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At a glance

The challenges facing society today are formidable. The facts and figures paint a troubling picture.

  • Nearly one in 10 Canadians was living in poverty in 2009, including 634,000 children
  • The use of food banks in Canada grew by 28% between 2008 and 2010
  • Approximately 150,000 Canadians were homeless in 2007; other estimates put the number as high as twice that
  • The number of confirmed cases of child maltreatment in Ontario nearly tripled between 1993 and 2008
  • 61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime
  • The unemployment rate in 2006 for recent immigrants to Canada with bachelor’s degrees was 11.4% – four times the rate for Canadian-born workers who were university-educated
  • By about 2015, for the first time ever, there will be more Canadians over 65 than 15 and younger; almost half of older single people live in poverty and many suffer physical, psychological or financial abuse
  • The number of people living with HIV in Canada increased by 14% from 2005 to 2008


Every day, social workers tackle society’s big issues. At the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, we are dedicated to changing lives, communities and the world. Widely known for excellence in education, scholarship and research, we are champions for the most vulnerable in society. This Academic Plan will guide us as we continue to work towards a better society.

© 2011 Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work