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This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Welcome to the 2019 Vital Signs

Toronto’s Vital Signs Report is compiled from current statistics and studies, serving as an ongoing consolidated snapshot of the trends and issues affecting quality of life in our city. New this year, we went beyond published reports to analyze secondary data that is not generally available. This report has more than 600 footnotes, references more than 294 unique reports and data sources and received contributions from more than 100 individuals. Throughout the report, we highlight organizations working on solutions and feature select policy recommendations from leading researchers and organizations. We believe this adds considerable value to our collective insights on life in Toronto and enhances our ability to focus on the most vital issues in the city.

INCOME AND WEALTH
Equity creates a more just and resilient society

HOUSING
Access to safe and affordable housing is a key determinant of quality of life

WORK
Decent work is essential for positive health and economic outcomes

ARTS, CULTURE, AND RECREATION
Thriving arts and cultural and recreational opportunities signal a city’s ability to innovate, solve problems and attract people

ENVIRONMENT
Our natural and built environment needs to be at its best if we are to be healthy and resilient

GETTING AROUND
Moving people and goods efficiently is linked to our city’s prosperity

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND BELONGING
Vibrant cities have diverse residents who feel engaged and who have strong connections to one another

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Good physical and mental health depends on all of the vital signs working together

LEARNING
Learning is affected by many factors, including poverty, mental and physical health, safety and support

SAFETY
Our city will prosper only if citizens feel safe in their own neighborhoods
ALL 10 ISSUE AREAS

INCOME AND WEALTH

 

HOUSING

 

WORK

 

ARTS, CULTURE,
AND RECREATION

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

GETTING AROUND

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND BELONGING

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

 

LEARNING

 

SAFETY