Being informed is a great first step to participating in decision making. There are many opportunities for you to find out what is happening in Toronto and many different tools to help with that.
City Council and committee meetings take place at City Hall and the civic centres. You are always welcome to attend and no tickets are required. If you cannot be there in person, you can stream meetings online. The only time a meeting is not open to the public is when confidential information is being discussed.
Find out when the next Council meeting is scheduled.
You can find Council and committee meeting agendas, decisions, background reports and correspondence from the public on the City Council website at toronto.ca/council.
You can use the website to:
- search for agenda items that affect your neighbourhood or issues you are interested in
- see the attendance and voting records of the Mayor and Councillors
- access the same information councillors receive before their meetings, including recommendations, background reports and correspondence from the public.
Agendas are published a week in advance of meetings and are updated as information is added.
Decisions of committees and City Council are usually published the same or next day.
Subscribing to City Council and committee email updates is a great way to stay informed. You can:
- read about what is being discussed and what decisions have been made.
- subscribe to receive email updates about other important topics you’re interested in such as news and information, road closures and community involvement.
The City is required to give notice to the public on a wide range of matters including planning, development and heritage activity, fees and budgets, property sales and other subjects. The City gives notice through the newspaper, mail, or personal service, depending on legislation it also gives information through the new online Public Notice portal.
There are many ways you can access City of Toronto information. A great way to start is by contacting 311, searching the toronto.ca website or by contacting City staff. Many types of City information can be accessed without asking, for example:
- The City of Toronto Archives keeps records that document the history of Toronto such as City Council bylaws, aerial maps, photographs, neighbourhood plans, assessment rolls and architectural drawings. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram
- The City’s open data portal provides data sets for you to use. People use the data in a variety of ways, such as for research or developing applications.
In cases where information is not already available, you may also file a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request. Learn when and how to make an FOI request.
City information is public and everyone has a right to access it; however, there are a few exceptions such as where records contain personal information. City records containing personal information, for example phone numbers or birthdates must be carefully managed and kept private.
Education programs for school and community groups are available at the Toronto Archives and City Hall. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-392-5561.