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 the winner of the 2022 Press Freedom Award for its groundbreaking coverage of the pandemic in Peel Region. The Local also won two National Magazine Awards and two Digital Publishing Awards in 2022, including the prestigious General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small Publication) for a second year in a row. The Local won a total of four Digital Publishing Awards in 2021 and another two Digital Publishing Awards in 2020.
Board of Directors
Chair: Chris Ellis
Directors: Adriana Beemans, 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 not-for-profit organization, 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.
As part of our code of ethics, The Local makes public all sources of funding above $5,000 per year. We maintain full editorial independence from all funding sources at all times. In its most recent year of operation, The Local received valued financial support from the following sources:
YMCA of Greater Toronto
United Way of Greater Toronto
Vohra Miller Foundation
Ben and Hilda Katz Charitable Foundation
James Shenkman & Denise Zarn
Galen Macdonald & Ellie Marshall
Dr. Andrew Morris
Canadian Periodical Fund
In addition to the major financial contributors above, 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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