A second chance to create a more liveable city for all
This June, Torontonians will go to the polls to elect the city’s next mayor. So far, 102 people have registered to run for the top job. Whoever wins, Toronto’s next mayor has a lot of work to do to build a better city.
Toronto residents are tired of being ignored. They’re fed up with our crumbling city, struggling with the cost of living crisis, and stressed out by the city’s decades-long affordable housing emergency. Residents want action on the climate crisis. They want a city government that treats unhoused people with respect and compassion and where the right to housing is more than an empty promise. Voters are looking for bold leadership from City Hall.
This June, Toronto residents will have an important decision to make. Their choice will set the direction for the city for the next three years. Let’s make sure the mayoral candidates earn our vote — with a compelling vision, a concrete plan, and a strong track record for creating a more liveable, equitable and sustainable city for all.
Mayoral By-election: Where, when, and how
The mayoral by-election takes place on June 26. But you don’t have to wait for election day. You can vote at any of the advance vote locations during the advance vote period, June 8-13 across the city. Find out if you are eligible to vote, when to vote, where to vote, how to vote, who is running, and how to register to run for Mayor on the City of Toronto’s website.
Fact Sheets on Key Election Issues
SPT has prepared a number of fact sheets on key election issues, including community safety, the environment, connectivity, housing, community services and spaces, poverty and food insecurity, local democracy, and municipal revenues.
Election Outreach Tools
In preparation for engagement around the United Way/TMU/Star mayor's debate, Ontario for All, Social Planning Toronto, and the Toronto Metropolitan University are providing support for nonprofits across the City to connect to their communities. We have created nonpartisan voter-engagement tools, to help nonprofits engage their communities on issues, and get more people involved in shaping the future of our City.
The Local has prepared a Candidate Tracker, which will be a living document that is updated throughout the period leading up to the by-election.
Monday, May 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto St, Etobicoke, ON M8V 2E7. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, May 31, in the evening at Toronto Metropolitan University's Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3. Click here for more information.
Monday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5.
- This debate, titled "Anybody Home: How to Solve Toronto's Housing Crisis," will be hosted by CBC Toronto, the University of Toronto's School of Cities, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto, and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). It will be moderated by Marivel Taruc of CBC Toronto. Check back later for more information.
Mayoral By-Election Training Series
Progress Toronto is offering free election-focused trainings and workshops, online and in-person, to help residents organize around a progressive mayoral candidate.
City for All
The City for All platform remains an important reference for mobilizing Toronto residents around key issues as we strive to make the city more liveable and just for all.
Democratic Engagement Exchange
The Democratic Engagement Exchange has put together resources for the upcoming by-election, including an election handbook, a vote popup kit, online workshops, and handouts.
People-Centered Civic Engagement for Systems Change
Toronto Neighbourhood Centres has a library of resource areas relevant to the upcoming mayoral by-election, including civic engagement tools, case studies, and election preparation kits.
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News, opinion, and analysis
On "strong mayor" powers
- Ontario passes 'strong mayor' legislation, giving Toronto, Ottawa mayors veto power
- ‘Strong mayor’ powers contingent on aligning with provincial goals
- Former Toronto mayors warn ‘Strong Mayors’ act will harm local democracy
- Doug Ford is Premier of Ontario. Why does he want to be Mayor of Toronto?
- What all Toronto mayoral candidates should say about being a ‘Strong Mayor’
- PODCAST: Spacing Radio 067, Toronto Election: the case against a strong mayor system
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