About Social Planning Toronto

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that works to improve equity, social justice and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

SPT is a United Way "Anchor Agency." We also receive core funding from the City of Toronto.

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Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

Social Planning Toronto challenges inequity in our city — through knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaboration — to spark social and policy change.

Our Vision

An equitable, inclusive, and accessible Toronto — shaped by the diversity of its residents and rooted in social and economic justice.

Our Values

  • We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • We respect the rights, knowledge, protocols, and traditions of Indigenous peoples
  • We are independent and non-partisan
  • We are stronger through our work with partners
  • We are accountable to the community
  • We ground our work in the lived experiences and expertise of local communities
  • We are persistent and proactive, recognizing change is often a long process
  • We value evidence-based decision making




Our Program Priorities

Each year, Social Planning Toronto focuses its work in primary programs mandated by the Board of Directors and developed by our staff:

Community Capacity Building

We increase skills, knowledge, and resource development in local communities through our planners, researchers, and communications staff.

Social Research and Policy Analysis

We provide communities and organizations with the facts they need to make positive change.

Our research focuses on three key areas:

  • Income Security and Labour Markets
  • Public Education and Human Development
  • Community Infrastructure, Public Finance and Resource Allocation 

Building Partnerships

Social Planning Toronto uses its community planning, research, and communications capacities to support responses to critical challenges facing Toronto residents.

Social Planning Toronto is...

A resource for community-based action in support of community-identified issues and priorities through research, policy analysis, public education, and leadership development.

An advocate with policy makers, agencies, and institutional leaders for improved facilities, social and economic conditions, access to jobs and services.

A mobilizer of community leaders, residents, and organizations to improve equity, inclusivity, and quality of life in the city.

A convenor of social research, often with other non-profit and academic organizations, and a convenor of collaboration with service providers and residents in local communities.

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