Research and reports
Learn more about It's More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being
Learn more about Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty
Working at the forefront of change
United Way Toronto invests in research to build evidence-based strategies to change community conditions. By sharing our ideas and findings, we work to raise the understanding of the diverse civic, social and economic fabric of our city, and how we can affect real, lasting change in areas of our community where it’s needed most.
United Way Toronto’s newest report, It’s More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being examines dramatic changes in precarious employment over the last few decades, revealing that only sixty percent of all workers in our region have stable, secure jobs. In addition to looking at the impact of precarious employment on individuals, the report also looked at its harmful effect on families and communities.
Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty: Declining Income, Housing Quality and Community Life in Toronto’s Inner Suburban High-Rise Apartments, released in January 2011, presented new data on the growing concentration of poverty in the City of Toronto and the role that high-rise housing is playing in this trend. The report tracks the continued growth in the spatial concentration of poverty in Toronto neighbourhoods, and in high-rise buildings within neighbourhoods. It then examines the quality of life that high-rise buildings are providing to tenants today. Its primary focus is on privately owned building stock in Toronto’s inner suburbs. This research is part of United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy.
Along with Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty, United Way Toronto has released other reports, including Strong Neighbourhoods: A Call to Action (2005), Poverty by Postal Code (2004) and Decade of Decline (2002).
Along with Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty, the findings of these reports will continue to inform and shape the future advocacy and development work within our community, creating a better future for all.