We engage the key players, including business, labour, academic, non-profit and community sectors, in addition to all three orders of government, and even the unusual suspects, to leverage their collective energy, networks and thought leadership.

Below, see the key reports emerging from our work. 

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2019 Impact Report: Drawn Together for a Purpose

Around the world, power structures are being challenged and who’s responsible for solving the issues we face is shifting. Consider how big city mayors and companies have stood up for climate change in the U.S. in the face of higher government inaction. Or the World Economic Forum putting mental health on its agenda.

Today’s world needs diverse leaders with vision, who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and reach across the aisle or ideological lines to find solutions that work. The big, complex challenges of today need an all hands on deck approach.

In 2019, CivicAction continued to bring civic players from all sectors to make the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area a better place to live. 

Posted November 2019.

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June 2019: Drawn Together for a Purpose

Canvas, CivicAction’s 2019 Summit, was not only a huge event itself, but it also marked a period that saw 1200 civic designers, artists and collaborators from all sectors generate nearly 800 ideas to set our new action plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

The day was centred on five of the pressing urban challenges in the GTHA: getting ready for the future of work, tackling housing affordability, preparing for extreme weather, preventing sex trafficking, and unlocking inclusive leadership.

Drawn Together for a Purpose gives a snapshot into Canvas and its related activities, from who was in the room to the key themes that emerged from discussions, and what’s ahead for Team Action.

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December 2018: Now Hiring: The Skills Companies Want that Young Canadians Need

65% of kids entering primary school today will hold jobs that don’t exist yet. So what can we do to help young people understand the changing nature of work, and make it easier for employers to find talent?

CivicAction partnered with LinkedIn Canada and Knockri, to create Now Hiring: The Skills Companies Want that Young Canadians Need, a report that provides new insights into the future of work in Canada and provides a potential roadmap forward for youth, employers and governments. Now Hiring also compares three markets across Canada—Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax—to help map out what is happening across the country.

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November 2018: Taking Action – Impact Report 2018

From tackling youth unemployment to building a pipeline of diverse leaders to improving workplace mental health, 2018 has been a year of action for both CivicAction and the CivicAction Leadership Foundation.

But action is a team sport, and we’ve been fortunate to work with a full roster of partners who help us achieve our vision of a region that works for all of its residents. Our thanks to everyone who has helped get us closer to this vision over the past year.

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December 2017: Leaders Live Here – Impact Report 2017

CivicAction’s vision is to create a region where everyone recognizes that they have a role to play in our collective success and is taking action to shape a better future. The CivicAction Leadership Foundation supports this work by harnessing the power of diverse leaders to build strong, dynamic and inclusive cities.

In 2017 we spent the year making impact–from activating rising leaders to moving the needle on workplace mental health and youth unemployment–we’re thrilled to share the full results of our work. Thank you to the incredible network of supporters who make all of our work possible.

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July 2017: Blueprints for Action: Minimizing Homeowner Flood Risk in the GTHA

In 2013, Toronto witnessed dramatic flooding brought on by a powerful summer storm. It overwhelmed local sewer infrastructure and flooded homes and basements, leaving $1 billion in insured property damage and allocated loss adjustment expenses.

Since then, homeowners have taken little action. According to a survey completed for Public Safety Canada, 74% of Canadians have not protected their homes from flooding and 54% were not concerned about flooding in their area.

In response to these findings, CivicAction and the Insurance Bureau of Canada convened organizations from across sectors to discuss strategies in a regional forum to engage and activate Toronto region homeowners to minimize their vulnerability to flood risk.

This report outlines key collaborations and ideas coming out of the forum that can motivate GTHA residents to better prepare themselves for home basement flooding.

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“We all like to point out what needs to change in our cities. CivicAction does something about it. This is an organization devoted to identifying areas where the city can improve, figuring out how we can contribute, then getting it done. Rinse and repeat. I love that.”

Cameron Bailey, CivicAction Board of Directors; Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

September 2016: Infrastructure for Today & Tomorrow – Ensuring We Get It Right

In 2016, the federal government committed $60 billion in new infrastructure funding over the next 10 years – a critically important investment in the future of Canada.

In response to this new chapter in our nation’s infrastructure story, CivicAction – in partnership with Deloitte – conducted a series of roundtables and interviews with civic and community leaders from across the GTHA, representing the not-for-profit, private, labour, academic, and municipal and provincial government sectors.

This report is the outcome of this process, and provides a set of recommendations to help guide sound infrastructure investment decisions.

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April 2016: Mental Health in the Workplace – Let’s Make it Happen

With research partners Morneau Shepell and the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis, we’ve learned the scope of how mental health impacts the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area labour force. Along with this powerful data, we’re calling on employers and colleagues to take simple steps now to better support co-workers. 

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April 2016: Unlocking New Insights & Potential From Our Technology Workforce: Real-Time Big Data in the Toronto Region

This report summarizes the findings of CivicAction’s research with LinkedIn using real-time data as a source of labour market information. Through our partnership with the world’s largest online professional network, new insights surfaced about the technology skills employers are hiring for in the Toronto region and the role that online platforms can play in providing new information on real-time skills needs.

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December 2015: Over the Finish Line – Race, Reduce, Repeat 

This final report tells the story of the Race to Reduce, the final results, and shares energy conservation best practices for creating sustainable change within Canada’s office sector.

The report also includes tips and tools for launching a voluntary energy reduction challenge in your own city.

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September 2015: Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers – Reaching the Next Level of Opportunity

This progress report recaps our collaborative work on the youth unemployment front over the last year, by discussing successes, lessons learned, and next steps for each pilot project, and includes stories from numerous champions and stakeholders who joined us on this important initiative. For additional reading: Appendix 1 – Evaluation ReportAppendix 2 – Media Coverage

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June 2015: Better City Bootcamp – Jumping Into Action, Boots on the Ground

The 2015 CivicAction Summit: Better City Bootcamp was an intense, action-oriented day that convened close to 1,000 leaders to set the regional agenda for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) over the next four years. Better City Bootcamp looked at five foundational issues at the core of the health and resilience of our people and communities – infrastructure, public space, mental health, affordable housing, and childhood health.

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September 2014: Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers – Companies and Youth Moving Up in the World 

Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers connects youth facing barriers with jobs through collaboration with a large tent of players – government, private sector and not-for profit. By engaging small and medium-sized businesses, bringing job opportunities into the open, closing the skills gap, and connecting youth with role models, CivicAction is making the job market more transparent and giving new networks to youth who currently don’t have them.

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Spring 2014: Remarkable Alliances-Changing the Energy Conversation within Canada’s Office Sector

This report chronicles the initial stages of our journey to transforming the energy conversation in the commercial office sector through the Race to Reduce

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Fall 2013: Insights on Diversity in Leadership

DiverseCity launched in 2008, setting out to change the face of leadership in the Greater Toronto Area. This document summarizes our collection of DiverseCity reports from 2008-2013. We hope it will help keep the momentum for change alive in our city. We also believe it will serve to ignite a passion for counting in cities across Canada and around the word.

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May 2013: Our Region, Our Move: Accelerating investment in our transportation network

On April 17, 2013, 300 civic leaders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) convened at the CivicAction Forum: Our Region, Our Move. The event marked a milestone in CivicAction’s Your32 campaign and in our region’s efforts to tackle its traffic congestion crisis.

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July 2011: Breaking Boundaries: Time to Think and Act Like a Region

On February 10 and 11, 2011, when over 1,000 regional leaders from business, government, non-profits, labour and academia came together at CivicAction’s Greater Toronto Summit 2011, they were following in the footsteps of thousands of others who, since 2002, have worked together to identify and respond in innovative ways to our region’s strengths, challenges and opportunities.

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January 2011: The Living City Report Card-An assessment of the environmental health of the Greater Toronto area

Greening Greater Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) collaborated to produce this independent, unique analysis of the drivers that influence the GTA’s environmental performance, assesses where we’re making progress, sets out short and long-term targets, and assigns grades by rating current environmental conditions against the long-term targets. It goes on to identify opportunities for action by GTA leaders, organizations and residents.

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November 2008: The Value of Diverse Leadership

This report examines in detail the nature of the benefits associated with diverse leadership and highlights how organizations and communities can maximize them. It has been prepared for DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, an initiative of Maytree and the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction), to help foster greater understanding of the benefits of diversity of leadership and knowledge about how this in turn can strengthen organizations and communities. 

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July 2008: Greening Greater Toronto

At the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s 2007 Toronto City Summit, over 600 leaders from across the GTA called for a regional environmental vision that could build on existing efforts and leadership: Greening Greater Toronto was the result. This report represents a roadmap towards a greener region, one that can build on existing initiatives and help harness our strengths to get us there. 

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November 2007: Making Big Things Happen

On February 26-27, 2007, over 630 Toronto region leaders participated in the third Summit, Toronto Summit 2007: Making Big Things Happen. This document contains the highlights of the Summit 2007 discussions and summarizes the opportunities for making decisions and taking actions that will make big things happen in our region.

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May 2006: Time for a Fair Deal

The Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults was formed in the fall of 2004 by the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) and by St. Christopher House, a multi-service neighbourhood centre that works with low income people in Toronto. All of the Task Force members are united in a belief that the current income security system is broken, and that all orders of government must come to the table to secure the needed reforms.

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August 2004: Assessment of the Toront03 Alliance’s Tourism Recovery Efforts

The T03 Alliance was formed in June 2003 to help revitalize the tourism industry in Toronto and surrounding regions (e.g. Niagara, Stratford, and Muskoka) post-SARS. This report provides a review of the impact of the Toront03 Alliance’s (T03) activities on bringing US tourists back to Toronto post-SARS.

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April 2003: Enough Talk-An Action Plan for the Toronto Region

The Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) was formed to address the challenges the first Toronto City Summit identified as critical to our shared future– finance, infrastructure, education, immigration and the underlying health of our regional economy. This report highlights key issues facing the region and outlines an action plan where progress can be made quickly. 

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