Poverty Reduction Strategy

Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy


By 2035, Toronto is a city with opportunities for all: a leader in the collective pursuit of justice, fairness and equity. We want to be renowned as a city where everyone has access to good jobs, adequate income, stable housing, affordable transportation, nutritious food, and supportive services."

3 Overarching Objectives

The Strategy sets out three overarching objectives focused on the effects, trajectories, and causes of poverty, namely:

Address immediate needs: ensure that essential services are effective, well-funded, coordinated, and meet the needs of those living in poverty.

Create pathways to prosperity: improve the quality of jobs in the city, attract investments to low income areas, and ensure that City programs and services are integrated, client-centered, and focused on early intervention.

Drive Systemic Change: Create a more accountable and participatory government, where reducing poverty and inequality is an integral part of day-to-day business.

6 Issue-areas

Housing Stability: The city needs more quality affordable housing so that individuals and families with low-incomes do not need to sacrifice basic needs to live in decent conditions.

Service Access: Not all residents find the services they need when they need them; the City can do more to make services available and effective.

Transit Equity: Public transit needs to be affordable and reliable; it needs to take residents to opportunities and bring opportunities to neighbourhoods.

Food Access:Torontonians, especially in many low-income communities, need better access to affordable, nutritious food.

Quality Jobs and Livable Wages: Toronto cannot achieve its vision of being an equitable and inclusive city while so many residents are unable to find quality jobs.

Systemic Change: Mobilizing an entire city to reduce and ultimately end poverty will take new ways of thinking and new ways of working.


TO Prosperity contains 17 recommendations. Each recommendation is linked to a set of actions to be carried out over a four-year period. Combined, these recommendations and actions comprise the 2015–2018 Term Action Plan.

This Plan reflects key concerns and issues prioritized by Toronto residents during a broad engagement process, as well as knowledge of best practices to address poverty in Toronto and other jurisdictions. Recognizing that priorities, knowledge, and economic landscapes constantly evolve, the City will evaluate and revise the Action Plan every four years.

Annual work plans will identify key City initiatives to address poverty and deliverables expected in the short-term. An annual progress report and a revised work plan will be brought to City Council for consideration each year.

Download Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy (accessible PDF)