The City of Toronto has been at the forefront of advocating for improvement and change in the lives of its residents. While some of these documents are not current, they are of historical value.
The following information is provided for archival purposes.
Community Advisory Committees
Toronto City Council is following up on the work of the 1999 Task Force on Community Access and Equity through the establishment of a Roundtable on Access, Equity and Human Rights.
In December 1999, Council approved the final report and action plan of the Task Force on Community Access and Equity. The 97 recommendations included the establishment of five city-wide community advisory committees which have as their focus:
- Status of Women - not re-established pending a review
- Race and Ethnic Relations - mandate transferred to the Roundtable on Access, Equity and Human Rights
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues - mandate transferred to the Roundtable on Access, Equity and Human Rights
These advisory committees provide a formal mechanism for Council to obtain community advice on a variety of issues.
On January 16, 2002, the Diversity Advocate met with the City's five Community Advisory Committees, and the following common priority issues were identified:
- poverty reduction
- public transit and transportation
- youth leadership and elimination of youth violence
- public awareness
- community outreach
Other issues were included in the workplans of each committee. Changing or improving services and policies in these areas benefits everyone, even though a specific group faces a specific barrier:
- pay equity
- sexual assault
- information and communications to improve access to services for marginalized groups
- access to recreation programs
- daycare services
- multi-lingual communications
- the City budget process
- urban Aboriginal issues
- health and addictions
- domestic violence
- accessibility to buildings
- accreditation of foreign credentials
- diversity training
Plan of Action
- Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination (PDF)
Clause embodied in Report No. 3 of the Policy and Finance Committee, as adopted by the Council of the City of Toronto at its meeting held on April 14, 15 and 16, 2003. Read the executive summary.
- Report of the Community Consultations on the Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, November 2002, PDF version with graphics
- Report of the Community Consultations on the Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, November 2002, PDF version with plain text only
- Development of a Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination - March 2001
A translation of the major directions, as outlined in the report, is available in the following languages (PDF): Chinese, Italian, French, Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Tamil, Polish, Somali, Ukrainian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese.
The Action Plan Guide has been updated to include the Equity Lens.
Ornstein Study and Related Reports
- Ethno-Racial Inequality in Toronto: Analysis of the 1996 Census, May, 2000 (PDF)
- Ethno-Racial Inequality in the City of Toronto: An Analysis of the 1996 Census (Ornstein Study), Staff Report, October, 2001 (PDF)
- Further Report Regarding the Study on Ethno-Racial Inequality in Toronto (Ornstein Study), City Council Report, December 2001 (PDF)
Task Force on Community Access and Equity
- Executive Summary of the City of Toronto Task Force on Community Access and Equity, January, 2000
- Status Report by the Chief Administrative Officer on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Task force on Community Access and Equity, report to City Council, April, 2002 (PDF)
The City has produced posters to celebrate Toronto's diversity. These posters have been used in public education campaigns across the city and thousands of posters have been distributed to libraries, community organizations, schools and individuals. Limited quantities are available.