Building Toronto's resilience is essential to making our city a better place to live, work and play.

As a new member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network (100RC) – a global community of cities working together to build urban resilience – Toronto will have the capacity to expand its resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that face us in the 21st century.

In collaboration with 100RC, Toronto will build on its existing resilience-related efforts to address climate change and the impacts of extreme weather, and work to address additional challenges specific to our city such as growing inequality, aging infrastructure, and housing and transit issues.

Toronto looks forward to contributing its expertise and experience to this global network.

Toronto selected to join 100 Resilient Cities - News Release, May 2016 

Toronto's Chief Resilience Officer

Elliott Cappell has joined the Toronto Public Service as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for the stresses and shocks that are increasingly part of 21st century life. In this role, Elliot will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city. The position is fully funded by 100 Resilient Cities.

Toronto appoints first Chief Resilience Officer: News Release

What a Chief Resilience Officer does

The Agenda Setting Workshop

On December 8, 2016, Toronto formally kick-started a process to develop and implement a resilience strategy, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC).  Toronto's Agenda Setting Workshop brought together more than 110 stakeholders from a broad range of sectors to begin to identify and discuss the critical issues to be considered in preparing Toronto's resilience strategy. A summary of the findings from the Agenda Setting Workshop are available here.


How will the city benefit from the 100 Resilient Cities network?

  • With financial support from 100RC, the City will hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) to coordinate, oversee, and prioritize resilience-building activities.
  • The City will receive tools, funding and other resources to support the development of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for Toronto. 
  • We’ll have access to the tools and services of 100RC Platform of Partners to support implementation of our Resilience Strategy, including solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land-use planning, infrastructure design, innovative financing supports, and insurance products.
  • Toronto joins a network of leading cities with the facility to share resilience knowledge and best practices, and foster new relationships and partnerships.