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Introducing the Living  City Foundation

Every day, with the support of thousands of donors in the greater Toronto region, we are building The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.

The Living City Foundation supporting Toronto and Region Conservation

The Living City® Foundation is the fundraising and charitable arm of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). The Foundation exists to connect, engage, and inspire people and organizations to donate to support TRCA's Living City vision where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.

Established in 1961, the Foundation is governed by an independent volunteer board of directors and has raised millions of dollars over the years. Key TRCA programs funded by the donors through the Foundation include: outdoor education, habitat restoration, ecological monitoring, community engagement, trail development, recreational park development and other key environmental projects within the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation also serves as the support vehicle for gifts to Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The Living City Spotlight

The 24th Annual Living City Environmental Dinner - Save the Date!

May 8, 2017 - We are excited to announce the Living City Environmental Dinner will be taking place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the exclusive Granite Club.

For more information please contact Anna at adicarlo@trca.on.ca for sponsorship and tickets.

24th Annual Manulife Paddle the Don - Cancelled

May 5, 2017 - Toronto and Region Conservation, (TRCA) promotes the safe enjoyment of nature found through the nine watersheds in our jurisdiction.

When public safety is at risk, we are obligated to take every precaution including sometimes the cancellation of events. That is the unfortunate case with the 2017 Manulife Paddle the Don.

Accumulation of rain is causing fast flowing water conditions in our rivers, particularly in the Don and Humber. We are unwilling to compromise the safety of the more than 700 paddlers expected to take part in the event. Therefore, we have chosen to cancel the event this year--the first time ever in its 23 year history.

Thank You 2016

End of year message from Chair, John Allard

When my wife and I decided to move from Banff Alberta for her to take a new job in Toronto, I was very excited for her and this next chapter of our life, but was admittedly sad to be leaving the natural beauty of Banff.

Well, that was four years ago and wow, since then, I have learned a lot about the great natural areas, outdoor beauty, and recreational opportunities that exist in the GTA...continued

Michael Tucker Award

The Living City Awards 2016

The Living City Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who exemplify TRCA's vision for The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. Nominations were made by TRCA staff then evaluated and selected by TRCA Directors. Congratulations to:

The Living City Award: Regional Biodiversity - Ducks Unlimited Canada
The Living City Award: Healthy Rivers and Shorelines - Manulife
The Living City Award: Sustainable Communities - Toronto District School Board
Charles Sauriol Environmental Leadership Award - Michael Tucker

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The Living City Environmental Dinner was at TIFF!


With thanks to our presenting sponsor, Times Group Corporation, we invite you to join us at The Living City Environmental Dinner on Thursday, November 3, 2016 where we will celebrate environmental leaders with The Living City Awards and the next generation of leaders with The Living City Scholarships. If you believe in a green and sustainable city, you believe in The Living City! Please plan on joining us on November 3rd. Seating capacity is limited, so we encourage you to act today. Click here to book your tickets and sponsorship opportunities or call Scott at 416-667-6291 or Linda at 416-661-6600 x5207.

Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow Spotlight - Cadillac Fairview and Rotary Club of Toronto

It's hard to imagine a world where some children never get to see the stars. Toronto and Region Conservation and The Living City Foundation ensure this doesn't have to be the case and seek to enrich the lives of youth with nature's beauty through the Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow program. Cadillac Fairview's donation of $50,000 and the Rotary Club of Toronto's donation of $30,000 is supporting the next generation's leaders in their communities. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has generously matched these partners to reach a total gift of $160,000 for the Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow program!

Spring 2016 LAWYL

2016 Spring Employee Engagement Events

The Foundation's "Look After Where You Live" Events were a huge success this spring! We had such a great time, full of laughter and smiles. There is nothing like rolling up your sleeves and enjoying yourself, but the day was not just about having fun. It was about making the Greater Toronto Area a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live. Click on our partner links to see what they accomplished, and stay tuned for summer and fall updates!:
Futurecom | Moodys | New Gold | OMERS | Pratt & Whitney | RBC | TD

Precise ParkLink & Black Creek Pioneer Village Reinforce Strong Partnership with the Burwick House Unveiling.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Precise ParkLink , the Black Creek Pioneer Village community, Toronto and Region Conservation for the Living City and fellow politicians gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the Burwick House in name of Antonio Fabiano. With it's roots in the Black Creek area of North York, Precise ParkLink is honoured to be a supporting member to its fellow community organizations, including Black Creek Pioneer Village.

It was a touching moment for the family who built Precise ParkLink. Having the Burwick House named in memory of a family member illustrates the Black Creek Pioneer Village's gratitude to Precise ParkLink as a partner, and symbolizes their appreciation for their continuous support over the past several years.

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council presents a cheque for $1,800 to Jim Allen of The Living City Foundation at the inaugural Drive for Change Golf Tournament.

On June 9, 2016, the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC-GTC) hosted its inaugural Drive for Change Golf Tournament at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course in Etobicoke. It was a very successful tournament with 90 participants. The CaGBC-GTC donated a portion of the proceeds to The Living City Foundation, to support the ongoing effort to protect, conserve, and enhance the Don River watershed.

RBC Blue Water Leadership Grant

June 2, 2016 - The RBC Leadership Grant of $60,000 addresses the implementation of a strategic monitoring program which targets Asian Carps along the Toronto Waterfront to reduce the threat of ecosystem destruction, particularly in coastal wetlands, through an adaptive management approach to the restoration of coastal habitats. Thanks to generous funding support from RBC as well as equipment and expertise from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), TRCA has the support needed to add Asian Carp surveillance protocols to 2016 fisheries monitoring activities on the Toronto waterfront.

The 23rd Annual Manulife Paddle the Don

May 1, 2016 - The 23rd Annual Manulife Paddle the Don was a huge success thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers & supporters! Thank you! Proceeds will be used to support TRCA in the ongoing effort to protect, conserve, and enhance the Don River watershed.

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2013-2014 Impact Report

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The Living City Explorer

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The Living City Report Card 2011

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