Toronto City Council

Toronto City Council is the legislative body of the municipal government of Toronto, Ontario. It comprises 25 city councillors, who are elected to represent various wards throughout the city, and the mayor of Toronto – presently John Tory – who is elected city-wide, and serves as head of council. Toronto City Council currently meets at the Toronto City Hall, at 100 Queen Street West.

Toronto City Council
Type
Type
Unicameral city council
History
Established1998
New session started
December 1, 2018
Leadership
John Tory
since December 1, 2014
Frances Nunziata
since December 1, 2010[1]
Shelley Carroll
since December 4, 2018[1]
Structure
Seats25 plus Mayor
Length of term
4 years
AuthorityCity of Toronto Act, 2006
Salary$192,503.43 (Mayor)
$114,306.06 (Councillor)[2]
Elections
Last election
October 22, 2018
(25 seats)
Next election
October 2022
(? seats)
Meeting place
Council Chamber
Toronto City Hall
Toronto, Ontario
Website
toronto.ca/city-government/council

The council was to have 47 wards for its current term, an increase from the 44 previous wards following a ward boundary review, which sought to correct more effective representation. However, the provincial government passed legislation during the municipal election to align the wards with the city's provincial and federal riding boundaries, creating 25 wards. The legislation was initially ruled unconstitutional by the Superior Court of Justice, citing a Charter of Rights and Freedoms violation. The lower court's decision was stayed and eventually overturned by the appeals court and the election occurred with the 25-ward model. The decision is currently being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.[3]