Almost a quarter of Torontonians live in poverty, and an even larger share of recent immigrants and youth. Poverty creates real problems at the municipal level. David Hulchanski’s Three Cities Within Toronto report showed that poverty is creating an unequal and divided city.
Ontario has had a Poverty Reduction Strategy in place since 2008 and is currently working toward an updated plan, while the federal government has been absent from this. Poverty is also a local issue, and a new report from Social Planning Toronto and the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto makes the case that it’s time for the city to step up with a poverty elimination strategy.