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TOP logoWe’re the Toronto Office of Partnerships (TOP) and our goal is to help sponsors and donors create mutually rewarding collaborations with the City of Toronto. It’s a win-win because you advance your interests while enriching the lives of Torontonians. Learn more about our exciting partnership opportunities.

Legacy Gifts

A bequest is a donation in your will that is distributed by your estate after your death.

Your gift is a reflection of your interest in making your City a stronger and more prosperous place for current residents and future generations.

Thank you to our partners

Under the Gardiner

Gift will create new trail, connections and cultural spaces under Gardiner Expressway

The City of Toronto, philanthropists Judy and Wil Matthews and Waterfront Toronto have announced a $25 million partnership to create a new public landscape beneath a section of the Gardiner Expressway.

The Matthews’ generous gift will fund the creation of more than 4 hectares (10 acres) of new public space and 1.75 kilometres of multi-use trail beneath the elevated expressway from just west of Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue. This unprecedented philanthropic partnership represents a new, collaborative model for building high-quality public spaces in Toronto.

The initiative, temporarily called Project: Under Gardiner, will transform areas beneath the expressway into vibrant community spaces that will play host to a range of cultural programming – creating a new outdoor living room for the 70,000 residents in nearby neighbourhoods and for visitors who use the many amenities and attractions in the area.

The Toronto Office of Partnerships accepts philanthropic donations and manages sponsorships that provide community benefits and contribute to the quality of life in Toronto. This project will be managed by Waterfront Toronto.

For details: www.undergardiner.com

Partnership Stories

ExpandFrom Park People: Major developments the Green Line linear park project

Since Park People began its work on the Green Line in early 2014, we have advocated for connecting the pieces along this hydro corridor into a cohesive linear park and trail (and we’ve just made a great new video about the project). 

The Green Line run corridor runs between Landsdowne and just east of Spadina, in a hydro corridor north of Dupont St. We didn’t propose specific designs, but instead called on the City to initiate a study that would engage communities along the route and set out a master plan for how the linear park and trail would look.

We’re excited to announce that we are a partner with the City on the Green Line Implementation Plan, which will be carried out this year by an amazing consultant team headed by local design firm DTAH. DTAH has worked on other notable public space projects like the Queen’s Quay Revitalization, Evergreen Brickworks, and the Lower Don Trail.

In addition, the proposed new capital budget plan for the City contains nearly $1.5 million for the Green Line. This includes money for carrying out the Green Line Implementation Plan study, but also $800,000 for design and construction of some of the initial elements that will be identified in the Plan, mostly to be spent in 2019, and $300,000 in 2017 to construct a new community garden along the Green Line just east of Christie Street.

You can learn more here in our blogpost. We’re thrilled to see such significant progress on this important new green corridor and park. In a little more than 3 years it has gone from an initial idea from the community to now being a core part of the City’s greenspace planning. And great things to come! 

Best, 

Dave Harvey, Executive Director
Park People

ExpandCanadian Green Building Council Conference Volunteers help Alexandra Park Sparkle

The Alexandra Park community is looking cleaner and greener and its community centre sports freshly-painted walls following the fourth annual legacy event Building Lasting Change, held by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) on June 2.

This year's event was hosted by the City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing and the Alexandra Park Community Centre.

The event brought together more than 60 enthusiastic participants, including CaGBC delegates, community residents of all ages, City and Toronto Community Housing staff and the community centre's Board of Directors.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers worked to clean, green, build and paint. With residents and delegates working side-by-side conversations about the about community connections, raising children and hopes, dreams and challenges were shared.

Seven hours later the positive impact of the enthusiasm and effort was very evident. More than 100 neighbourhood flower boxes had been filled with flowers ready to bloom and brighten the homes of residents.

The community centre garden looked fresh with weeds removed and plants pruned to perfection and two of the 10 benches with connected flower boxes that had been built were placed on the front patio, ready for residents to sit down, rest and engage in conversation with friends and family.

Across from the benches three large raised vegetable gardens were t filled with soil, ready for residents to plant herbs and vegetables for later use in the culinary program at the centre.

Inside the centre, the smell of fresh paint led the way to newly-painted white walls; four rooms had new tile carpeting and the youth room boasted new tables chairs and shelving.

The change created by this partnership of residents, City and TCH staff together with the CaGBC is a showcase of what is possible when people work together. The initial investment form the CaGBC has helped to leverage new computers and furniture for the youth lounge and a commitment for the exterior of the community centre to receive a full painting.

For every dollar the CaGBC invested the project was able to leverage an additional $2 from other partners, and for every CaGBC delegate volunteer the project brought in an additional 1.5 volunteers. Together residents, private sector partners and government created transformative change, a lasting legacy and a strengthened sense of belonging.

Partnerships in the News

ExpandToronto joins the first China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

Mayor John Tory today announced Toronto's participation in the first China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. He was joined by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East); Reza Moridi, Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science; Senator Victor Oh; People's Republic of China Deputy Consul General Xu Wei; and Jenny Qi, Chairperson of Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations.

ExpandToronto Public Health launches TTC pop-up food markets

Toronto Public Health is launching new pop-up food markets at three Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) locations to help residents make healthier food choices during their evening rush-hour commute. Through a collaboration with the TTC and FoodShare, the markets will operate from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downsview and Victoria Park stations, and during the same hours Wednesdays at Kipling subway station.

 

 "I am pleased to celebrate the official opening of these new TTC pop-up food markets," said Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "Food security is a central component of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy. These food markets will provide residents with easier access to fresh, healthy and affordable food choices on their daily commutes."

 

"Pop-up food markets at TTC subway stations is an exciting collaboration, which demonstrates our commitment to improving the customer's experience in our system," said TTC Chair Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence). "These markets will provide access to healthy and fresh food options for our customers who are on the move."

 

Many of Toronto's populations face barriers to accessing healthy, convenient, high-quality and low-cost foods. Grab Some Good pop-up markets help to fill this gap by connecting urban commuters with fresh food as they move through their day.

 

The new TTC food pop-up markets will offer commuters healthy food choices at affordable prices and are intended to:

• promote access to fresh produce at affordable prices

• advance the sustainable production and distribution of healthy food, and

• implement a healthy food kiosk model in TTC subway stations that prioritizes high standards of food quality, customer service and value for money.

 

"Food plays a vital role in building healthy people, communities and cities," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "With over 1.6 million passengers using the TTC each day, the TTC can be an important venue for promoting healthy food options."

 

The initiative, launched today at Downsview subway station, is part of the Grab Some Good brand that aims to encourage customers to make healthier food choices. The markets benefit from FoodShare’s ability to source and prepare high-quality, affordable food and provide market expertise. More information is available at http://bit.ly/1sipxWp.

 

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

 

 

Media contact: Keisha Mair, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-8020, kmair2@toronto.ca

 

ExpandCommunity celebrates Recipe for Community project in Scarborough Village

Residents of Scarborough Village were joined by local Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest), Anne L. Brayley, Vice-President, Philanthropic Services from the Toronto Foundation and representatives of community organizations to celebrate Recipe for Community, a project that has helped make the community more vital and beautiful. Recipe for Community projects are a partnership with the Toronto Foundation and the City of Toronto that work with public and private sector groups to invest in community development. Four key ingredients go into building a safe and healthy community: food, convening, youth engagement and neighbourhood beautification.

 

"The Recipe for Community project in Scarborough Village has made this community a healthier and more beautiful place to live, work and play," said Councillor Crawford. "Thanks to all the partners and community members who made this program a reality."

 

"This program reminds us of the power of philanthropy to spark great things in our city," said Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO, Toronto Foundation. "Recipe was the vision of one generous fund holder who wanted to instill a sense of belonging and safety in her childhood neighborhood. Now, nine years later, we are celebrating the addition of a fourth Recipe community."

 

Since 2007, the initiative has invested in four neighbourhoods: Alexandra Park, St. James Town and Weston-Mount Dennis, with Scarborough Village joining the list today. Rexdale was announced as the next community to be added to the list in 2016/2017.

 

The partners in the Recipe for Community project have invested more than $1.5 million in financial and in-kind resources to date. Partners include post-secondary institutions, banks, construction companies, community organizations and resident groups, telecommunications companies and gardening tools companies.

 

Investments are used to implement initiatives inspired and led by resident to beautify the neighborhood, refurbish basketball courts, train and provide job opportunities for youth and others in the community, provide cooking and nutrition programs, art projects and other neighborhood improvements.

 

The Scarborough Village project has showcased young people who have gained employment or accessed education programs through this project, a movie night, a revitalized garden space, bike repair and cooking programs as well as social enterprise programs. Additionally, graduates from the CPR and Food Handling programs were recognized.

 

The Recipe for Community program was inspired by a fund holder at the Toronto Foundation – holder of more than 400 endowment funds – who was eager to help the community in the wake of the Toronto’s Vital Signs® report, an annual snapshot of the quality of life in Toronto, which highlighted a low sense of belonging and safety as key issues in a number of neighborhoods. Other fund holders at the Toronto Foundation – whose purpose is community vitality – jumped on board with their financial support as well. 

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

 

Media contacts: Manjit Jheeta, Toronto Office of Partnerships, 416-392-8684, mjheeta@toronto.ca

Julia Howell, Toronto Foundation, 416-402-4274, jhowell@torontofoundation.ca