The Key to the City is bestowed upon distinguished persons and honoured guests of the City of Toronto.

Image of the ceremonial Key to the CityIn Toronto, the act of giving the Key to the City is symbolic, since the city has no gates to unlock, and involves the presentation of a ceremonial key to honour the outstanding civic contributions of the recipients.

Historically, it is at the discretion of the Mayor to determine who receives the Key to the City.

2018

Key to the City recipients announcement, with biographies.

  • Zanana Akande – April 30, 2018
  • Susan Gapka – April 30, 2018
  • Wilmot and Judy Matthews – April 30, 2018
  • Pat Moore – April 30, 2018
  • Peter Oundjian – April 30, 2018
  • Fran Sonshine – April 30, 2018

2017

  • His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj – July 22, 2017

2016

  • Paul Beeston – September 28, 2016
  • Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart – September 17, 2016
  • Aubrey Graham a.k.a. Drake – February 12, 2016

2013

  • Doug Holyday – August 20, 2013
  • George Chuvalo – March 26, 2013

2012

  • George Cohon – June 21, 2012

2010

  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – October 22, 2010

2005

  • Former Police Chief Julian Fantino – April 14, 2005

2003

  • Mike Myers – June 25, 2003
  • Eng. Ferro Rodrigues – July 8, 2003
  • The people of Prince Edward Island – July 28, 2003
  • The Rolling Stones – Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Michael Cohl – July 30, 2003
  • The Anson Carter Family – July 31, 2003
  • Nickelback – Ryan Vikedal, Ryan Peake, Chad Kroeger and Mike Kroeger – September 19, 2003
  • Deputy Mayor Case Ootes – SeptemberĀ 23, 2003

2002

  • Tiger Woods – May 27, 2002
  • Dr. Carlos Cesar – June 8, 2002
  • Father Tom Rosica – July 31, 2002
  • Ronnie Hawkins – October 4, 2002
  • Muhammad Ali – October 20, 2002
  • Tony Dionisio – November 2, 2002

2001

  • Boris Spremo – January 22, 2001
  • King Constantine – May 23, 2001
  • Sylvester Stallone – May 26, 2001
  • Sophia LorenĀ – June 5, 2001
  • Margaret Atwood – October 19, 2001
  • Joni Mitchell – October 19, 2001
  • Jackie Chan – November 18, 2001
  • Blue Rodeo – November 30, 2001

2000

  • Sharon, Lois & Bram – February 11, 2000
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu – February 16, 2000
  • David Boothby, Chief of Police – February 1, 2029
  • Neil Young – March 30, 2000
  • Donald Sutherland – March 30, 2000
  • His Excellency Constantinos Stephanopoulos, Pres. of the Hellenic Rep. of Greece – June 1, 2000
  • Pastor Jan Paulsen – June 2, 2000
  • Pastor Orville Parchment – June 29, 2000
  • His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj – July 23, 2000
  • Barenaked Ladies – September 21, 2000
  • J.K. Rowling – October 22, 2000

1999

  • Yo-Yo Ma – January 15, 1999
  • David Gunn – February 11, 1999
  • Norman Jewison – April 14, 1999
  • Mickey Mouse – July 21, 1999
  • Frank AlvarezĀ  – August 29, 1999
  • Jorge Ferreira – August 29, 1999
  • Celine Dion – September 17, 1999
  • Jose Lello – September 23, 1999
  • Ron Huldai – September 29, 1999
  • Joe Foti – October 5, 1999

1998

  • Mickey Rooney – June 5, 1998
  • Bobby Curtola – July 4, 1998
  • Sheldon Kennedy – July 8, 1998
  • Bobby Rahal – July 19, 1998
  • Ed Mirvish – July 26, 1998
  • Roberto Leal – August 30, 1998
  • Charles Adler – August 27, 1998
  • Nelson Mandela – September 25, 1998
  • Barbara Ann Scott-King – November 27, 1998
  • Johnny Lombardi – December 4, 1998