Today, Toronto City Council declared the Office of Councillor vacant in Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York and Ward 13 – Toronto Centre and approved a process to fill the vacancies by appointment.
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 vacancies and Council will vote to appoint one candidate for each vacant ward. These appointments will fill the positions 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 Friday, May 13 and close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. 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 online 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. (excluding statutory holidays). 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, May 17, 7 to 9 p.m. Event details will be available on the City’s Ward Vacancies webpage: www.toronto.ca/wardvacancies.
City Council will meet on Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. 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 vacancies. A list of applicants for each vacancy will be included in the agenda for the meeting, to be published on Friday, May 27 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: https://www.toronto.ca/news/ap
More information about the appointment process is available on the City’s Ward Vacancies webpage: www.toronto.ca/wardvacancies.
SOURCE City of Toronto