Toronto is Canada’s 6th largest government and requires a broad, permissive legislative framework to achieve “made-for-Toronto” policies commensurate with its size, responsibilities, diversity and economic and cultural significance.  The City of Toronto Act, 2006 (COTA) came into force on January l, 2007.

With COTA, Toronto’s government has broad powers to pass by-laws regarding matters that range from public safety to the city’s economic, social and environmental well-being, subject to certain limitations.  City by-laws now can better deal with the financial management of Toronto, determine the means and levels of service delivery and provide for the accountability and transparency of its operations.

New powers, new opportunities

Key elements of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 include: