that could produce more effective results for Toronto.
Arts on Track
Revitalizing an underground public space on our city's transit system - Museum subway station - to initiate a public space renaissance, and to explore how residents, business, community organizations, and government might work together to create public space that enhances the liveability of our city.
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In 2007, Toronto's Vital Signs revealed a declining quality of life for many, citing the heavy burdens of "aging infrastructure, growing debt, and a seemingly permanent state of fiscal crisis" in the City of Toronto.
In response to the need for new ideas to address the fiscal crisis, the Toronto Foundation developed a partnership with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, and hosted a three-part series on Toronto's fiscal future in 2008. This Toronto Dialogue presented international speakers who offered fresh approaches to the growing challenges of civic debt and lack of strategic investment facing the City of Toronto.
These public forums, held at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre, were followed by meetings with municipal and provincial staff to continue the process of exploring new ideas and developing new solutions for Toronto's fiscal future.
In 2007, Toronto's Vital Signs indicated unprecedented vacancy rates in rental apartments and at the same time, for those with the least income, it was becoming more challenging to secure affordable housing.
The Toronto Foundation convened private landlords and public housing officials to discuss the issue and possible solutions in a Toronto Dialogue, which proposed a cost-shared housing allowance pilot program. The Strong Communities Housing Allowance Pilot, made possible with a $3.6 million contribution from the Government of Ontario, found affordable homes for 400 families.
The success of the pilot helped prompt the City of Toronto to adopt their successful Streets to Homes program, which is providing Toronto's once-vacant apartments to those who need it most. The Government of Ontario approved a further $265 million for housing allowances for thousands of households across Toronto and tens of thousands across Ontario.