Imagine a city where every person feels they belong; where everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive and accomplish their goals.

As a local, Christian development agency, we believe that each and every one of the 500,000 people experiencing poverty in Toronto has immense value. All our resources and energy at Yonge Street Mission (YSM) are focused on working to respond to immediate needs and help people move from surviving to thriving.

We believe if we combine our collective resources and wisdom, together we can reach our goal of ending chronic poverty in a generation. We invite you to join us.

At YSM, everything we do is grounded in our values and guiding principles. Click here to learn more.

We understand poverty. Since 1896, YSM has provided wraparound support and services making it possible for individuals, families and communities to move forward. As a developmental agency specializing in poverty-related challenges, we work closely with individuals, families, children, youth, and entire communities living with chronic poverty. Our aim is to help them rise out of poverty.

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With YSM, there are volunteer opportunities for every talent and timetable.


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A Divided City

Toronto is Canada’s largest and richest city and consistently ranks in the top three of more than 4,000 cities to live in globally.

However, Toronto is also the child poverty capital of Canada with one in four children living in poverty.

500,000 Toronto residents struggle with poverty, of them, 37% are female single parents and 46% are recent immigrants.

Nearly 1 million workers hold two or more jobs and over 2 million people are stuck in temporary employment.

On average, a low income family has less than $10.04 a day for basic needs, such as food, after rent.

Join us, and learn more about how you can get involved and help us Transform Toronto.