City releases strategy to address resilience challenges

The City of Toronto officially released Toronto’s first ever Resilience Strategy today, presenting 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 the city prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses that are increasingly part of the 21st century.

Over the past two years, the city’s Resilience Office engaged more than 8,000 Torontonians and 75 partner organizations, and leveraged more than 40 existing city plans and strategies to develop the Resilience Strategy.

The strategy supports the city’s efforts to enhance equity and adapt to climate change. Its vision is to help Toronto become a more equitable, liveable, prosperous and resilient city where every resident can thrive for decades to come.

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.

“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. 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,” said Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer.

To access the full Resilience Strategy document and for more information, please visit

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