Our pilot project has now concluded!
Getting involved needs to be easier and more inclusive.
So much can be accomplished when our community works together. That’s why we’re asking you to weigh in on what’s happening in your neighbourhood. As your Annex Residents' Association, we can better serve our diverse community if we can hear more from everyone. We are a purely volunteer organization that has been representing the community since 1925 and is Canada’s oldest residents’ association.
We partnered with local not-for-profit Digital Public Square (DPS) to bring you Community Reflect: a privacy-first tool built by DPS to help people get more involved in their communities even when circumstances keep them apart. From planning and development, to safety, and to the environment, we want to make it easier for you to weigh in with us - and each other. As you learn about what we’re working on, and share your views, you will be able to compare responses from across the community.
The results of this project will help the Annex Residents' Association prioritize issues and guide day to day conversations with community leaders, stakeholders, and local government. We hope that in addition to getting to know more about each other, you leave the experience a little more informed about what’s currently happening in the Annex.
The Annex is one of the most distinctive neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Known for its incredible community, livability, and architecture, the Annex is bordered by Bloor Street West to the south, the rail tracks along Dupont Street to the north, Bathurst Street to the west, and Avenue Road to the east.
The Annex Residents' Association and Digital Public Square acknowledge that the Annex is on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13, signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties, signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
We partnered with Digital Public Square, a not-for-profit that creates good technology for communities.
Digital Public Square believes communities are healthier and more resilient when they are inclusive, connected, and have opportunities to generate meaningful engagement. In 2019, we began this project together to trial new technology built by DPS that evolves how people connect to work better together. Community Reflect never asks you to trade privacy for participation.
Digital Public Square builds technology in collaboration with the communities that use it. They partnered with us to find out if there are better ways to connect with each other on what matters beyond the walls of social media. Let’s find out together.
Community Reflect is just one of the ways we’re working to connect with everyone in our neighbourhood. It is not intended to be a replacement for how we meet and work together. Whether you want to give this a try or not, let us know in the feedback section below.
Community Reflect is designed so people can use it without sharing any personally identifiable information.
Community Reflect offers significant privacy protections. Under no circumstances do Digital Public Square or the Annex Residents' Association collect personally identifiable information without your consent, which is information that could be used to identify you—meaning you are free to remain de-identified when you use Community Reflect. This tool does not store your Internet Protocol (IP) address.
If you're willing, it helps the Annex Residents' Assocation and Digital Public Square better understand your responses in Community Reflect when you share broad socio-demographic information with us (e.g. age, gender, residence type). If you choose to share personally identifiable information with us, we ensure that information is not stored along with your responses to the community topics. All personally identifiable information will be deleted from Community Reflect after 6 months and kept by the Annex Residents' Association only for the purposes of membership and newsletter signups.