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A celebration of all things Toronto: from Bloor West Village to Church Wellesley Village; from Chinatown to Corktown; from Rosedale to Riverdale; from Little India to Little Italy…and beyond!join-toronto-ly

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It’s a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.

Learn and share about your Toronto:

  • Toronto’s history;
  • Toronto’s geography:
  • Toronto’s diversity;
  • Toronto’s arts and culture;
  • Toronto’s business and economic development;
  • Toronto’s government structure;
  • Toronto’s entertainment and tourism;
  • Toronto’s infrastructure and future;

…and so much more!


A Celebration Of All Things Toronto!

TRANSFORM TO: First TransformTO Report


The City of Toronto, like many other cities in the world, has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

Reaching this goal will require big changes in the ways that we live, travel, work and consume goods and services, which will in turn affect everything from the structure of our local economy, to the types of jobs we hold, to our education and training programs, and more.

TransformTO is a collaborative project engaging the community in achieving an 80% reduction in Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


First TransformTO Report
The first of two TransformTO Reports will be presented to the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on November 14. Meeting agenda and details are available online. Watch the Parks and Environment Committee live at

The report will identify short-term actions to set Toronto on the path to meet our targets including our interim goal of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 against 1990 levels. A second report in 2017 will quantify longer-term transformational strategies needed to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

Technical scenario modelling and community feedback helped identify a list of the short-term actions that will be included in the first report.  More long-term actions will be recommended in the second report in 2017. Toronto’s greenhouse gas reduction targets support provincial and federal government’s long-term goals for carbon reduction.

Equity and Climate Change

TransformTO was selected through a competitive process to host one of the first cohort of fellows in Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Building Diversity Fellowship program.  USDN sponsored TransformTO to hire a fellow for the summer of 2016 to complete work linking issues of social equity and environmental sustainability.

The TransformTO Engagement & Equity report created through the USDN Building Diversity Fellowship offers valuable advice for TransformTO going forward on how best to engage marginalized and equity-seeking groups in developing climate action plans and designing and implementing climate solutions.  Key findings include more localized outreach initiatives in different areas of the city; more visual communication; the centering of community and lived-experience; highlighting connections between climate and social issues; and participatory carbon budgeting

Take a look at the Equity and Engagement Report!

Credit: CBC

TransformTO Talks with Modelling Advisory Group

TransformTO advisors have a lot of multi-sectoral expertise in the areas of carbon reduction, social equity, health, and economy. Toronto Atmospheric Fund is interviewing group members to weigh in on different ways carbon reduction can impact our city, and their advice will help to inform our process. The first in the series of interviews is with urban planner Sean Hertel on social equity and transit. Read the full interview here.

More information about TransformTO is available at

Marsha’s Story

marshaI have been interested in realestate for many many years, but had not bought anything for some time. I ran into Shawn at several different open houses and he was both engaging and knowledgeable.

When I was looking at condos, I generally called the listing agent, but Shawn had shown my son and I a condo, so when one came up that I was really interested in, I called him. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to buy it, as I had been looking for about four years. Shawn made it happen, that night. I felt that he was both assertive and polite. I like that.

More importantly however, Shawn knew that my intention was to rent it for several years before I move in.

I know that Shawn is very busy in sales…but he assured my that he would rent it for me should I need his help. I was able to rent it, but, I know absolutely that had I needed him he would have come through. Elli came to the condo to sign
a rental agreement, but it wasn’t necessary after all.

I trust Shawn, and would definitely use him again.

Five tips for first-time buyers

No matter how much time you spend on researching and educating yourself about your home purchase, it’s hard to cover every detail. Here are a few tips for avoiding rookie mistakes with your first home purchase.


  1. Save as early as you can: Even if you think you’re years away from buying your first home, try to start saving for your down payment. It makes a huge difference in your monthly payments, and helps avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance.
  2. Be thorough with mortgage shopping: There are countless resources out there that can help you get the best terms for your mortgage. It may seem like a lot of work to shave less than a point off your mortgage rate, but it’ll save you thousands in the long run.
  3. Consult a skeptic: You’re likely to fall in love with a home, and that can make it difficult to take problems seriously. Bring along a skeptical friend or family member who can give you an honest opinion.
  4. Be patient with getting settled: You’ll be anxious to make your new home your own, but take some time to see how your budget truly shakes out. In other words, hold off on big furniture purchases and remodeling projects.
  5. Make sure you’re happy with the neighborhood: The house may be perfect, but don’t discount the surroundings. You don’t want to end up in the suburbs if you’re going to miss walking to your favorite coffee shop, and you don’t want to settle for the city if you’re looking forward to some peace and quiet.

Toronto’s condo inventory at a decade low as buyers priced out of ground-level housing eye high-rise units | Financial Post

Homeowners in Canada’s largest city facing rapidly rising prices for ground level housing are driving up demand in Toronto’s condominium market, as buyers are increasingly looking for larger units

Source: Toronto’s condo inventory at a decade low as buyers priced out of ground-level housing eye high-rise units | Financial Post