NOW Readers’ Survey: The future of Toronto

Tell us what you think needs to change in Toronto as the city continues to grapple with COVID-19

What needs to change in Toronto? It’s a question NOW asked at the beginning of 2020 in a story about the city’s broken system of governance. The city already had a revenue problem, not to mention cracks in transit, housing, childcare, public health – you name it. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit in March and the world went into lockdown.

More than 1,100 people have died in Toronto alone, outbreaks ravaged the underfunded long-term care sector and nearly 540,000 jobs in the city vanished. The economy is gradually reopening and governments are pledging bailout money, but the pandemic – and latest round of protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism – will have a lasting impact.

We want to know what our readers think needs to change in Toronto as we continue to grapple with COVID-19. From housing, government and public transit to policing, healthcare and education, what are the most important issues to you, and what changes do you want to see in the short and long terms? Tell us by filling out the below survey, or send an email to letters [at]

We’ll publish a selection of responses on and in our September 17 print edition.

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Comments (1)

  • Richard Longley August 17, 2020 09:10 PM

    Worried, if a second wave – or if first wave continues – if what makes Toronto a city – cafes, bars, restaurants, sports, arts, entertainment, museums, libraries, retail, working with fellow workers, producing and raising children – remain under full or partial lockdown, Toronto will cease to be a city. Worried that construction halt might produce a city of stumps and giant holes in the ground, a city where fear of using transit produces a reversion to the car, a spread of suburban sprawl. Such a transformation might produce a crash in real estate prices and rents, making affordable housing more available but other benefits? Dunno. Solutions if this worse case scenario becomes real? Dunno either. Suggest NOW seeks solutions that will deliver for Toronto, Canada and the world 2020s that will roar without destroying the planet or ending in another great depression. Good luck, Richard Longley

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