In every neighbourhood

2015 Annual Report

Dundas West & Bathurst 61 households
Weston & Lawrence West 378 households
Lawrence West & Shermount 14 households
Hwy. 401 & Leslie 134 households
Bathurst & Lawrence 191 households
Dundas & University Commercial Building
Saint Clair East & Birchmount 199 households
Saint Clair West & Vaughan 92 households
Victoria Park & Eglinton East 342 households
King & River 137 households
Alexandra Park, Queen West & Spadina 275 households

Our housing is in almost every corner of the city. We provide homes to nearly 60,000 of Toronto’s low- and moderate-income households, including seniors, families, singles, recent immigrants to Canada and people with special needs.

Distribution of Toronto Community Housing homes across Toronto

This map shows the distribution of Toronto Community Housing homes across the city of Toronto.

A Message From Our Chair and Our CEO

Bud
Greg

Toronto Community Housing made real progress in 2015 in improving housing services for residents and in clearly showing the value of our housing and why investing in its future makes sense. Our homes are woven into every corner of the city...

 

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About Us

Toronto Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Canada. About 110,000 people live in our housing. In addition to our core business of being a landlord, we partner with over 300 private sector organizations and community agencies to provide recreational programs, scholarships, and job and training opportunities for residents.

60,000
households

Who we are

Toronto Community Housing is home to nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households.

110,000
residents

Residents

About 110,000 residents live in our housing, and 90 per cent of them pay rent-geared-to-income.

1,600
employees

What we do

Our 1,600 employees work in property management, community safety, resident engagement, and more

$9-billion
asset

Our housing

Our housing represents a $9-billion asset for the people of Toronto.

Investing In Our Homes

Investing in capital repairs is the right thing to do

A third-party study by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis commissioned by Toronto Community Housing was released in March 2015. The study looked at the economic and social impacts of Toronto Community Housing’s 10-year plan for capital repairs and its community and revitalization program. It clearly showed the significant benefits of investing in Toronto Community Housing’s needed repairs and maintaining an important public asset.

Investing in our housing

  • 76 per cent of units will be in good/fair condition
  • Healthcare costs will decrease by $3.8 billion
  • Toronto will avoid 5,740 incidences of homelessness
  • Neighbourhood crime will decrease by 15 per cent

Failing to invest

  • 76 per cent of units will be in critical/poor condition
  • Healthcare costs will increase by $1.55 billion
  • Toronto will experience 2,380 more incidences of homelessness
  • Neighbourhood crime will increase by 10.5 per cent

Toronto Community Housing is a $9-billion public asset that all Torontonians are invested in.

When we have to board up homes because we cannot afford to make the necessary repairs, the entire neighbourhood suffers, not just the residents who lose their homes. So far, we have boarded up 350 homes and can expect to board up 7,500 more if we don’t receive funding for capital repairs. With full funding, we can save our housing and help build better neighbourhoods across Toronto.

 

Find out why our buildings are worth the investment

Investing In Neighbourhoods And People

Toronto Community Housing is doing meaningful things across the city and working with hundreds of community partners to do more with what we have.

Click on the pins below to see some of our contributions to the city of Toronto in 2015. 

Rookie league

Stan Wadlow Park In East York

More than 1,200 children from over 50 Toronto Community Housing communities participated in the Rookie League program in 2015. Each summer, we partner with Jays Care Foundation to run Rookie League, a safe, fun, active and engaging summer-long baseball day camp for kids aged six to 12. We hired 180 youth (mostly Toronto Community Housing residents) as coaches, mentors and counselors.

Read more about the Rookie League

Energy retrofits

Energy Efficient Retrofits

We announced a joint venture with Toronto Atmospheric Fund in September 2015 to increase energy efficiency in seven buildings. Double-glazed windows, low-flow faucets and high-efficiency refrigerators are among some of the energy-efficient retrofits we are making. They should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent and utility costs by 20 per cent.

Read more about energy-efficient retrofits

R-PATH accessibility audits

R-PATH Accessibility Audits

In its first two years, R-PATH, a resident committee, conducted more than 20 site visits to Toronto Community Housing buildings, resulting in important recommendations about accessibility for these communities. Community changes included improved paths of travel, common space upgrades and in-suite modifications. Their recommendations also contributed to a new Accessibility Policy and a new Accessibility in the Built Environment Policy and standards.

Read more about R-PATH's contributions to accessibility at Toronto Community Housing

If I ruled T.O.

IIRTO

On November 28, the fourth annual If I Ruled T.O. conference brought together youth from across the city to brainstorm solutions to issues affecting their lives. The one-day “think tank” drew nearly 500 youth aged 14 to 29. They discussed a range of issues from police relations to social housing.

Read more about the youth summit

Investing in our diversity scholarship program

Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship Program

In 2015, we awarded 46 scholarships to young leaders to pursue postsecondary education or training. Since 2002, this scholarship program— a partnership with Scadding Court Community Centre—has raised more than $800,000 to help close to 300 youth in low-income communities across Toronto. The scholarship recognizes youth for outstanding academic achievement and involvement in building safe, diverse, inclusive and healthy communities for all.

Read more about investing in our diversity scholarship program

LaunchPad

LaunchPad

In April 2015, MLSE Foundation and Toronto Community Housing unveiled plans for a new 42,000-square-foot facility on the ground floor of our 261 Jarvis St. building. The centre, called MLSE LaunchPad, will use sport for development programs to improve the health of Toronto’s youth. The underused space will be renovated to include a multipurpose gym, classrooms, cafeteria, and kitchen when it opens in 2017.

Read more about the new sport for development centre

Sumac Creek Health Centre

Sumac Creek

Toronto Community Housing partnered with The Daniels Corporation, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop the centre. It will provide all residents in the Regent Park area with access to health services in their neighbourhood. The health centre officially opened on July 8, 2015.

Read more about the Sumac Creek Health Center opening

Chester Le community tree planting

Chester Le

Residents, staff and volunteers from the Chester Le community joined TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to plant more than 60 large trees and shrubs. They restored nearly half the community’s tree canopy that was damaged in the city’s 2013 ice storm.

Read more about tree planting in the community

Lawrence Heights

Lawrence Heights

We launched the first phase of the Lawrence Heights revitalization on October 13, 2015 when we began demolition of 22 townhouses. Covering 100 acres, Lawrence Heights will be Toronto Community Housing’s largest community revitalization project in terms of area.

Read more about the demolition of townhomes at Lawrence Heights

ReSet: Jane/Firgrove

Jane Firgrove

Consultations began in 2015 to design and plan repairs for the 390 homes in the community. Through the ReSet program, all needed repair work in a community will be done at the same time. Residents are involved in local design teams and have a say in decisions. Architects and engineers started meeting with residents in September 2015.

Read more about ReSet

Allenbury Gardens

Allenbury Gardens

Construction on our first revitalization community in the northeast part of the city began with demolition in June 2015. We will replace 127 Toronto Community Housing units, build about 900 new market condominium units and add a new public park and retail space.

Read more about the Allenbury Gardens demolition

Mayor's Task Force and Getting It Done Report

In January 2015, Mayor John Tory established the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing, led by former City of Toronto Mayor Senator Art Eggleton.

 

Read more about the Task Force and our Getting it done report

Performance Highlights

Our vision is better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all. Here are the steps we took to get there in 2015:

Financial Statements

We are committed to transparency. We provide our financial results to the City of Toronto, as well as other key stakeholders.

 

See our 2015 financial statements