Bill 3 Strong Mayor and Building Homes Act was passed by provincial government September 8th. It gives the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa sweeping powers over municipal budgets, plus the ability to hire and fire senior city staff. It will be effective after October 24, 2022 election. It also gives municipalities the ability to shorten development timelines by cutting ‘red tape’ to increase housing supply. This likely means less community consultation and prioritization of quickly approving buildings over environmental and infrastructure concerns.
This makes your vote for Mayor even more important during the October municipal election. Mayoral candidates should be asked how they would assert these new powers if elected. 31 candidates have registered for the 2022 Mayoral race, a slight reduction from the 35 candidates in the last 2018 election.
John Tory is running for his third term. There are 6 other candidates this year that ran in the 2018 election: Drew Buckingham, Kevin Clark, Sarah Climenhaga, Monowar Hossain, Kris Langenfeld and Knia Singh. The other candidates are: Blake Acton, Avraham Arrobas, Darren Atkinson, Chloe-Marie Brown, Elvira Caputolan, Phillip D'Cruze, Cory Deville, Alexey Efimovskikh, Isabella Gamk, , Arjun Gupta, Peter Handjis, Robert Hatton, Sooad Hossain, Khadijah Jamal, John Letonja, Tony Luk, Ferin Malek, Gil Penalosa, Stephen Punswasi, D!onne Renee, Kyle Schwartz, Sandeep Srivastava, Reginald Tull and Jack Yan.
We encourage you to research the candidates to help you determine who to support as the City of Toronto Mayor for the next 4 years in the October 24, 2022 municipal election.