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 October 31, 2019, the data reflects:

  • 4,118 active applications (applications are kept on file for two years after submission)
  • 406 current public appointments to 51 boards, committees and tribunals

The average response rate for each question in the survey was 92 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 43.9% 50.3% 52.0%
Male 55.8% 49.5% 48.0%
Trans 0.1% 0.0% not available*
Not listed 0.3% 0.3% 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 3.5% 0.8% 11.5%
25-34 23.1% 13.1% 20.3%
35-44 21.4% 22.1% 16.8%
45-54 21.5% 26.9% 17.5%
55-64 20.1% 21.3% 15.0%
65+ 10.4% 15.7% 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 2.7% 6.4% 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 11.5% 7.2% 8.9%
East Asian 6.2% 7.2% 13.2%
Latino 2.2% 0.3% 2.9%
Middle Eastern 4.0% 1.4% 3.6%
South Asian 15.7% 8.8% 12.6%
Southeast Asian 1.6% 0.8% 7.2%
White 54.5% 68.6% 48.5%
Not listed 4.3% 5.8% 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 11.9% 8.5% 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 10.1% 10.2% 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 for this update include:

  • Demographic information for members of the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee are included in this data set for the first time. Appointees who identify as Aboriginal/Indigenous has now increased from 2.4% to 6.4%.
  • Appointees who identify with an ethnic or racial group not captured by the Census categories has increased from 3.7% to 5.8%.
  • Appointees who identify as Black has increased slightly from 6.6% to 7.2%.

The data highlighted above is from the following boards, committees and tribunals:

  • Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee
  • Administrative Penalty Tribunal
  • Board of Health
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Compliance Audit Committee
  • CreateTO
  • Dangerous Dogs Review Tribunal
  • Exhibition Place
  • Film, Television and Digital Media Board (NEW)
  • George Bell Arena
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority Consultative Committee
  • Heritage Toronto
  • Lakeshore Arena
  • Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena
  • Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena
  • Legacy Fund Allocations Committee
  • McCormick Playground Arena
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Metropolitan Toronto Pension Plan
  • Metropolitan Toronto Police Benefit Fund
  • Moss Park Arena
  • North Toronto Memorial Arena
  • PortsToronto
  • Property Standards Committee
  • Rooming House Licensing Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner
  • Sign Variance Committee
  • Ted Reeve Community Arena
  • TO Live (formerly Civic Theatres Toronto)
  • Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund Board
  • Toronto Civic Employees’ Pension and Benefit Fund
  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Toronto Francophone Advisory Committee
  • Toronto Fire Department Superannuation and Benefit Fund
  • Toronto Hydro
  • Toronto Investment Board
  • Toronto Licensing Tribunal
  • Toronto Local Appeal Body
  • Toronto Music Advisory Committee (NEW)
  • Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
  • Toronto Parking Authority
  • Toronto Preservation Board (NEW)
  • Toronto Port Lands Company
  • Toronto Police Services Board
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Waterfront Toronto
  • William H. Bolton Arena
  • Yonge-Dundas Square