The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the
size and shape of Toronto's wards.
What is it?
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto's wards. The Review is being done to ensure each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council. A key focus of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review is making sure the number of people in each ward is similar to other wards in the city. This is the most important component of effective representation. The Review will also look at communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city. Ward boundaries should not split up well-established communities. Other factors such as a ward's history and physical or natural features will also be considered as part of the review. Read our FAQ.
Why do this now?
Currently, in the City of Toronto there is a wide range in the number of people in each ward. Due to factors like population growth and new construction, some of the city's wards are 30 percent to 45 percent above the average population. As a result, the vote of one person does not have the same value or weight as that of the next person.
Who is responsible?
The City of Toronto oversees the Toronto Ward Boundary Review. The study is being done by an independent team of consultants who are responsible for making sure the process is not influenced by political interests.
How is this being done?
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review follows a 5-step process. This includes research, two rounds of public consultation and civic engagement, the development of ward boundary options followed by a final report with recommendations to City Council.
- Background Research (June 2014 - November 2014)
- Civic Engagement & Public Consultation on Current Ward Boundaries - Round 1 (July 2014 - February 2015)
- Development of Ward Boundary Options (March 2015 - July 2015)
- Civic Engagement & Public Consultation on Ward Boundary Options - Round 2 (August 2015 - November 2015)
- Final Report with Recommendations to Council (May 2016)
- NEW: Additional Information Report and Consultation (August 2016 - September 2016)
What this Review is NOT
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review does 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 (e.g. Canadian citizens only or all Toronto residents); the quality of a job a Councillor is doing; or how City departments operate.