The Office of the Mayor provides the 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.

 Budget Notes

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.

2018 Budget Summary

The 2018 Operating Budget is $2.251 million gross and net.

The 2018 Operating Budget of $2.251 million gross and net is unchanged from the 2017 Approved Operating Budget and meets Council’s approved budget target of a 0% increase for 2018.

Fast Facts

  • The Mayor is Head of the City Council which governs the City of Toronto. With 2.9 million residents, Toronto is the largest city in Canada with 8% of Canada’s total population and is the 4th largest city in North America.
  • The Council term is four years. Mayor John Tory was elected in October 2014 and assumed office on December 1, 2014.
  • The Mayor’s Office budget and staff complement provides the funding for the Mayor’s priorities and requirements of the Mayor to carry out his statutory responsibilities and mandate.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

In accordance with the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (c. 133), 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 roles 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.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Tackling Traffic
    • Coordinating and accelerating road construction, and ensuring existing traffic laws are enforced, such as tagging and towing illegally parked vehicles blocking lanes during rush hour.
    • Modernizing Toronto’s traffic-fighting measures including smart signals and traffic wardens.
    • Improving transit by continuing to fund bus routes cut by previous administrations and supporting expanded service implemented early on in the Mayor’s term.
  • Building Transit
    • Funding and building SmartTrack – a plan that will allow Toronto transit riders to take the train in the city.
    • Building a transit network plan – this Council-approved plan includes proceeding with multiple transit projects at once, so we can get on with building as much as well can. Along with SmartTrack, transit projects in this network plan include the relief line, the Scarborough subway, the Eglinton East LRT and waterfront transit.
    • Opening and funding the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Expansion – a six-station extension of Line 1.
  • Keeping Toronto Affordable
    • Supporting a 2018 TTC fare freeze and the introduction of time-based transfers for the TTC.
    • Continuing the Kids Ride Free program introduced in 2015 which has led to a doubling of youth ridership on the TTC.
    • Taking action on housing to provide safe, affordable housing for the people of Toronto who need it.
    • Continuing to fund unit repairs at Toronto Community Housing and ensuring no units will be permanently closed in 2018.
    • Delivering a property tax increase at or below the rate of inflation.
    • Encouraging the City of Toronto government to modernize and find efficiencies to keep the cost of City services affordable.
    • Creating the Poverty Reduction Strategy – a 20-year plan to address income inequality – and continuing its rollout
  • Representing Toronto
    • Ensuring stable and responsible government at Toronto City Hall – representing a Toronto that values all residents and supporting the City’s motto, ‘Diversity Our Strength.’
    • Standing up for Toronto’s needs in negotiations with the provincial and federal government.
    • Encouraging investment in Toronto by keeping taxes down, supporting provincial education initiatives, and encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

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.