Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these positions vacant?

The office of Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York is vacant following the resignation of Councillor Joe Cressy effective April 30, 2022.

The office of Ward 13 – Toronto Centre is vacant following the resignation of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam effective May 4, 2022.

Why is City Council filling these positions by appointment?

Under the Municipal Elections Act, a by-election is prohibited after March 31st in the year of a general election. Seats can also not be left vacant if there is more than 90 days between the date of the vacancy and the date of the next general election.

City Council must also fill the vacancy within 60 days of declaring the seat vacant.

Who is eligible for appointment?

Candidates for appointment must be qualified electors in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act:

  • Resides in Toronto or is the owner or tenant of land in Toronto, or the spouse of such owner or tenant
  • Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old and
  • Not otherwise prohibited from holding office
  • The appointee cannot be a City employee.
  • The appointee must consent to appointment.
  • The appointee should be prepared to complete the current term of office that ends on November 14, 2022

Does a candidate have to live in Ward 10 or Ward 13 to be appointed by Council?

  • No, candidates are not required to live in the Ward they wish to represent as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.

What is the timeline for this process?

  • Tuesday May 11 – Wednesday May 12: the seats are declared vacant by City Council at its regular May meeting.
  • Friday May 13: nomination period begins, candidates can submit their Consent of Nominee forms in person at City Hall
  • Tuesday May 17: Wards 10 & 13 Info Session Presentation
  • Wednesday May 25: deadline to apply for nomination
  • Friday May 27: agenda for special meeting of City Council is published
  • Wednesday June 1: special meeting of City Council to appoint candidates to fill these vacancies

What is the application process?

Interested individuals must complete, in person, a Consent of Nominee and Declaration of Qualification form and provide identification showing name, signature, and qualifying address within the City of Toronto. Forms must be submitted in person to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, ground floor, by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 25, 2022.

Forms can be downloaded and printed below and are also available from City Clerk’s Office staff at the address above.

Consent of Nominee Form – Ward 10

Consent of Nominee Form – Ward 13

Can candidates submit additional information to City Council as part of the application process?

In addition to the required Consent of Nominee form, candidates may provide additional information to City Council that they feel is relevant to their interest in the position, such as a resume, biography, or letter. However, this is not a requirement.

Anything which candidates submit to City Council will become a public document and will be included with the published agenda materials sent to Members of Council and it will also be available to City officials, the public, and the media. Please note that any personal information included in the document will become part of the public record.

If candidates wish to submit something to Council they may do so by emailing it to councilmeeting@toronto.ca.

Any submissions the City receives by May 25 will be included with the main Council agenda to be issued on May 27. Any submissions received after the May 25 deadline will be added to the supplementary agenda for the Council meeting. The agenda item will list any candidates who submitted additional information regarding the ward vacancy item in the minutes of the City Council meeting which are published online, but the material itself will not be published.

Will the people appointed by Council in this process be eligible to run in the municipal election in October?

The candidates appointed by City Council to fill these two vacancies are eligible to run in the municipal election in October provided they continue to meet all the necessary criteria for qualification.

What will happen at the special Council meeting on June 1st?

At the meeting on June 1, applicants will be given the opportunity to address City Council. The meeting will be open to the public and streamed on YouTube.

  • Speaking order will be determined by lot.
  • Speaking time is limited to five minutes.
  • Each Member of Council may ask one question of each candidate.
  • Voting is by ballot. The successful candidate must receive 50 per cent plus 1 of all votes. Subsequent balloting rounds will be held, if needed. A tie is determined by lot.

When will the people appointed by City Council take office, and how long will they hold office?

The candidates appointed by City Council will take office as soon as they take the declaration of office with the City Clerk, which will likely happen immediately following the conclusion of the June 1 special Council meeting. The Members will hold office until the completion of the term on November 14, 2022.

Can candidates who apply for appointment have contact with current Members of Council?

The Lobbyist Registrar advises that there is NO requirement to register as a lobbyist to have contact with Members of City Council between now and the June 1 Council meeting.

However, if applicants are already registered with the City for communications on other matters, the Lobbyist Registrar recommends that they speak with an advisor in their office before making contact at 416-338-5858.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any other questions, please contact the Public Appointments Secretariat at 416-397-0088 or appoint@toronto.ca.