The City of Toronto wants all Torontonians to play a role in shaping City decisions. Listening to Toronto was launched by Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Council following the November 2003 election. The first series of Listening to Toronto sessions took place in January 2004. The second session was held in November 2004.
Listening to Toronto provides an opportunity for council to consult Torontonians about important city-wide issues and the kind of strategies the municipality should consider. It complements the many hundreds of consultation activities undertaken by members of Council and City divisions on community and neighbourhood issue throughout the year. Listening to Toronto is guided by the following principles:
- The City will seek advice on city-wide topics where public advice is wanted and needed.
- The decision makers will be in the room, listening.
- Participants will be provided with good information about the topic at hand.
- The diversity of the City should be reflected in those who participate.