City Divisions won numerous awards in 2018. Learn more about their achievements.

Divisions: Municipal Licensing and Standards, and Information and Technology

Now in its 10th year, the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations for outstanding leadership and taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management. The City of Toronto was recognized for the Vehicle for Hire legislation, which was approved in May 2016 and implemented two months later.  The new regulation created rules for private transportation companies (PTC) like Uber, and significantly refined the rules for taxicabs.  Systems were also implemented to automate all PTC drivers’ licences and renewals, reduce renewal wait times for existing drivers, and allow for the issuing of PTC driver licences within 24 hours of application. This initiative mitigated approximately $3.4M in administrative licensing costs.

Divisions: Accounting Services, Corporate Finance, Design Services and Strategic Communications

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Canadian Award of Financial Reporting to the City of Toronto for its annual financial report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.

Division: Fleet Services and Purchasing and Materials Management

The City of Toronto was awarded the Gold Star Award for leadership in Business Innovation and Excellence by Sourcewell (formerly known as National Joint Powers Alliance). The Gold Star Award recognizes a city or state entity with visionary leadership that develops and embraces innovative business concepts while striving for maximum efficiency and overall excellence in business practices. This award honors the City’s Fleet Services and Purchasing divisions’ commitment, persistence, and willingness to be an example of business innovation. The City has become a strong supporter of the value cooperative purchasing can provide Canadian public entities as a component of a strategic sourcing plan – exemplifying the attributes of the Gold Star Award.

Division: Solid Waste Management Services

The City of Toronto was honoured with a Leadership Award from U.S. environmental organization Energy Vision. The award recognizes the City and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.’s innovative renewable natural gas project to create renewable natural gas from Toronto’s Green Bin organic waste.

Energy Vision is a non-profit organization that researches, analyzes, and promotes technologies and strategies required to transition toward a sustainable energy and transportation future.

Divisions: Engineering & Construction Services and Toronto Water

The City’s Linear Underground Infrastructure (Engineering & Construction Services) team is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Public Works Association‘s Project of the Year Award for their work on the Fortieth Street Sanitary Trunk Sewer and Maintenance Hole Rehabilitation project. This project was recognized in the award category, Structures $2 Million to Less Than $10 Million, for renewing a large 80 year-old-sewer pipe (Toronto Water infrastructure) with trenchless technology. The project was selected due to demonstrated environmental stewardship, excellent safety record and minimal impact to residents and local traffic.

Division: Information & Technology

The City’s Open Data team won the 2018 Open Data for Democracy Award at this year’s Canadian Open Data Summit. The Award recognizes the City’s demonstration of fostering democracy through advocating and increasing engagement, particularly through the co-development of the Council-endorsed Open Data Master Plan and successful formation of a 42-member public advisory group.

Division: Solid Waste Management Services

The City of Toronto received three excellence awards from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The City was awarded a Gold in the Education Program category as well as a Gold innovation award for the “Mayor’s Towering Challenge” initiative. The City was also awarded a Bronze Award in the Awareness Campaign category for the “Recycle Right” public education campaign. These awards recognize outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmental and economically sound solid waste management and the effective use of technologies.