Background Information on Legislative Changes
This information is for reference only and is the history of decisions regarding the legislative changes to the October 22 election.
On July 30, 2018, the Province of Ontario introduced Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018. Bill 5 was introduced to amend the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, reducing the number of City of Toronto wards from 47 to 25, with the boundaries aligning with current federal and provincial electoral ridings for the October 22, 2018 municipal election.
For the offices of councillor and school board trustees, nominations were accepted until 2 p.m. on September 14.
On August 14, 2018, the Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent.
- The Act reduces the number of Toronto wards from 47 to 25, and extended the nomination period for councillor and school board trustee nominations until 2 p.m. on September 14.
- Mayoral nominations were not extended; the nomination deadline for the office of mayor was July 27.
- The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing enacted the following regulations Ontario Regulation 408/18: Wardsand Ontario Regulation 407/18: 2018 and 2022 Regular Elections to provide further details for implementation.
On September 10, the Superior Court of Justice set aside the provisions in Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 that change the number of wards to 25.
At that time the City Clerk began preparations to administer the October 22 election under the 47-ward model. Nominations for candidates under the 47-ward model were closed on July 27 and certified. View the July 27 List of Certified Candidates. No further nominations were accepted. View the List of Withdrawn Candidates under the 47-Ward Model
City Maps – 47 Ward Model
The following maps are based on the 47-ward model from the result of the Ward Boundary Review.
- City Wards
- Toronto District School Board
- Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French Public)
- Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (French Catholic)
On September 12, the Ontario government introduced Bill 31, Efficient Local Government Act, 2018 and passed its first reading in the Legislature. Until Bill 31 receives Royal Assent, the City Clerk will continue to proceed with preparations to administer the upcoming election under the 47-ward model which is the current legislation in place.
Read more about Bill 31, Efficient Local Government Act, 2018.
On September 18 – Province appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario to request a Stay of the September 10, Superior Court of Justice decision. There will be a 25-ward model in place for the October 22 election.
On September 19, the Court of Appeal for Ontario stayed the Superior Court of Justice decision of September 10, 2018 and as a result reinstated Bill 5, Better Local Government Act, 2018 requiring the October 22, 2018 election to proceed on the basis of 25 wards.