Poverty Reduction Strategy

TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy is a concrete, 20-year plan that was unanimously approved by City Council in 2015. It contains 17 recommendations linked to a set of actions to be carried over a four-year period. Annual work plans identify initiatives that advance actions. The strategy focuses on housing stability, services access, transit equity, food access, the quality of jobs and incomes, and systemic change.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Areas of Focus

ExpandHousing Stability

1.   Improve the quality of all affordable housing

2.   Assist low-income individuals and families to secure and maintain affordable housing

3.   Increase the supply of affordable housing

ExpandService Access


4.   Increase service access and availability

5.   Improve access to high quality programs for children and youth

ExpandTransit Equity

6.   Make transit more affordable for low-income residents

7.   Improve transit services in the inner suburbs

ExpandFood Access

 8.   Eliminate hunger

 9.   Increase access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food

ExpandQuality Jobs & Livable Wages

10.  Improve the quality of and access to income supports

11.  Create employment opportunities for low-income groups with high unemployment rates

12.  Improve the quality of jobs

ExpandSystemic Change


13.  Leverage the economic power of the City to stimulate job growth, support local businesses, and drive inclusive economic growth

14.  Create a seamless social support system

15.  Coordinate and evaluate the implementation of TO Prosperity

16.  Engage City  staff and residents on poverty reduction efforts

17.  Dedicate funding to poverty reduction actions