Eligibility, Term of Office, and Remuneration
Am I eligible to serve on a City board?
To be eligible for appointment to a City board, you must be:
You do not have to be a Canadian citizen, except for a few specific boards like the Toronto Public Library Board. Review the eligibility requirements in each agency's description for these details.
Relatives of current Members of Council and City staff or employees of City agencies and corporations are not eligible to serve as a public member on a City board. With very few exceptions, those serving on another City board are not eligible for appointment to a board in the same term. Further details on eligibility requirements and restrictions are listed in Part 2 of the Public Appointments Policy.
How long will I serve on a board?
Board members typically serve four year terms, though the term of office is shorter in some cases. Current board members who are eligible and willing may apply to serve a second term. The limit on length of service is two consecutive terms on the same board.
Is this a full-time job? Will I be paid?
Being on a City board of directors is not a full-time job, but a unique opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with others, and gain valuable skills and experience by helping to support a public service. Board members are not typically paid for their service, except in certain cases. The City of Toronto Citizen Remuneration Policy states that remuneration is paid only when the board operates in a business environment, where a payment is required by legislation, when duties are adjudicative and time commitment is substantial, and for specific financial expertise. Review the remuneration information posted for each agency for more information.
Members of Council do not receive additional remuneration beyond their salaries for serving on the board of a City agency or corporation.
For more information on the rates of remuneration, please refer to the Annual Rates of Board Remuneration for Citizen Members.
Reimbursements for Expenses and Travel
Under the City of Toronto Expense and Travel Reimbursement Policy, City boards may reimburse members for expenses. The Policy sets out guidelines for boards who decide to reimburse certain expenses within the context of the board's activities and budget.