Toronto’s prosperity is not shared by all. Poverty strains the social and economic fabric of our city. Increasing access to quality jobs, improving low-wage work for precarious workers, and strengthening local neighbourhood economies are our priorities. We concentrate on long-term strategies that can create sustainable economic opportunities for low- income people and communities in Toronto. Real impact requires multiple, well-aligned efforts by many partners. We invest in community-based strategies, collaborative learning and capacity building, robust research that connects policy to practice, and working with organizational partnerships to addressing systemic issues.
Inclusive Local Economies Highlights
CBC’s Michael Enright talks to Workers’ Action Centre’s Deena Ladd about the risks facing cleaners and janitors during COVID-19
CBC Radio One host Michael Enright speaks with Deena Ladd, the executive director of the Workers' Action Centre, a longtime Metcalf grantee. Cleaners and janitors are on the frontlines of our current public health emergency. Their work is vital for the public's protection and yet, for years, they been among the lowest-paid in Canada.