The Local is an independent magazine exploring urban health and social issues in Toronto. We take a data-driven, yet authentically human approach to storytelling on pressing issues facing the city, from poverty and homelessness, to mental health, aging, and food insecurity.

The Local is unabashedly Toronto , reporting from corners of the city that are too often ignored or misunderstood. We aim to fill a role that traditional media neglects — turning complex policy issues into compelling narratives, and addressing problems that are pressing and ongoing, even if they don’t have a news hook. As an online magazine, The Local fully embraces the digital medium to experiment with different multimedia formats not possible through print. The Local was a winner of two Canadian Online Publishing Awards in 2018.


Editor-in-Chief: Tai Huynh
Senior Editor: Jen Recknagel
Features Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown
Associate Editor: Craig Madho

Board of Directors

Chair: Chris Ellis
Directors: Howard Abrams, Adriana Beemans, Adrienne Clarke, Nora Gorman, Julia Howell, Kwame McKenzie, Pauline Pariser
Ex-Officio: Tai Huynh

Editorial Independence Policy

The Local maintains full editorial independence from all funding sources and partnerships.

As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on revenues from gifts and grants to pay our staff and contributors, and to offer high-quality content that is freely accessible to everyone. We accept gifts and grants from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our editorial judgments are made independently and not on the basis of who funds us or their specific interests. Acceptance of funding does not mean endorsement of financial supporters or their work.

We may, from time to time, receive funding to support content dealing with particular topics, but we maintain full editorial control, and do not offer a right of review prior to publication.

The Local makes public all sources of funding above $5,000 per year.


The Local receives valued financial support from Wellesley Institute, YMCA of Greater Toronto, United Way of Greater Toronto, Toronto Foundation, and Metcalf Foundation. Prior to being spun off as an independent not-for-profit in 2019, The Local was a storytelling project at UHN OpenLab where it received financial support from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and Ben and Hilda Katz Charitable Foundation. These supporters, past and present, are vital to keeping The Local operating as an ad- and paywall-free non-profit magazine.

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We are currently looking for a Guest Editor for our upcoming Indigenous Toronto issue. Join our editorial team as we put together the Spring 2020 issue, which will cover a range of important and under-reported urban Indigenous topics in Toronto. More info here.