TORONTO FOUNDATIONS’ “VITAL SIGNS REPORT” EXAMINES THE CITY’S HEARTBEAT – IT’S TICKING

vitalsigns1The fifteenth annual TORONTO report card is out. We can always do better but “by many measures it appears our city is doing quite well,” says Sharon Avery, President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation.

vitalsigns6 Environment: Air quality has improved. Greenhouse gas emissions have declined 24% since 1990. We have almost double the rate of greenhouse gas emissions of London, a third more than Amsterdam but half the rate of Los Angeles.

Gap Between Rich and Poor: Hunger is shifting from downtown to the inner suburbs where food bank visits have gone up 48% since 2008. TORONTO is the child poverty capital amongst Canada’s large cities, with rates consistently between 27% and 32% since 1997.

vitalsigns2TORONTO ranks as the best place to live among 50 global cities; first among 35 global cities on youth opportunities; 5th among 24 global metropolitan areas on prosperity.

UOFTLearning: In 2015, 59% of the Toronto Region’s population had a post-secondary education, up from 55% in 2010, and higher than Melbourne, Boston, London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

Two GO Trains at Union StationGetting Around: Torontonians take four times more public transit trips per capita than people who live in Los Angeles but less than half as many as residents in London.

Work: The overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% in 2015 from 9.5% in 2014.

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