Councillor Ana Bailão
Ward 9 Davenport
Deputy Mayor for the south area of the City
Chief of Staff
Constituency and Planning Manager
Constituency and Planning Assistant
Aline Dala Valle
Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão serves as City Councillor for Ward 9 (Davenport). She has been a member of Toronto City Council since 2010 and was re-elected in 2018 with the support of well over 80% of the residents of her community, the largest margin of victory for any Councillor in the City of Toronto.
At the start of the new term of office in 2018, Ana was re-appointed as Deputy Mayor, a member of the Mayor’s Executive Committee and as Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, one of the City’s four critical decision-making standing committees that reports to City Council. She will also serve on the boards of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and “CreateTO,” which manages all of the City’s real estate assets. She is also the Chair of the Corporations Nominating Panel, which recommends candidates for appointment to the City’s corporations. As a member of the Special Committee on Governance, she will be working to address the challenges created as a result of the significant changes to City Council’s structure in this term of office. Ana also represents the City at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
In her first term of office, Ana served as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee at a critical and challenging time for the City. She had to contend with significant reductions in external funding for housing across the City among other issues. As Chair, she significantly advanced the City’s housing agenda, including reducing barriers for private sector-builders by increasing incentives to build more affordable housing, and she successfully opposed the sale of Toronto Community Housing Corporation single-family homes, preserving this important portfolio while also restoring its financial viability.
Ana commenced her academic studies as a student at West Toronto Collegiate before studying Sociology at the University of Toronto. She has also completed the Directors Education Program, a joint program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, knowledge she now brings to the boards upon which she serves on behalf of the City of Toronto.
Ana has deep roots in the cultural diversity of the Davenport community and retains the strong work ethic that has characterized her life since she first arrived in Canada from Portugal at fifteen years of age. Remembering the challenges and opportunities she personally experienced as a newcomer to Canada, she has always been a champion for lower-income families and individuals, a strong voice for women and a person dedicated to assisting new Canadians within the Davenport community and across the City.
Ana’s dedication to the Davenport community led her to join initiatives such as “Digin” and “GreenHere”, and she co-founded the “Friends of Dovercourt Park.” Ana’s dedication to new Canadians was manifested in her decision to serve as President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals as well as President of the Working Women Community Centre, organizing with immigrant and refugee women and their families.
Prior to public service, Ana achieved considerable success within the private sector, developing leadership and consensus building skills while serving in senior roles within the banking and healthcare IT sectors.
In addition to her work on affordable housing issues, Ana continues to be a strong advocate for the arts, previously serving on the boards of Artscape and the Toronto Arts Council. She has championed locally based projects such as the Toronto Media Arts Centre and new and affordable live and work spaces for Toronto’s artist community.
Ana is also a champion for economic development, successfully advocating to create the City’s Social Procurement Program to expand opportunities for small and medium sized businesses and non-profit companies who do social good in our city. She advanced an innovative business climate as a former board member of Invest Toronto and worked to develop stronger economic relations with South America including the establishment of the Rio de Janeiro-Toronto Friendship City Agreement.
With her return to Toronto City Council in 2018, Ana will continue her central role within the City’s government where she is recognized as a decisive, innovative and compassionate decision-maker at Toronto City Council while remaining devoted to serving the Ward 9 (Davenport) community where she grew up and continues to live.
(Information provided by the Councillor)