Vision & Principles

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How it all fits together

Through the summer we consulted on the challenges that Torontonians face that rest their resiliency. We brought the results of these consultations to a series of workshops in the fall with our stakeholders and Steering Committees and consulted further on the challenges and opportunities related to our resilience as a city. The outcomes of these workshops were the draft Themes, Vision, and Principles. The illustration below shows how all of these elements will fit together in the context of the larger Strategy.

Today's shocks and stresses informed and evolved into the six themes (Equity, Climate & Environment, Housing, Getting Around, Civic Engagement, and Communities & Neighbourhoods), which combined to inform the Vision statement, which is supported by the Strategy's Principles, which guide the ResilientTO team and inform the Strategy. From there flow the Focus Areas (to be determined later based on logical groupings of actions), and then finally the Strategy's Actions.

You can read more about the Shocks and Stresses here, and about the Themes here.


Draft Vision for a more Resilient Toronto

The draft Vision for a more Resilient Toronto was developed out of the conversations at our workshops on September 7th and 17th, 2018. Workshop participants had an opportunity to help refine the statement through a follow-up survey, and it will be further refined based on feedback from the public on Monday, December 10, 2018.

A resilient Toronto is…. A place that creates space for diversity and recognizes every resident's right to the city. Led by brave and caring people who reflect the diversity of the communities they represent. A place where residents feel empowered to help shape their communities and where government works in deep collaboration with the people it represents to advance an agenda of fairness and prosperity for everyone. A city of connected communities, where residents feel heard, share common goals, and have broad empathy and understanding for one another. People know the history of Indigenous Peoples and are committed to reconciliation. Connected to long-term climate and sustainability practices that are embedded in how we do things, and allow us to adapt to an uncertain, changing climate. A place where we each feel connected to the natural world, and where we think about the now as well as far into the future. Easy to move around in, whether by foot, on a bicycle, in a car, on by transit, with multiple options that are efficient, safe, and affordable for every resident. Home. A place where housing is a right, and every resident has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live. A place where every resident can thrive.


Draft Principles for a more Resilient Toronto

The draft Principles for a more Resilient Toronto are both a lens through which potential Actions for the Strategy are evaluated, as well as a sort of manifesto for how the Resilience Office will undertake its work. They were developed with input primarily from our Steering Committees, using data collected through public and stakeholder consultation. The public will have an opportunity to help refine the draft Principles at our Open House on Monday, December 10th.

ResilientTO should:

  • Advance resilience within an overall framework of equity that helps all Torontonians to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of any challenge
  • Be a bold leader while making space for champions of this work
  • Embrace risk and advocate for change
  • Measure, show, and share success
  • Stay connected to communities
  • Focus for impact and prioritize actions that are implementable
  • Be considerate of resource implications and leverage partnerships across sectors to advance implementation


How it all fits together

Through the summer we consulted on the challenges that Torontonians face that rest their resiliency. We brought the results of these consultations to a series of workshops in the fall with our stakeholders and Steering Committees and consulted further on the challenges and opportunities related to our resilience as a city. The outcomes of these workshops were the draft Themes, Vision, and Principles. The illustration below shows how all of these elements will fit together in the context of the larger Strategy.

Today's shocks and stresses informed and evolved into the six themes (Equity, Climate & Environment, Housing, Getting Around, Civic Engagement, and Communities & Neighbourhoods), which combined to inform the Vision statement, which is supported by the Strategy's Principles, which guide the ResilientTO team and inform the Strategy. From there flow the Focus Areas (to be determined later based on logical groupings of actions), and then finally the Strategy's Actions.

You can read more about the Shocks and Stresses here, and about the Themes here.


Draft Vision for a more Resilient Toronto

The draft Vision for a more Resilient Toronto was developed out of the conversations at our workshops on September 7th and 17th, 2018. Workshop participants had an opportunity to help refine the statement through a follow-up survey, and it will be further refined based on feedback from the public on Monday, December 10, 2018.

A resilient Toronto is…. A place that creates space for diversity and recognizes every resident's right to the city. Led by brave and caring people who reflect the diversity of the communities they represent. A place where residents feel empowered to help shape their communities and where government works in deep collaboration with the people it represents to advance an agenda of fairness and prosperity for everyone. A city of connected communities, where residents feel heard, share common goals, and have broad empathy and understanding for one another. People know the history of Indigenous Peoples and are committed to reconciliation. Connected to long-term climate and sustainability practices that are embedded in how we do things, and allow us to adapt to an uncertain, changing climate. A place where we each feel connected to the natural world, and where we think about the now as well as far into the future. Easy to move around in, whether by foot, on a bicycle, in a car, on by transit, with multiple options that are efficient, safe, and affordable for every resident. Home. A place where housing is a right, and every resident has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live. A place where every resident can thrive.


Draft Principles for a more Resilient Toronto

The draft Principles for a more Resilient Toronto are both a lens through which potential Actions for the Strategy are evaluated, as well as a sort of manifesto for how the Resilience Office will undertake its work. They were developed with input primarily from our Steering Committees, using data collected through public and stakeholder consultation. The public will have an opportunity to help refine the draft Principles at our Open House on Monday, December 10th.

ResilientTO should:

  • Advance resilience within an overall framework of equity that helps all Torontonians to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of any challenge
  • Be a bold leader while making space for champions of this work
  • Embrace risk and advocate for change
  • Measure, show, and share success
  • Stay connected to communities
  • Focus for impact and prioritize actions that are implementable
  • Be considerate of resource implications and leverage partnerships across sectors to advance implementation