City of Toronto’s 47 Electoral Wards Model
Update on Ward Boundaries and the 2018 Municipal Elections
On July 30, 2018, the Province of Ontario introduced Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018. The Bill received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018 reducing the number of Toronto City wards from 47 to 25 with the boundaries aligning with current federal and provincial electoral ridings. It is anticipated that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be enacting regulations to provide further details to implement the new legislation. These changes will be in place for the October 22, 2018 municipal election.
The City Clerk will provide notice to candidates, electors and the public as it becomes available. Please continue to check Election Services for updated information, and visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to obtain additional information for the 2018 municipal election.
New Ward Boundaries for Toronto
The City of Toronto’s 2018 municipal election will be conducted using a new 47 ward boundary model for Toronto, a change from the current 44 ward model. This new 47 ward model will take effect on December 1, 2018 when the new 2018 – 2022 term of City Council begins.
Many City Council ward boundaries have changed as a result of the new model. In some cases, entirely new City Council wards have been created, with only 7 City Council ward boundaries remaining the same. To help residents and businesses find their new ward, the City has created the MyVote app which provides Torontonians information about City Council wards based on an individual address and the candidates that will be running in that ward in the 2018 Municipal Election.
A Ward Boundary review was conducted as Toronto’s population had grown significantly since the last review in 2000. Some City Council wards had grown 30 per cent to 45 per cent above the average ward population. The City was concerned that the value of a resident’s vote may not be equal across all wards if this trend continued. Information on the changes and process can be found on the Ward Boundary Review web pages.
The 47 ward boundary model is designed to last for four election cycles before a new ward boundary review is required (2018, 2022, 2026, and 2030).
View individual maps of Toronto’s new ward boundaries.
Frequently Asked Questions
City Council voted to conduct a Ward Boundary Review because Toronto’s population had grown significantly since the last Review in 2000. Some City Council wards had grown 30 per cent to 45 per cent above the average ward population. The City was concerned that the value of a resident’s vote may not be equal across all wards if this trend continued.
A map of the 47 wards that will be used to conduct the 2018 Toronto Municipal Election and will come into force on December 1, 2018 is available for downloaded. Individual maps detailing the boundaries for all 47 wards are also available for viewing and download.
ESRI Shapefile (WGS84) data can be found in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.
Electoral maps with subdivisions will be available in early September. Candidates seeking this information are asked to contact Elections Services.
The number of wards is increasing from 44 to 47.
There is 1 additional ward in central North York (29) and 3 additional wards in Downtown Toronto. In Toronto’s west end (Parkdale and Davenport), 3 wards were consolidated into 2 wards.
Other parts of the City have the same number of wards, but boundary changes reduced the size of bigger wards and increased the size of smaller wards. Each ward will have a population of about 61,000 by 2026.
Comparing Toronto’s 47 and 44 Ward Boundaries
Map comparing the ward boundaries of the 44 electoral ward model used by Toronto City Council between 2000 – 2018 and the boundaries of the 47 electoral wards that will be used by Council beginning with the Oct 22, 2018 municipal election. Of the 47 electoral wards that will be implemented for the next term of City Council, only 7 will have ward boundaries that remain the same — wards 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 33, and 35.
Find out more about specific information on the geographic impacts of the ward boundary changes on specific wards.
City Council’s decision on the new 47 ward boundary model was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board who upheld City Council’s decision with a minor change between the boundary of Ward 33 and Ward 34.
The City’s wards are identified by the numbers 1 through 47 in the City by-law that approved them.
The new wards will come into effect on December 1, 2018 at the beginning of the 2018 – 2022 Council term.
Yes. Community council boundaries must align with ward boundaries. With the adoption of new ward boundaries, community council boundaries must also change. City staff are preparing a report for City Council recommending boundary changes to community council in the spring of 2018.
To help residents and businesses find their new ward, the City has created the MyVote app which provides Torontonians information about City Council wards based on an individual address and the candidates that will be running in that ward in the 2018 Municipal Election.