City Council

Toronto City Council has direct responsibility for the City’s services. Council also indirectly oversees other major services delivered through its agencies and corporations, such as the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and the Toronto Public Library.

Toronto’s City Council is made up of theMayor and 44 Councillors. The Mayor is the only member of Council who is elected by voters from across the City. Each Councillor is elected by voters in one of 44 wards (a geographic area of the city). The term of office for the Mayor and Council is four years.

The role of Council as set out in the City of Toronto Act, 2006is:

  • to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the City
  • to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the City
  • to determine which services the City provides
  • to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council
  • to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the City, including the activities of the senior management of the City of Toronto
  • to maintain the financial integrity of the City and
  • to carry out the duties of Council under this or any other Act

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