August 2018
Better Local Government Act Passes Third Reading

2018-08-14 5:29:16 PM

Today the Better Local Government Act passed third reading and now awaits Royal Assent. The Better Local Government Act introduces a number of reforms to local government in the province, including reducing the size of Toronto's city council and eliminating elections of regional chair in a number of upper tier municipalities. Specific changes include: 

  • Aligning the City of Toronto's municipal ward boundaries with provincial and federal electoral districts, reducing the number of councillors to 25.

  • Redistributing Toronto-area school board trustees to align with the new ward boundaries, while maintaining the existing number of trustees.

  • Retaining the October 22, 2018 election date and extending the nomination deadline for Toronto council candidates and school board trustees to September 14, 2018. Updated regulations will help previously nominated candidates transition to new wards.

  • Amending the Municipal Act and the Municipal Elections Act to reverse changes, introduced in 2016, that mandated the election of new regional chairs in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and the District of Muskoka. These regional chairs will continue to be appointed as they were in 2014. Other regional chair elections will remain unchanged.


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