The mission of Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (formerly The Living City Foundation) is to raise funds for the initiatives undertaken by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), especially for The Living City® program. Established in 1961, the Foundation has raised more than $50 million for conservation work in the Greater Toronto Area.


Since 1957, TRCA has monitored, protected and regenerated the nine watersheds that flow through the Toronto region into Lake Ontario.

TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City® – a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live for you today and for your children tomorrow.

One thing makes the work of TRCA unique: It protects the environment where you live, where you work and where you bring up your kids (or grandkids).

Toronto and Region Conservation’s partners are the City of Toronto, the regional municipalities of Durham, Peel and York, the Town of Mono and the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio. It serves a population of 4.3 million.

TRCA owns more than 44,000 acres of green space in the Toronto region. It owns and operates Black Creek Pioneer Village, the Kortright Centre for Conservation, Tommy Thompson Park, three outdoor education field centres and ten parks and conservation areas.

aerial view of Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park

TRCA also owns other “green gems,” such as Humber Bay Park, Bluffers Park, the Ajax Waterfront Park and the Don Valley Brick Works, that are maintained by our municipal partners.

Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation supports environmental work in three ways:

  • We fund projects that help us understand the natural environment.
  • We fund projects that encourage people to enjoy the natural environment.
  • We fund projects to look after the environment.

To understand the environment, we monitor the water and the air quality in the region at over 300 sites. Some of this work is done by volunteers.

TRCA staff conduct fish community and habitat monitoring

TRCA fish community and habitat monitoring

We also fund many projects to understand how nature works and what it needs to survive in a city region of more six million people. And we fund challenging and provocative residential and one-day outdoor education programs.

To encourage people to enjoy the environment, the foundation raises money for our popular visitor centres at Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Kortright Centre for Conservation. We also provide funding for TRCA’s parks and conservation areas. Each year, more than 500,000 visitors enjoy our facilities.

These projects and facilities would not exist without the generous support and financial commitments of our donors.

Your donation will support our dream of making the Toronto Region the most livable city in the world.