The Toronto Ward Boundary Review follows a 5 step process:
1. Background Research (June 2014 - November 2014) Research is being done to examine the legal context for ward boundary reviews, as well as the experience in Ontario and some larger Canadian cities. The current Toronto ward situation and expected ward sizes for future elections (e.g. 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030) are also analyzed.
1. Engagement & Consultation on Current Ward Boundaries - Round 1 (July 2014 - February 2015)
Round One is focused on gathering input on the current ward characteristics and boundaries.
2. Development of Ward Boundary Options (March 2015 - June 2015)
Based on the public input, expected population growth and background research, a series of options for new wards boundaries will be developed. The development of options is a key part of the process and the focus of Round Two of the public consultation and civic engagement and the final recommendations to Council.
3. Engagement & Consultation on Ward Boundary Options - Round 2 (August 2015 - November 2015)
Round Two of the Consultation and Engagement process will present a number of ward boundary options that meet the principles of 'effective representation’ and gather feedback from the public, stakeholders and elected officials.
4. Final Report with Recommendations to Council (February 2016 - May 2016)
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Final Report will be released on May 16, 2016. The report will provide a recommendation for new wards for the City of Toronto. It will be posted to the City of Toronto’s website with the Executive Committee agenda after 12:00 PM, and may be accessed here.
The recommended ward structure meets the tests of effective representation and can be implemented for the 2018 municipal election (lasting until the 2030 municipal election).
The TWBR consultant team will be present for the Executive Committee's consideration of the Final Report on May 24, 2016. Toronto City Council will subsequently consider the report and make a final determination on any changes to Toronto's ward boundaries. The Executive Committee and/or City Council may defer consideration of the matter to a subsequent meeting.
5. Additional Information Report and Consultation (August 2016 - September 2016)
At its meeting on May 24, 2016, the City of Toronto Executive Committee asked the TWBR Team to provide additional information on a number of issues. The TWBR Team developed an Additional Information Report in response.
During August and September 2016, the TWBR is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items:
- A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August - November 2015; and
- A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.
Based on the comments received, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting of October 26, 2016.
- June 2013 Toronto City Council decided to hire an independent consultant to undertake a review of Toronto's current ward structure.
- March 2014 Following a competitive Request for Proposal process, the contract for the Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) was awarded to a consultant team including the Canadian Urban Institute, Beate Bowron, Dr. Gary Davidson and Tom Osler.
- June 2014 Toronto City Council approved the team's Work Plan and Civic Engagement and Public Consultation Strategy.