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.
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.
Candidates for appointment must be qualified electors in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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ward vacancy item in the minutes of the City Council meeting which are published online, but the material itself will not be published.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Public Appointments Secretariat at 416-397-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.