Leadership, Engagement, & Belonging
Civic engagement strengthens community.
Almost 7 in 10 Torontonians, and almost 8 in 10 youth, reported a strong sense of belonging to their community in 2013:
- The percentage of city youth (12–19) who report a strong sense of belonging has been growing in recent years, but
decreased by 8% from 2012 to 2013 (from 85.5% to 78.7%)
66.8% of Torontonians 12 and over reported that they feel they belong, down from 69% in 2012. Almost 2 of every 10 Toronto neighbourhoods are in dire need of community meeting places:
- Of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods, 28 received a “red” (or risk) diagnosis for the prevalence of community meeting places
(such as community centres and places of worship) within a 10- minute walk.
Is the Region’s diversity reflected in our institutions?
Visible minorities are poorly represented in leadership in some sectors:
- Although visible minorities reflect more than 40% of Toronto’s population, they made up only 13.3% of Toronto City Council
- Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2014