Your opinion is important & by sharing your thoughts you have an impact on neighbourhood and city-wide decisions.
One of the great things about your local government is that?councillors and the mayor?are accessible to the public.
Your Councillor is there to talk to about things going on in your community. If you have a question or want to share your opinion, your Councillor is a good place to start.
Call or email your Councillor, or visit their website to:
Find out who your Councillor is by visiting or you can call 311.
Community council and standing committee meetings are an opportunity to voice your opinion directly to the members of City Council.
You can have your say in person or in writing. Only community councils and standing committees hear from public presenters. The public cannot speak at City Council. Contact a committee clerk for more information.
You can speak to a committee for up to five minutes on anything listed on its agenda.
Councillors might ask you questions after you speak and your name will be listed on the public record of the meeting. In order to speak at a meeting register in advance with the committee clerk. You will appear in the live broadcast and video archive of the meeting.
You can submit your comments to a committee clerk on anything listed on its agenda by email, fax or mail to the committee clerk. Your name will be listed on the public record of the meeting and your email, fax or letter will be made available for anyone to read.
Petitions can be submitted to the City Clerk or a member of City Council about an item on the agenda of a Committee or City Council meeting.
The petition, including all the names of those who have signed it become part of the public record.
By reviewing page 20 of the?procedure by-law?you will find rules about:
The City’s budget is a financial plan that describes how much money the City will bring in and spend within a year. There are two types of budget, operating and capital.
The operating budget covers day-to-day spending on services such as recreation programs, parks maintenance, public health, city roads, transit, police and other emergency services.
The capital budget funds the City’s infrastructure that supports service delivery. It pays for the construction and repair of transit, roads, bridges, parks and public buildings such as libraries, community centres and fire stations.
The City also has three rate supported programs: Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services and the Toronto Parking Authority. These programs are funded almost entirely by the user in the form of fees.
Give a deputation, which is a short five-minute speech where you can share your comments directly with Budget Committee members. To register to speak, call 416-392-4666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot attend in person to make a deputation, you can submit a written deputation to the Budget Committee by email to email@example.com, fax 416-392-2980 or mail to Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2.
City staff consult the public in a variety of ways to gather input about local or city-wide issues through meetings, open houses, online forums and more. You can find out what is happening and make sure your opinions are considered by?participating in a consultation. Consultations could be held on topics such as setting priorities for spending money, how the subway system should be expanded or a new garbage strategy.
Find out if there are any consultations or meetings happening in your community:
Households or businesses may receive information by mail from the City about a local poll.?The City conducts polls?to gather opinions about a possible change in your community. You can take part in a poll if you are 18 years old on or before the final day of polling and if you are an owner, resident or tenant of property in the polling area.
Possible poll topics include:
Municipal elections happen every four years on the fourth Monday of October.
The next general municipal election will be held on October 24, 2022. Eligible voters can vote for mayor, councillor and school board trustee.
The City is responsible for running elections on behalf of the four school boards in Toronto. The role of the school board trustee is to develop and monitor school policies, approve budgets and represent education interests of residents. The four school boards are:
A by-election can happen between general elections if a City Council or school board seat becomes vacant.
You can vote in Toronto’s municipal election or a by-election if you are:
The voters’ list is the list of eligible electors in the City of Toronto. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of property owners and tenants that is used to prepare the final voters’ list for Election Day.
To confirm, add or update your voter information during non-election cycles you can visit MPAC’s Voterlookup online tool.
For every election the City of Toronto hires people to work in voting places across the city. This is a great way to participate in the democratic process. You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to work an election. There are many roles available and everyone is encouraged to apply.
The City Clerk is committed to ensuring persons with disabilities have full and equal access to elections and the ability to vote privately and independently. Find out more information about accommodations for voters.
For information about upcoming elections: