Councillor Michael Ford (Ward 1 – Etobicoke North) was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, following the June 2 provincial election. Toronto City Council will declare the seat vacant, as required by law, at the Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 Council meeting. At its May meeting, City Council authorized the City Clerk to seek applications from interested persons if a vacancy occurs due to the provincial election. This process will begin on Thursday, June 9, as outlined below.
By law, City Council must fill vacancies when it is greater than 90 days until the next municipal election, which is on Monday, October 24 this year. As well, by-elections are not permitted after March 31 in an election year. Individuals who meet the required criteria can register as a candidate for the vacancy and Council will vote to appoint one candidate to fill the vacancy. This appointment will fill the position until the end of the current term of City Council on Monday, November 14.
To be considered for this position, candidates must be:
• a Canadian citizen
• 18 years of age or older
• a resident of Toronto, or own or rent property in Toronto (or be the spouse of the owner or renter)
• not legally prohibited from voting or from holding municipal office
Applications open at 8:30 a.m. on June 9 and close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20. Interested individuals must complete the Consent of Nominee and Declaration of Qualification form and provide identification showing name and qualifying address.
The form will be available on City’s Ward Vacancies webpage at www.toronto.ca/wardvacancies and at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., now in a new location on the first floor – just inside the main entrance. All nominations must be filed in person at the City Clerk’s City Hall office, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All forms and documents submitted are a matter of public record and will be made available to the public, including media.
For those interested in being considered for the appointment, a virtual information session will be held via Webex on Tuesday, June 14, 7 to 8 p.m. Event details will be available on the City’s Ward Vacancies webpage: www.toronto.ca/wardvacancies.
City Council will meet on Friday, June 24 at 1 p.m. to fill the vacancy. City Council follows a hybrid meeting model. The meeting will take place in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall and via video conference. Members of Council and applicants will have the option to attend in-person or remotely. Members of Council will hear from applicants, ask questions and vote to fill the vacancy. A list of applicants will be included in the agenda for the meeting, to be published on Tuesday, June 21 on the City’s website: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/de
The meeting will be livestreamed on the Toronto City Council Live YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCou
A Fact Sheet about the appointment process is available on the City’s Media Room webpage: www.toronto.ca/news/appointmen
Source City of Toronto