Publications

Poverty Reduction

Province of Ontario

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy(2014-2019)

Poverty Reduction Strategy 2015

City of Toronto

To Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Direct links to key Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy documents and reports including staff reports, briefing notes and work plans. Documents and Reports 

$15 & Fairness

Fact Sheet

A $15 minimum wage is a central part of lifting workers out of poverty, but there are many other changes that need to be made to push back against low-wage and precarious work. Fact Sheet 

Toronto Transit Commission

Fair Fare Coalition

The Fair Fare Coalition is committed to working together to make public transit more accessible, now and in the long-term, for all community members, especially people who do not have other travel options. Fair Fare Coalition

Ideas 42

Poverty Interrupted

Safe And Affordable Housing

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions and ending housing discrimination across Ontario.

Human Rights & Rental Housing in Ontario

Facilitating Local Responses to Housing Discrimination 

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) works to better the housing situation of low-income Ontario residents including tenants, co-op members and people who are homeless. Resources

Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for better rights for Tenants.

Toronto Tenants

Tenant Survival Manual

Guide to Tenant Rights

City of Toronto Research and Reports

Research and staff reports including the social housing waiting list statistics, and updates on shelters, homelessness, social housing, and rooming houses.

Daily Shelter Census

Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Lets Talk Housing

Let’s Talk Housing: Community Conversations

Food Security

Violence Against Women

METRAC

METRAC works to end gender-based violence across communities through education, research and policy. Resources

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer—an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. Resources

The Ontario Women’s Directorate

The Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) works to increase women’s economic security and to end violence against women.

Trauma And Women

Jean Tweed Centre

Trauma Matters

Since its founding, the Jean Tweed Centre has grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse, mental health and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer—an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. Resources 

Harm Reduction

Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force

Peer Manual

Toronto Drop-In Network

Resources

Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

Resources

Through better knowledge transfer and non-judgmental support services, this program works to ensure that users and communities stay safer and healthier.

City of Toronto

Toronto Drug Strategy

The Toronto Drug Strategy (TDS) is a comprehensive drug strategy for the City of Toronto based on four integrated parts—prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement.

Sistering

Harm Reduction Brochure

Health Care And Mental Health

Peer Artistry

Peer Artistry

Peer Artistry is a train-the-trainer program for women to learn to design and facilitate their own art programming. The Peer Artistry pilot was held at Sistering from October to December 2016. Six women completed a six-session art facilitation training and led two art workshops each with other women at Sistering’s Drop In. Workshop participants had the choice to include their art in a group exhibition held at Sistering in February 2017.

The Peer Artistry pilot included research on the impact of peer-led art programming on the social inclusion of women who may be facing issues of mental health, addiction and social marginalization. In particular, the project looked at how art facilitation training and art workshops impacted self-esteem, social participation and access to resources for women who access Sistering’s 24/7 Drop In. The Peer Artistry pilot led to learnings about best practices for art programming within drop in settings. As well, the Peer Artistry model showed specific indicators for why arts and culture programming are important to the wellbeing of women who face systemic issues around poverty, gender violence and social marginalization.

Peer Artistry Facilitation

Peer Artistry Curriculum

Principle Investigators 
Erin Howley & Tekla Hendrickson
Training Design
Erin Howley & Theresa Morin
Training Facilitator
Erin Howley
Barb Aikman

Homelessness

The Homeless Hub

The Homeless Hub, a web-based research library and information centre, addresses the need for a single place to find homelessness information from across Canada.

Sistering

Women and Homelessness

2009 Demographic Survey

City of Toronto

Toronto Homelessness Research Symposium

Housing Stability Service Planning Framework

Vibrant Canada

Resources

The Salvation Army

Ending Homelessness and Strategies for Emergency Shelters