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 won four Digital Publishing Awards in 2021, including the grand prize: General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small Publications). It won two Digital Publishing Awards in 2020. It also won a Canadian Online Publishing Award in 2019, and another two in 2018.

The Local is a member of Press Forward.


Editor-in-Chief: Tai Huynh
Senior Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown
Manager of Operations: Craig Madho

Board of Directors

Chair: Chris Ellis
Directors: Adriana Beemans, Adrienne Clarke, David Gildiner, Nora Gorman, Julia Howell, Pauline Pariser, Michael Torres
Ex-Officio: Tai Huynh


As part of our code of ethics, The Local makes public all sources of funding above $5,000 per year. In its most recent year of operation, The Local received valued financial support from the following sources:

Wellesley Institute
YMCA of Greater Toronto
United Way of Greater Toronto
Toronto Foundation
Metcalf Foundation
Atkinson Foundation
Inspirit Foundation

Ben and Hilda Katz Charitable Foundation
Vohra Miller Foundation
James Shenkman & Denise Zarn
Galen Macdonald & Ellie Marshall
Dr. Andrew Morris
Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

Hundreds of supporters have contributed various amounts, up to $100 one-time or quarterly.

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.

We maintain full editorial independence from all funding sources at all times.

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