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A resource for all those seeking the good of the City of Toronto

(Photo by bensonkua)

In my own question to better tackle the city, I’ll be listing up every good resource I can find about the great city of Toronto.

* Contact me if something you think should be on here isn’t, this is just a random collection of stuff that has hit my radar over the last while.

If you’d like to also further contribute to this project, I’ve got a wiki at toronto.solarcrash.com ready to go.  Let me know if you’re interested.

This page will be a bit disorganized till I get a chance to sort things out.

Quick Facts

– Population > 5.1 million people – fifth largest city in North America
– Ranked by the United Nations as one of the best cities in the world to live in
– Richard Florida who wrote “Rise of the Creative Class” describes Toronto as being one of the most creative cities and is on set to be “a world leader in innovation and prosperity”
– Yet 550,000 people live below the poverty line
– The most diverse city in the world – Over 100 different ethnic communities
– Fast Company classifies Toronto as a Global Village – one of the ‘fastest’ 30 cities in the world
– 49% of the population have immigrated to Toronto in the past 10 years
– On track with a ten year plan to becoming a Global Cultural / Creative capital
– Over a thousand various festivals a year, with some of the largest in the world including Caribana, Pride week, and the international film festival
– and of course one of the Facebook capitals of the world


Toronto Neighborhood Profiles

City of Toronto Facts

Toronto Neighborhood Guide

Statscan Community Profiles

Strategy and framework to becoming a creative capital

Regional Sites

The Distillery District

Kensington Market

Faith Communities

Sanctuary – A community where the poor or excluded are particularly valued

The Meeting House


Catalyst GTA


Jeremiah House

Toronto Alliance Church

St. Gabriel’s Parish – Greenest church in America

Grace Toronto – A church for the city in the city

Young Nak English Ministry

Church of the Redeemer

Queensway Cathedral

The People’s Church with Charles Price

Morningstar Fellowship

Next Dimension Ministries

Spring Garden Church

Westminster Chapel

Presence Toronto

Toronto Catholic Worker

St. Stephen-in-the-fields – venue rental and soup kitchen

Non-Profit Organizations

Habitat for Humanity – a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization.

Action for neighbourhood change – Via United Way – a coordinated response to the growing needs, and lack of services in Toronto’s inner suburbs.

Jane’s Walk

Big Brother and Sisters of Toronto

Social Services

211 Toronto – A directory of over 20,000 community, social, health, and government services

Yee Hong Geriatric Centre – A community caring for seniors

Toronto Shelter and Housing

Toronto Food and Hunger Committee

North York Harvest Food Bank

Food Share

The Gateway – Shelter and drop-in centre for adults in the downtown core


United Way Toronto

Daily Bread Food Bank

Urban Outreach

Yonge Street Mission – A community called to demonstrate God’s love, peace and justice to people living in economic, social and spiritual poverty in Toronto.

Matthew House – A shelter in central Toronto that welcomes and assists refugees.

Scott Mission – A christian ministry of mercy and love

Urban Promise – Organization dedicated to meeting the needs of children, youth, and their families in at-risk communities across the GTA

Sketch – Working arts for street involved and homeless youth

Out of the Cold – City wide churches and synagogues partnering to provide food and shelter

Community Kitchens in Toronto profiled

Touchstone Ministries

CSM Toronto – Centre for Student Missions

Other Resources

Cardus – Formerly the Work Research Foundation

One Size Fits All? – Documentary of Fresh expressions of Church in Canada

Creative City Network of Canada

Craigslist Toronto Volunteer Section

Toronto wireless hotspots

Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) – Investing in youth wholeness

Spacing Magazine – Exploring Toronto’s Urban Landscape

Toronto Faves

Volunteer Toronto

Divine Force Company – Spirit filled urban dance

Imago – A national arts network

Toronto Christian Resource Centre



Empire Remixed

Emerging church bloglines listing

Darryl Dash

Solar Crash

Networks & Associations

Starfish Network – Regional network of house churches

614 Network

Empire Remixed

Anglican Church Diocese of Toronto

Toronto Baptist Ministries

Jesus Network


Cardus Group’s Stained Glass Urbanism Report on Toronto the Good

Toronto Star on Starting a church from scratch


Toronto Government 2.0 November 26/27th 2008

The worship project / Tyndale – Jan. 30-31 2009

Toronto Creativity and Innovation Day – April 21st

Nidus Festival – Faith, Arts, and Justice Gathering August 14-16th 2009

Toronto Festival Listing