News Release
November 23, 2022

Today, Bill 3, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, has been proclaimed and comes into effect.

As of today, Wednesday, November 23, the Mayor of Toronto can:

  • Choose to appoint the municipality’s chief administrative officer
  • Hire certain municipal department heads and establish and reorganize departments
  • Create committees of Council, assign their functions and appoint the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of committees of Council
  • Propose the municipal budget, subject to council amendments and a head of Council veto and Council override process

Under Bill 3, the Mayor of Toronto will be able to bring forward or veto matters relating to certain prescribed provincial priorities. These priorities are not yet prescribed and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing indicates that these regulations are intended to be made and come into force at a later date.

Also, under the amendments to the City of Toronto Act contained in Bill 3, the Mayor is required to exercise powers in writing, to notify the Clerk and Councillors when he does so and to make the decisions public. The Mayor will provide signed Mayoral Decisions to the Clerk as they are made and they will be posted in an online repository.

The Clerk will also establish a public e-mail subscription list that will allow members of the public to get notice of decisions as they are posted.

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