The Office of the Mayor provides support to the Mayor as the Head of Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the City, as prescribed in the City of Toronto Act, 2006, c. 133 and c. 134.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for the Office of the Mayor for detailed information, including key accomplishments. You can also review budget highlights below.

In accordance with the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (c133), it is the role of the Mayor, as Head of City Council,

  • To act as the Chief Executive Officer of the City;
  • To preside over Council meetings so that City business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
  • To provide leadership to Council;
  • To represent the City and Council at official functions; and
  • To carry out duties as Head of Council under the Act and under any other legislation.

The Mayor’s role also includes providing information and making recommendations to Council with respect to Council’s role in clauses 131 (d) and (e) in the City of Toronto Act.

These include:

(d) to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decision of Council;

(e)  to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the City, including the activities of the senior management of the City.

In addition, as Chief Executive Officer of the City (c. 134), the Mayor shall:

(a)   uphold and promote the purposes of the City;

(b)   Promote public involvement in the City’s activities

(c)   Act as the representative of the City both within and outside the City, and promote the City locally, nationally and internationally; and

(d)  Participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the City and its residents.

Operating Budget

The 2019 Operating Budget Request for the Mayor’s Office is for $2.6 million gross, $2.6 million net.


  • 12.9% budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to meet the operational requirements of the Office.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily for CPI adjustment for the Mayor and known inflationary adjustments for non-payroll items.

Priority Actions

  • Building the Council-approved transit network plan – this plan includes proceeding with multiple transit projects at once, so we can get on with building as much as we can
  • Continuing the rollout of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • Building 40,000 affordable housing units in next 12 years.
  • Continue working with provincial and federal governments to secure more funding to help build much-needed infrastructure, supportive and affordable housing and tackle our capital backlog so that the burden is not borne by property taxpayers alone.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.