Toronto Ward Boundary Review
From 2014 – 2016, an independent consultant undertook a review of Toronto’s Ward Boundaries on behalf of City Council. The Review was undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council The Final Report on Toronto’s new ward boundary options was considered by City Council at its meeting on November 8 and 9, 2016, where Council voted in favour of a 47-ward boundary option.
A key focus of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review was to make sure the number of people in each ward is similar to all the other wards in the city. The Review also looked at preserving communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city. Other factors such as a ward’s history and physical or natural features were also considered as part of the Review of Toronto`s ward boundaries.
Why was a Ward Boundary Review done?
Currently, in the City of Toronto, there is a wide range in the number of people living in each ward. Due to factors such as population growth and new construction, some of the city’s wards are 30 percent to 45 percent above the population of the average city ward. As a result, one person’s vote does not necessarily have the same value or weight as that of someone in another ward.
Who was responsible?
The City of Toronto oversaw the Toronto Ward Boundary Review, but the study was conducted by an independent team of consultants who were responsible for making sure the process is not influenced by political interests.
How was it conducted?
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review followed a 5-step process, which included research, two rounds of public consultation and civic engagement, development of ward boundary options, and then a final report with recommendations to City Council.
|Background Research||June 2014 to November 2014|
|Civic Engagement and Public Consultation on Current Ward Boundaries (Round One)||June 2014 to February 2015|
|Development of Ward Boundary Options||March 2015 to April 2015|
|Civic Engagement and Public Consultation on Ward Boundary Options (Round Two)||May 2015 to November 2015|
|Final Report with recommendations to Council||February 2016 to March 2016|
|Request for Additional Information for City Council||May 2016 to October 2016|
What the Toronto Ward Boundary Review was not.
The Final Report of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review did not cover items such as: how municipal government is organized (e.g. whether there should be political parties or whether there should be more community representation); how people vote; who votes; how good a job a Councillor is doing; or how City departments operate.
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Where can I find out more information about the 47-ward boundary option selected by City Council?
City Council’s decision on item EX18.2 on the Toronto Ward Boundary Review can be found here:
Where can I find out more information about the Toronto Ward Boundary Review process?
More information about the process of Toronto Ward Boundary Review, including all reports and research associated with the Review, can be found at www.drawthelines.ca
Where can I find out about the appeals process for the Toronto Ward Boundary Review?
Information about the Toronto Ward Boundary Review appeals process can be found on the City’s web page.
- Project Work Plan, Civic Engagement & Public Consultation Strategy
- EX15.2 Final Report – Toronto Ward Boundary Review