TOprosperity – our interim poverty reduction strategy report – was released today. With it, I call on you to be a partner in making Toronto prosperous for everyone.
Inequality in our city is simply unacceptable. Together, we will address the issues causing poverty, create solutions and create systemic change. We are putting forward a vision rooted in concrete actions that will lead us towards a Toronto in 2035 that is truly equitable for all residents. The safety net will be strengthened to prevent people from falling into poverty and lifelines will be provided to those who have fallen into poverty.
I would like to thank the Community Advisory Committee of stakeholders from community agencies and organizations who have been working on these issues for their invaluable advice and support in the drafting of this strategy. I would also like to thank City staff under the leadership of Social Development, Finance & Administration and Toronto Employment & Social Services for their dedication and hard work on the development of this action plan and for all divisions for embracing this exercise with such enthusiasm.
Most importantly, I would like to thank the thousands of Torontonians who have experienced poverty in their lives for providing their expert advice throughout this process. I hope that this report reflects what you have told me that we can do to make your lives a little bit easier. I look forward to your continued engagement and feedback as we move from the interim strategy to the final strategy by the end of 2015.
A PDF version of the report is now available online from the City of Toronto: