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, with bylines as diverse as the city itself. We publish in-depth features, essays, data journalism and commentary, alongside multimedia and other experimental forms of storytelling. The Local aims 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.
The Local has won 13 national awards over the last three years, including two National Magazine Awards, 10 Digital Publishing Awards, 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).
Board of Directors
Chair: Chris Ellis
Directors: Sagal Ali, Amirah El-Safty, David Gildiner, Nora Gorman, Julia Howell, Pauline Pariser, Michael Torres
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.
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.
Interested in working with The Local StoryLab? Contact us at email@example.com
The Local is currently looking for a talented, Toronto-based journalist to join our team as a full-time, permanent staff reporter to cover beats like public education and labour. Apply here.