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One in five children live in poverty

More than 1.34 million Canadian children – almost one in five – are living in poverty, according to this year’s national poverty report card from Campaign 2000, a non-partisan coalition of 120 groups and individuals co-ordinated by Family Service Toronto.

Canada’s new government appears poised to tackle the issue with progressive measures including a new national benefit that could lift 315,000 out of poverty, states the report entitled  Let’s Do This: Let’s End Child Poverty for Good.

The report card also includes the latest statistics on child and family poverty and the impact poverty has on multiple dimensions of children’s lives – including health, mental health, educational achievement and future employment opportunities.

Toronto Star, Nov. 24, 2015: High hopes for federal action to end child poverty

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City laneway named for former FST staffer

Rosemarie Popham

An Upper Beaches laneway has been named for Rosemarie Popham, a social worker and child and family advocate who died of cancer in 1998.

Popham campaigned for the eradication of child poverty as FST’s social action director in the 1980s and 1990s and was also co-founder and national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, a national non-partisan coalition promoting support for the 1989 unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000.

Former and current FST colleagues attended the laneway naming ceremony on Oct. 24.

Live Construction Camera            

View the building progress of our new downtown office as it takes shape on Church Street two blocks south of Carlton Street.

FST has partnered with Tridel for their Alter condominium project which will sit 29 storeys above our new four-storey office podium fronting Church Street.

FST previously occupied the site and has temporarily relocated its counselling and central administrative services to 128A Sterling Road in the city’s west end.

Watch for our return to a redeveloped Church Street location tentatively in late 2017.

Free counselling on Wednesdays

Family Service Toronto offers walk-in sessions for those in need of immediate or urgent counselling one night per week.

The sessions are offered Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. to individuals, couples and families on a first-come first-served basis at our Downtown West location at 202-128A Sterling Road, two blocks west of Lansdowne Avenue between Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. Limited parking is available onsite. Further information on TTC access is available on our Office Locations page. Download our flyer for a map and directions.

All members of the community are welcome with no restrictions based on age or address. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. at the latest. Our last appointment starts at 6:45.  There may be times when all people who attend the walk-in can not be seen due to capacity issues.

The Walk-In program is not able to provide child care/ child minding services.  If your child(ren) require supervision, please make arrangements for a child minder to take care or your child(ren) at home or, if necessary, you can bring your child minder with you to the walk-in.  Please be aware that young children are not permitted to attend sessions with their parents due to the sensitive nature of the work done in each session. 

No appointment or referral is required. Counselling is offered in English. Some of our counsellors are fluent in other languages (French, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish and possibly other languages; to confirm call 416-595-9618).

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City adopts interim report on poverty strategy

TO Prosperity: Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy

Toronto City Council has taken a bold step towards helping the city's poor by adopting an ambitious poverty reduction strategy outlined in an interim report released in June. Council voted 40 to 2 on July 7 to adopt the report and develop an implementation plan.

Over the summer and early fall, City staff will work closely with partners, including community members, on a final strategy for presentation to City Council in November.

Family Service Toronto has been a key supporter of the city's efforts to reduce poverty and was represented by Anita Khanna, Director of Social Action and Community Building, on the team which advised city staff through the process of
developing the report and resulting recommendations.

The report states 29 per cent of children, 30 per cent of people with disabilities, 33 per cent of people from visible minorities, 37 per cent of female lone parents, and 46 per cent of recent immigrants live in poverty.

Further information is available through the city at TO Prosperity.

FST releases 2014-15 Annual Report

FST's new 2014-15 Annual Report highlights the many celebrations, activities and achievements of our Centennial year in 2014. It also features information about the programs and services offered over the past fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 and accounts for all monies spent by the organization.

As required, the accounts and financial transactions are audited by an independent auditor appointed by FST's Board of Directors. The audited financial statements were received at our Annual General Meeting on June 17, 2015.

A Century of Community Service - a booklet highlighting our 100 years of work and accomplishments from 1914-2014 - is also available for download as a PDF or online reading.
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