City Council approved Community Council boundaries to reflect the 25 ward model on December 4, 2019.
Before Bill 5, Better Local Government Act came into force and established the City’s 25 wards, Toronto City Council had approved a new 47 ward model based on a ward boundary review.
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review took place between 2014 and 2017. An independent consultant reviewed Toronto’s Ward Boundaries to:
The Final Report on Toronto’s new ward boundary options was considered by City Council at its meeting on November 8 and 9, 2016, where Council voted in favour of a 47 ward boundary option.
City Council voted to conduct the Review because Toronto’s population had grown significantly since the last Review in 2000. Some city 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.
An independent team of consultants was hired by the City to conduct the Toronto Ward Boundary Review to ensure the process was not influenced by political interests. The Consultants ran 3 rounds of public consultations in the development of the ward boundary options and final recommendations to City Council over a 2.5 year process (detailed in the table below).
|Background Research||June 2014 to November 2014|
|Public Consultation on Current Ward Boundaries (Round One)||June 2014 to February 2015|
|Development of Ward Boundary Options||March 2015 to April 2015|
|Public Consultation on Ward Boundary Options (Round Two)||May 2015 to November 2015|
|Final Report with recommendations to Council||February 2016 to March 2016|
|Request for Additional Information and Consultation for City Council||May 2016 to October 2016|
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review did not cover: