Media Accessing City Hall

All journalists, including those not part of the City Hall Press Gallery and others, are welcome at Toronto City Hall and City media events. Media who are not members of the Press Gallery will need to complete security screening prior to accessing City Hall (metal detector, bag check). Information specific to media attending Toronto City Council meetings is available through    

City Hall Press Gallery

The City Hall Press Gallery Accreditation Policy & Procedure took effect July 31, 2012, following Council approval and applies to journalists who work at City Hall in offices leased by their media outlets. Accredited City Hall journalists receive an identification badge that facilitates access to City Hall without requiring security screening. Older City identification badges are no longer active. 

Download the policy, procedure and application form and read these carefully before submitting a completed application. The form is fillable for most fields. A copy must be submitted to Strategic Public & Employee Communications at with original signatures. 

Applications from new City Hall Press Gallery members are accepted from journalists working for outlets that lease space in the City Hall Press Gallery offices on an ongoing basis. There are no changes to access procedures for other members of the media who cover City Hall news, meetings and events.