How appointments are made
City Council appoints members of Council and Toronto residents to serve on the boards of directors of City agencies, boards, commissions and corporations (ABCCs) and other special purpose bodies (SPBs).
Council also makes nominations for appointment to a number of external bodies.
The majority of Council member board and committee appointments are recommended for Council approval by the City's Striking Committee. In some cases, the relevant Community Council or other committee of Council is involved in the appointments process.
The City uses a number of processes to recruit and select Toronto residents for appointment to a board or special purpose body. These processes are set out in the City's Public Appointments Policy for anyone who may be interested in applying.
City Council adopted this policy to enable it to achieve its objectives for access, equity and diversity in public appointments. The policy serves as a guide for Council members and City staff to ensure consistency, integrity, and fairness in administering the process.
The appointment of Toronto residents to serve on a City board is generally recommended for Council approval by the City's Civic Appointments Committee. For City and partnered corporations, the recommendations are made by a corporations nominating panel.
In the case of community-based boards, the Community Councils have delegated authority to appoint Toronto residents to these bodies, providing the appointments comply with the City's Public Appointments Policy.
Opportunities to apply for a public appointment may be posted throughout the term of Council, so please visit Current opportunities and Get involved on the City's website on a regular basis.
Learn more about Council's commitment to appoint boards and committees that reflect the diversity of the community.