About Council's Priorities
Torontonians rely upon the services and programs delivered by the City of Toronto on a daily basis. Garbage collection, parks, recreation, TTC, restaurant inspection, policing, roads and libraries are only a few of the services residents and businesses in the city have come to expect from their municipal public employees, agencies, boards and commissions.
Toronto’s size and complexity are unlike that of any other Canadian city. The decisions we make as a City Council have far reaching impact on the millions of people of this City and those beyond our borders. In recent years the City has faced decreasing revenues and increasing demands on its services and programs. Clearly it is critical that the decisions made by City Council are effective and efficient.
In 2003 City Council asked the public what they wanted to see accomplished during this Council’s three year term at a series of Listening to Toronto sessions. From that original consultation, City Council established nine key priorities. A second consultation, Listening to Toronto 2, was held to provide City Council and city staff with direction on three of the priorities. Then, in June, 2005 the City partnered with the Province to hear your advice on the priority to secure a new City of Toronto Act. The establishment of City Council’s priorities has influence both program planning and budget decisions.
This report highlights accomplishments made by City Council on their nine priorities since being elected in November 2003. Additional information about many of these highlights and your local government can be found on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca.
This document provides information on each of the priorities, why they are important to the city, what City Council’s goals are for each priority and both the achievement and challenges of moving each priority forward. In addition we have included information on City Council’s actions beyond the nine priorities as an indication of the complexity of the City’s work and the many ways we are listening to the needs and visions of Torontonians.