Toronto has announced its first ever resilience strategy, presenting what it describes as a holistic approach to building a more resilient city. Toronto is the second Canadian city and the 62nd city internationally to release a resilience strategy.
In 2016, Toronto joined the global network hosted by 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), to help it prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses.
The strategy aims to support Toronto’s efforts to enhance equity and adapt to climate change. Its vision is to help it become a more equitable, liveable, prosperous and resilient city.
Over the past two years, the city’s Resilience Office has engaged more than 8,000 Torontonians and 75 partner organisations and leveraged more than 40 existing city plans and strategies to develop its resilience strategy.
“Toronto’s weather is getting hotter, wetter and wilder and our climate risks are increasing. We are also growing in inequality, which increases our vulnerability,” said Elliott Cappell, chief resilience officer.
“Our growing risks and vulnerabilities are interconnected, as those who are most vulnerable, in many cases, are also at highest risk. This resilience strategy helps us to address these urgent and growing challenges.”
“Toronto’s weather is getting hotter, wetter and wilder and our climate risks are increasing. We are also growing in inequality, which increases our vulnerability”
The resilience strategy presents priority actions such as retrofitting apartment towers, making investments to combat flooding, and providing support to residents to make their homes and communities more resilient.
“The city of Toronto has long been a leader in resilience, from land use planning innovations such as the Toronto Green Standard, to social programmes such as tower and neighbourhood revitalisation, and leadership in infrastructure development,” added Chris Murray, city manager.
“Resilience is a process: this strategy is the next big step to build on everything we are doing to make Toronto a resilient city.”