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Making Toronto Fun & Accessible for Children & Youth

My City Too is an initiative by Earth Day Canada and 8 80 Cities to develop a strategy that advances outdoor free play and independent mobility for children across the city of Toronto.

According to UNICEF’s

Index of Child and Youth Wellbeing and Sustainability

Canada ranks 25th out of 41 countries in overall child and youth well-being.  When children are asked to report on their own personal sense of well-being, Canada’s ranks 29th. UNICEF has developed the Child-friendly City framework to support Municipalities to improve child and youth well-being.

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According to UNICEF, lack of child-led, outdoor play and independent mobility contribute significantly to these rankings.  My City Too is working to support Toronto in becoming a Child-friendly City through increasing outdoor free play and independent mobility options for children and youth. Over the course of 2019, both organizations will convene Toronto families and children, municipal leaders, and child advocates to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges in providing children with access to outdoor free play and independent mobility. These conversations will inform a strategy for Toronto to establish itself as a child-friendly city that actively supports outdoor free play and independent mobility.

My City Too is working closely with the City of Toronto’s Child-Friendly TO initiative.
Check out our joint statement here.

My City Too is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation with advisory support from
UNICEF Canada and Green Communities Canada.

How to get involved

 

My City Too wants to hear from you!

Help us make Toronto a more child-friendly city – take our My City Too survey!

This 10-minute survey is intended for parents and caregivers with a child 12 or under. It asks questions about outdoor free play (the ability for children to play outside on their own) and independent mobility (the ability for children to walk, bike, and take public transit on their own). Data and quotes will help inform and develop the strategy to advance outdoor free play and independent mobility for children across the City of Toronto.

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