We ask all applicants for public appointment opportunities to complete a voluntary, confidential survey to help measure diversity in the City’s public appointments. We publish the results on a quarterly basis.

As of July 30, 2018, the data reflects:

  • 7,101 applications received since the beginning of this term, December 1, 2014, and
  • 321 current public appointments to 47 boards, committees and tribunals

The average response rate for each question in the survey was 91 per cent.

Except where noted, City-wide demographic statistics are taken from the Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population.

We asked applicants to disclose their gender.

Gender Applicants Appointees City-wide
Female 41.3% 44.0% 52.0%
Male 58.4% 56.0% 48.0%
Trans 0.1% 0.0% not available*
Not listed 0.1% 0.0% not available*

*Questions on trans and non-binary gender identity are not addressed in the Census and therefore the city-wide statistics are not available.

We asked applicants to disclose their age based on categories used by Statistics Canada.

Age Applicants Appointees City-wide
18-24 4.0% 0.3% 11.5%
25-34 24.2% 12.5% 20.3%
35-44 22.4% 19.2% 16.8%
45-54 20.1% 29.3% 17.5%
55-64 18.9% 24.9% 15.0%
65+ 10.5% 13.8% 19.0%

Public appointees to City boards must be at least 18 years of age.

Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples are those who identify as members of First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Inuit or Métis communities in Canada. We asked applicants “Based on this description, do you consider yourself to be an Aboriginal/Indigenous person?”

Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples Applicants Appointees City-wide
Yes 1.3% 2.1% 0.9-2.8%*

*Studies using different research methods to identify the city’s Aboriginal population have yielded results that suggest the Census figures under-represent the population. The range presented here has the Census figure as 0.9 per cent and the “Our Health Counts Toronto” estimate as 2.8 per cent.

Ethnic/racial groups are defined by race or colour only, not by country of birth, citizenship or religious affiliation. We asked applicants, “Please identify which of the following best describes your ethnicity or race.”

Ethnicity/Race Applicants Appointees City-wide
Black 9.9% 7.5% 8.9%
Latino 1.9% 0.3% 2.9%
East Asian 6.4% 5.1% 13.2%
South Asian 14.6% 7.5% 12.6%
Southeast Asian 1.5% 0.7% 7.2%
Middle Eastern 3.4% 1.4% 3.6%
White 58.4% 74.3% 48.5%
Not listed 3.7% 3.1% 3.1%


The term disability covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some invisible. A disability may have been present at birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time. These include physical disabilities, hearing or vision disabilities, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, chronic illness and mental health disabilities and addictions. A disability may be permanent, temporary or episodic which may result in experiencing disadvantage or barriers to full participation in society.

We asked applicants, “Based on this description, do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?”

Disability Applicants Appointees City-wide
Yes 7.3% 6.8% 12.8%*

*Data for the percentage of people City-wide who have a disability is taken from Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012. Toronto-specific data acquired courtesy of the Community Data Program.

LGBTQ2S is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and two-spirited. We asked applicants, “Based on this description, do you consider yourself to be LGBTQ2S?”

LGBTQ2S Applicants Appointees City-wide
Yes 8.6% 10.6% 5- 10%*

*A 2012 Forum Research poll found that 5 per cent of Canadians identify as LGBT. Previous City of Toronto estimates have been 10 per cent.

Highlights since the last quarterly update in April 2018 include:

  • 247 new applications have been received, compared to 136 during the previous four month period (January to April 2018).
  • Council made appointments to the Compliance Audit Committee, Heritage Toronto, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto Licensing Tribunal, and the Toronto Public Library.
  • The percentage of appointees who identify as LGBTQ2S has increased from 9.2 per cent to 10.6 per cent.