For the first time in its history, the report uses an inequity lens and paints a clear picture that quality of life in TORONTO varies drastically depending on neighbourhood, income, race, immigration status, gender, sexual identity, and age.

TORONTO is a thriving global centre, “though the overall story is one of success, more and more we’re becoming a city of islands,” says Sharon Avery, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation. “We now have the definitive case for support for a better and more resilient city.”

Who we are as a city . . .
Population has grown to more than 2.7-million, up 4.5% between 2001 & 2016
Middle class income range is between $24,000 & $42,000
20% of the population lives on low income
For the first time there are more seniors than children
60% of downtowners have access to the arts; in suburban Scarborough 37%

Overall 25% of the city has tree cover; Rosedale-Moore Park 62%; some neighbourhoods 7%
50% of us drive; averaging a 29 minute commute
37% take transit & 30% of those spend more than an hour getting to work
73% of high-income earners report good or excellent health
48% of low-income earners report the same
50% of renters spend +30% of their income on housing; 27% of homeowners do the same

Over one-in-four children are living below the poverty line
Nearly 50% of all newcomer children are living in poverty
15% of public school children taking applied courses don’t graduate

2,258 reported sexual assaults in 2016; 30% increase since 2010


The 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.

 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.

TORONTO 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.