Mandate and Responsibilities

Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a city board and the City has full authority over its mandate and structure.

TTC is responsible for all forms of local passenger transportation within the urban area of Toronto, except for railways incorporated under federal and provincial statutes, school buses and taxis, and operates a public transit system consisting of a network of subways, streetcars, buses and Wheel Trans, a specialized service for people who require accessible transportation.

The TTC’s functions are to construct, maintain and operate a local passenger transportation system, and to establish new passenger transportation services where required. The TTC may also operate parking lots in connection with the transit system, and may enter into an agreement with municipalities or persons situated within 40 kilometres of Toronto to operate a local transportation service.

Board Size and Composition

The TTC’s Board of Directors, or Commission, consists of 11 members and is composed of:

  • 7 Council Members; and
  • 4 citizen members.

Chair and Vice-Chair

City Council appoints a Council Member as the Chair of the Board. The Board elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its citizen members.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Applicants who are owners, employees or agents of companies that are engaged in business with the TTC, or could be reasonably expected to engage in procurement opportunities with the TTC on transit related projects, are not eligible for appointment as citizen members to the Board of the TTC.


Citizen members of the Board shall have directorship and executive-level experience and collectively represent a range of skills, knowledge and experience with one or more large organizations in the following areas:

  • strategic business management, including transformative change management;
  • financial management, accounting, law, engineering;
    • customer service or marketing management;
    • management or planning with a rail or public transit organization;
    • formulation and/or management of public-private partnerships;
    • capital project/construction management or capital procurement/supply chain management;
    • operations and information technology;
    • labour relations/industrial safety management;
    • professional knowledge and working experience of urban sustainability, intersectionality and inclusive governance; and
    • understanding and/or experience with Toronto Transit Commission operations.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members of the Board 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.


Meetings are held regularly once a month and additional meetings may be called. Meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.


Citizen Vice-Chair: remuneration of $10,000 per year plus $450 per meeting attended.

Citizen Members: remuneration of $5,000 per year plus $450 per meeting attended.

No remuneration is paid to Council Members on the Board.