Leadership, Engagement, & Belonging

Civic engagement strengthens community.

Why it matters:

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

      in 2013. 

 

- Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2014

Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with inpatient and community programming, including home care and outreach programs.
Through a process of engagement and relationship building, Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) serves youth who have a range of mental health needs.
Youth Bicycle Build
Charlie’s FreeWheels offers a Build-A-Bike program that teaches bicycle mechanics to youth. The program is free for participants, and gives youth the opportunity to build their own bike by refurbishing a used one. At the end of the program, participants get a new bike, accessories and the necessary...
Children’s Peace Theatre is committed to creating a culture of peace and transformative justice by engaging children and youth through the practice of art and theatre.
For more than 10 years, CivicAction has played the role of neutral sandbox, bringing together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Clay & Paper Theatre's mandate is to create, develop and perform multi-disciplinary, community driven theatrical works, using narrative theatre and large-scale puppetry in public spaces for large and diverse audiences.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life and no Canadian loses their sight to preventable causes...
Lemon & Allspice Cookery
Common Ground Co-operative’s mission is to bring together talent, knowledge and expertise found in existing institutions, agencies, businesses and other community groups to support the creation and maintenance of social enterprises in the form of small business partnerships among people with...
Community Food Centres Canada builds and supports vibrant food-focused organizations in low-income communities in Toronto and across the country that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.
Community Living Toronto's vision is one where everyone belongs and we help each other reach for our dreams.
Community Living Toronto provides meaningful and accessible ways for children, youth and adults who have an intellectual disability to participate in their community, as well as supporting families.

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