Poverty Reduction Strategy

Poverty in Toronto

Over the last 10 years, cities across Canada have been putting in place plans to reduce poverty. In Toronto, there is consensus that we do not want growing inequity in our city, and that a collaborative, community-driven strategy is needed to end poverty. In April 2014, Toronto City Council directed City staff to partner with communities to begin the process to develop an effective Poverty Reduction Strategy for Toronto.

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Key Facts

  • 25% of children (14 and under) in Toronto live in poverty
  • 274,530 Torontonians, or 1 in 5 adults live in poverty
  • Some Torontonians are more likely than others to live in poverty, such as children, unattached non-elderly, lone parents, Aboriginal Canadians, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, seniors, youth and racialized communities

The pathways out of poverty no longer work for many

Work work isn’t working

Jobs are increasingly high-skilled and well-paid, or part-time, low-paid, and precarious.

More education isn't helping

23% of college graduates are working low-wage jobs.

Incomes aren’t meeting basic needs

The median monthly income for people with low income is $820 for single adults,
$1,465 for single parents, $2,055 for two-parent families. For a family of four:

This profile is based on the following reports and data sources: City of Toronto August 2014 Social Development Dashboard; City of Toronto 2013 Early Learning and Care in Toronto; Hulchanski, D. 2007 TheThree Cities Within Toronto; Statistics Canada 2011 National Household Survey; Statistics Canada 2012 T1 Family File; Toronto Public Health 2013 Nutritious Food Basket; Zizys, T. 2014 Better Work.