Elections and the City of Toronto

Voting is a fundamental part of our democracy. When you vote, you are selecting representatives who will make the laws and policies that determine how our City functions and how we live together. In Toronto’s municipal election you vote for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee.

Toronto City Council is the main governing and legislative body of the City of Toronto. City Council is made up of the Mayor and 44 Councillors. The Mayor is the only member of Council who is elected by voters from across the city. Each councillor represents one of Toronto’s 44 municipal wards (a geographic area of the city). Elected trustees make up a school board. The number of trustees on a board is based on the population in the board’s area of jurisdiction.

Unlike other orders of government, there are no political parties at the municipal level. Elections happen once every four years. The next municipal election will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018.

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