City of Toronto’s New Ward Boundaries
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. Beginning May 1, 2018 the City’s MyVote app will provide 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.
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.
Beginning on May 1, 2018 you can check the City’s “MyVote” app to identify the ward you live in and the candidates that will be running in your ward in the 2018 Municipal Election.
Information about the 2018 municipal election is available at www.toronto.ca/elections.
You can contact Meg Shields, Acting Director of Corporate Policy at 416-392-0523 or Meg.Shields@toronto.ca.