About Living City Foundation


The mission of The Living City Foundation is to raise funds for the initiatives undertaken by Toronto and region Conservation (TRCA), especially for The Living City program. The foundation was established in 1961 and since that time, it has raised over $40 million for conservation work in the Greater Toronto Area.

Services and Programs

The Living City Foundation supports the work of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). With over 50 years' experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live for you today and for your children tomorrow.

TRCA owns over 44,000 acres of green space in the Toronto region. It owns and operates Black Creek Pioneer Village, the Kortright Centre for Conservation, Tommy Thompson Park, three outdoor education field centres and ten parks and conservation areas. It also owns other "green gems" like Humber Bay Park, Bluffers Park, the Ajax Waterfront Park and the Don Valley Brick Works. These places, and many others, are maintained by our municipal partners.

One thing makes the work of the authority unique: It protects the environment where you live, where you work and where you bring up your kids (or grandkids).

The Living City Foundation funds environmental work in three ways. We fund projects which help us understand the natural environment; we fund projects which encourage people to enjoy the natural environment and we fund projects to look after the environment.

To understand the environment, we monitor the water and the air quality in the region at over 300 sites. Some of this work is done by volunteers. We also fund many projects to understand how nature works and what it needs to survive in a city region of over six million people. We also fund challenging and provocative residential and one-day outdoor education programs.

To encourage people to enjoy the environment, the foundation raises money for our popular visitor centres at Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Kortright Centre for Conservation. We also provide funding for TRCA's parks and conservation areas. Each year, over 500,000 men, women and children enjoy our facilities.