Brad Bradford (About this soundListen) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Toronto City Council in the 2018 municipal election.[1] He represents Ward 19 (Beaches—East York).

Brad Bradford
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Bradford in 2018
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 19 (Beaches-East York)
Assumed office
December 1, 2018
Preceded byJanet Davis (Ward 31)
Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32)
Personal details
Born (1986-08-01) August 1, 1986 (age 33)
Cambridge, Ontario
Alma materYork University, University of Waterloo
OccupationUrban Planner

Bradford was appointed as a member of the Board of the Toronto Transit Commission by Toronto City Council on December 13, 2018.[2] He sits on two City Council Committees, the Budget Committee and the Planning and Housing Committee.[3][4]

Prior to his election, Bradford worked as an urban planner in the Chief Planner's Office at the City of Toronto.[1] He holds a bachelor of environmental studies in urban and regional environments from York University, and a masters in urban planning from the University of Waterloo.[1]

Electoral recordEdit

Councillor Bradford was endorsed by Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, former liberal MPP Arthur Potts, former Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon[5] and former Chief Planner and Mayoral Candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.[6] These endorsements helped Bradford defeat candidate Matthew Kellway, former NDP MP for the Beaches East York Riding.[7]

Bradford ran as a progressive candidate, his background in the planner's office cited as proof of his city building experience.[5]


Bradford's first budget was contentious as Shelley Carroll and Mike Layton presented last minute motions intended to gather information beyond the budget process. He voted against all of these motions which distressed concerned parties.[8]

Electoral ReformEdit

Councillor Bradford brought a motion to City Council on term limits, which was seconded by Ana Bailão and referred to the Special Committee on Governance.[9] The motion cited numerous examples [10] where term limits facilitated a more representative council makeup by eliminating incumbent advantage.[11] He was opposed by left-leaning Councillor Gord Perks ("The last thing a government should do is tell people who they are allowed to vote for") and right-leaning councillor Jim Karygiannis ("If our constituents don’t want us they can kick us out").[12]

The motion was deferred indefinitely, but if successful it would have needed provincial approval in order to be passed into law.[13]

Increasing Transparency at City HallEdit

Bradford also introduced a motion at City Council to explore the use of Hansard to increase transparency and engagement at City Hall.[14] This motion was applauded by academics, community organizers and the press[?].


  1. ^ a b c "Brad Bradford wins Ward 19, Beaches—East York, in close race". Toronto Star, October 22, 2018.
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  6. ^ "Campaign Updates". Brad Bradford. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ "Toronto election 2018: Meet your new city councillors - Toronto |". 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
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  9. ^ "Proposal for Toronto council term limits punted | The Star". Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  10. ^ "Term Limits Special Committee on Governance Presentation" (PDF).
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  14. ^ "Hansard Motion".