Joining a board: What you need to know
Why should you apply?
The City of Toronto needs local residents to serve on high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards of directors for City agencies and corporations. Being on a City board is a unique opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with others, and gain valuable skills and experience by helping to support a public service.
What do board members do?
Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians. Members of a board may include Members of Council, residents, business owners, and community leaders.
Are you eligible to join a board?
To serve on a City board, you need to be a resident of the City of Toronto and at least 18 years of age. Relatives of Members of Council and employees of the City and its agencies and corporations are generally not eligible for appointment to City boards.
How do you apply to become a board member?
You can apply anytime for most City boards using a simple online application, even if there are no current vacancies. Your application will stay on file for three years from the date you submitted it to be considered for future vacancies on the board you applied for.
What happens after you submit your application?
Your application will be reviewed for eligibility and qualifications. When a board has a vacancy, staff will forward eligible applications to the relevant City Council Committee or Nominating Panel. The Panel will then select candidates for interviews.
How are candidates interviewed and selected?
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked a standard set of questions by the Nominating Panel. The Panel will then consider your interview and the information provided in your application and will recommend candidates to City Council for appointment.
You have joined a board of directors! What's next?
Being a board member is a demanding and rewarding experience. If you're appointed to a board, you will be given an orientation to help you learn more about your roles and responsibilities, the board's relationship to the City, and what's important for you to know as a board member.
After the initial orientation, new members will attend board meetings and begin making their contribution to the challenges and opportunities facing the City's agencies and corporations.