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Social Capital Research

Toronto Foundation & Environics Institute embark on research together

We are undertaking primary research with Environics Institute to better understand quality of life in Toronto. This survey is part of Toronto Foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs program, and looks at residents’ lived experiences and how they connect with other people across the city. This information will help identify ways to make Toronto a more welcoming and healthy place to live for all residents.

About the Survey

The survey will take less than 20 minutes to complete, and is available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese. The survey is being conducted by the research company R.A. Malatest & Associates. By taking a few minutes to share your experiences and opinions about living in Toronto, you will be helping to provide a better understanding of our City as it is today, and how it can become a better place to live. As a token of our appreciation, we can enter your name in a draw to win one of two free iPads.

How You Can Participate

20,000 letters were sent out across Toronto. If you received one, we encourage you to respond. The research company R.A. Malatest will also be conducting outreach through telephone calls to ensure representation across demographics and neighbourhoods.

Your responses are voluntary, and all information collected will remain confidential. Your views will be combined with those of several thousand other Toronto residents, and the results will be publicly released at Vital Signs this fall, and featured in the local media. We will be pleased to send you a copy of the final report so you can see how your experiences compare with other City residents.

For more information about this survey visit  If you have any questions about this study, please contact R.A Malatest at 1-888-689-1847 or by email at


The study is being conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, in partnership with Toronto Foundation, as well as TAS Design Build, Community Foundations of Canada/Canadian Heritage, United Way Toronto & York Region, MLSE Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Wellesley Institute, with additional support from National Institute on Ageing and Canada Helps.