The Local is a non-profit online magazine covering urban health and social issues in Toronto.

We are unabashedly Toronto, reporting from corners of the city that are too often ignored or misunderstood, with bylines as diverse as the city itself. We aim to fill a role that traditional media neglects—turning complex policy issues into compelling narratives, and addressing problems that are systemic and ongoing, even if they don’t have a news hook.

We publish four quarterly issues a year, as well as regular one-off features and investigations tackling a range of social issues—from housing and transit to climate, education, labour, and urban health.

The Local’s journalism has reached every corner of the city, landed on important desks in Queen’s Park and City Hall, and impacted city life in numerous ways.

The Local has won 18 national awards over the last five years, including three National Magazine Awards, 12 Digital Publishing Awards, two Canadian Association of Journalists Award and the Press Freedom Award. Most notably, The Local has been awarded the prestigious General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small Publication) prize three years in a row (2021, 2022, and 2023).

The Local (formally The Local TO Publishing) is a Registered Journalism Organization, and a member of Press Forward.


Editor-in-Chief: Tai Huynh
Executive Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown
Associate Editor: Inori Roy
Reporter: Wency Leung
Manager of Operations: Craig Madho
Fundraising Associate: Carmen Clayton

Board of Directors

Chair: Chris Ellis
Directors: Sagal Ali, Amirah El-Safty, David Gildiner, Nora Gorman, Laura Quinn, Michael Torres

Our History

The Local began as a hyper-local storytelling project at UHN OpenLab, a design and innovation studio, in 2017. It was spun off as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2019, with initial financial support from Wellesley Institute, United Way Greater Toronto, Toronto Foundation, and YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Our Supporters

As a non-profit, we rely on various sources of revenue to pay our staff and contributors, and to offer high-quality content that is freely accessible to everyone. Vital to keeping The Local operating as an ad- and paywall-free magazine is our growing community of financial supporters. They include philanthropic foundations and individual readers like you.

The Local makes public all sources of funding above $5,000 per year as part of our code of ethics. In addition to these major financial contributors, The Local is supported by hundreds of individual readers who have generously donated various amounts—one-time, monthly, or yearly.

Interested in supporting our work? It’s really quick and easy through our secure payment portal. The Local is a Registered Journalism Organization, which means supporters get a charitable tax receipt.

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The Local StoryLab

The Local StoryLab works with mission-driven organizations to help tell their stories. It uses The Local‘s journalism expertise and resources to tell in-depth, human-centred stories on issues of concern to client organizations. Stories live on those organizations’ websites and platforms, and income from The Local StoryLab helps to fund the journalism of The Local.

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