Community Engagement

Social Planning Toronto plays a leadership role, working with residents and nonprofit organizations in community coalitions, partnership projects and local initiatives across Toronto. This work promotes social justice, equity and engagement in our city. It builds local leadership, works to amplify the voices and perspectives of residents often excluded from public policy-making, and brings new programs and resources to communities.

Community Coalitions We Support


Toronto Nonprofit Network

TNN is a new and growing city-wide network of more than 100 nonprofit organizations from a wide range of sectors including social services, arts and culture, health, education and sports and recreation. We bring the diverse voices of the city’s nonprofit sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

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SPACE Coalition

SPACE is diverse group of city and provincial organizations, community groups and individuals that aims to maximize community use of public space.

SPT contact: Sharma Queiser

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Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto

For more than 15 years, MCMCT has been working to make Toronto a city where all children 6-12 years old and their families have equitable opportunities and resources to thrive. We bring parents and service providers together to highlight the importance of middle childhood and access to out-of-school-time programs.

SPT contact: Sharma Queiser


Faith In The City

FITC seeks to encourage faith communities to engage with their neighbourhoods, to reach across their traditional faith boundaries and partner with other faith communities, non-profit organizations, and the City of Toronto, to build healthier neighbourhoods, and to be active in creating a better city for everyone.

SPT contact: Israt Ahmed

Communities Our Planners Work In

Social Planning Toronto's community planners are actively involved in supporting and collaborating with neighbourhood networks and resident-led groups on multiple initiatives. We are currently working with the following groups. 


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Voices of Scarborough

Voices of Scarborough is a group of residents, activists, and individuals directly affected by issues such as worker, refugee, and tenant rights. Founded by West Scarborough Community Legal Services and community members, we aim to amplify the voices that need to be heard to make real changes in our community and advocate for those not able to access adequate legal services. 

SPT contact: Israt Ahmed

Power in Community

Power in Community is a coalition of tenants, Scarborough residents, middle-class residents, low-income individuals, and advocates organizing for affordable homes in Toronto.

SPT contact: Israt Ahmed


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Jane Finch Housing Coalition

The Jane Finch Housing Coalition (JFHC) is a new coalition of residents, organizations, and community organizers working towards housing justice.

SPT contact: Saroja Ponnambalam


Friends of Flemingdon Park

Friends of Flemingdon is a resident-led group that has raised almost a million dollars for infrastructure improvements in Flemingdon Park.

SPT contact: Saroja Ponnambalam

Flemingdon Thorncliffe Inter‑Agency Network

(Governance, Civic Engagement, and Community Engagement Committee)

SPT contact: Saroja Ponnambalam


Lawrence Heights Inter‑Organizational Network

(Civic Engagement Committee)

LHION is a coalition of emerging groups, service providers, and other organizations delivering programs and services in the communities of Lawrence Heights, Lotherton Pathway, and Neptune. It works with the City’s Neighbourhood Action Team and residents to coordinate efforts toward building healthy and sustainable communities.

SPT contact: Saroja Ponnambalam

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