Mandate and Responsibilities

The Rooming House Licensing Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are quasi-judicial positions which consider applications for new licences and the renewal of existing licences for rooming houses located within the geographic area of the old City of Toronto. Currently, there are more than 500 rooming house licences in effect in the former City of Toronto.

The authorities and responsibilities delegated to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are outlined in Chapter 285, ‘Rooming Houses’, of the Municipal Code for the former City of Toronto. They have been delegated any of the powers of Council with respect to licence issuing, suspension, renewal or revocation of any rooming house licence in the former City of Toronto, including the imposition of conditions upon the owner prior to and as a condition of, the issuance, suspension, renewal or revocation of the license.

Board Size and Composition

Two members of the public are appointed as Rooming House Licensing Commissioner and Deputy Rooming House Licensing Commissioner.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizens are eligible for appointment, and eligible to remain appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Former Council Members who served in the immediately preceding term of Council are ineligible for appointment.


In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, appointees are to have:

  • a good understanding of the Rooming House Licensing By-law, other relevant by-laws and provincial legislation and the Statutory Powers Procedure Act;
  • familiarity with the concepts of natural justice/fairness;
  • excellent listening skills, open-mindedness, sound judgement, and tact;
  • ability to mediate;
  • ability to organize and analyze evidence (written and oral);
  • demonstrated ability to write a clear, well-reasoned decision that takes into account the evidence, the submissions, the law and policy;
  • a commitment to public service and to uphold a high standard of ethics;
  • good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a team;
  • the ability to work under time pressures;
  • flexible work schedule to allow attendance at hearings; and
  • willing and available to attend training programs once appointed.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members are recruited through an advertised recruitment process. The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.


Approximately 15 to 25 hearings are held in a year.


Citizen Members: $230 for each hearing attended, up to a maximum remuneration of $8,050 per year.