Blueprint for Social Change: Breaking the cycles of poverty & criminal behaviour in Toronto


Creating an integrated and effective early prevention model targeted to support at-risk youth involves a macro understanding of the problem.

We estimate that there are 700-800 repeat offender youth that are responsible for the vast majority of criminal charges brought against young people annually in Toronto. In many instances, the root of this problem can be traced back to the inter-generational behaviours prevalent in highly disfunctional families living in negative environments associated with Toronto Community housing projects, mostly found in priority neighbourhoods.

Toronto now has 31 priority neighbourhoods, now euphemistically called Neigbourhood Improvement Areas. We can deduce that each of these areas of the city has approximately 26 high risk youth living within them who have all developed habitual criminal behaviour.  The majority of these troubled youth would have displayed anti-social behavioural patterns that could have been identified by the school system as early as Grade 1.


We believe that community-based, early prevention programs and strategic partnerships with the school system will pay massive financial dividends to society. Integrated best practice programs geared toward breaking the cycle of both criminal behaviour and poverty can transform the lives of these youth long before they become a serious burden on society.


PACT’s Blueprint for Social Change provides a proven, cost effective and scalable plan to address the needs of a majority of these young people whether they are at-risk of criminal behavior or already caught up in the Justice System. A plan to transform all priority neighbourhoods and ultimately create urban peace by transforming our city.

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Click here to read entire PDF: Blueprint for Social Change (updated June 2016)

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