Yonge-Dundas Square – Board Governance Structure
Mandate and Responsibilities
Yonge-Dundas Square is a one-acre outdoor public space designed as a focal point for Toronto’s downtown area which contributes to the cultural vitality of the community. The Square features entertainment and events that appeal to local businesses, residents and visitors.
Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management is a city board and City Council determines its mandate and structure. The Board of Management manages the Yonge-Dundas Square as a business venture in partnership with the City of Toronto and the local business and residential communities, including the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. The Board of Management manages, operates, controls and maintains the activities of the Square on behalf of City Council as an outdoor public space. Its objectives include:
- creation of a unique focal point in the downtown core to promote economic development activities and contribute to the cultural vitality of the community;
- provision of a balance of commercial and community programming which will appeal to local business and residents, and also provide city-wide attractions to Torontonians and visitors alike; and
- promotion of a high quality of life in a safe, secure and liveable downtown.
Board Size and Composition
The Board of Management consists of 15 members and is composed of:
- the Council Member for Ward 27, Toronto Centre–Rosedale;
- 5 citizen members;
- 2 members of the Downtown Yonge BIA nominated by the BIA;
- 1 member nominated by Ryerson University;
- 1 member nominated by a local resident’s association;
- 1 member nominated by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall;
- 1 employee of the Toronto Parking Authority (ex-officio, no voting rights);
- 1 employee of the Toronto Police Service (ex-officio, no voting rights); and
- 2 City Staff (ex-officio, no voting rights).
Chair and Vice-Chair
City Council appoints the Chair of the Board of Management. The Board elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its members.
Citizens are eligible for appointment to the Board of Management, and eligible to remain on the Board after being appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.
Nominating panels and interest groups are encouraged to recommend candidates for the Board of Management that collectively possess:
- good communication, decision making and interpersonal skills;
- ability to work with people with diverse interests;
- sound finance and administrative skills;
- knowledge of economic and community development; and
- interest in the complexities and challenges of city building in Toronto.
Appointments Process – Citizen Members
Citizen members of the Board (citizen members at-large) are recruited through an advertised recruitment process. The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.
Appointments Process – Interest Group Nominees
For all citizen members nominated by designated interest groups, all nominations are forwarded to the Toronto-East York Community Council for recommendation to City Council for approval.
The Board meets at least seven times a year at City Hall, or as determined by the Board. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.
No remuneration is paid to Board members.