The Mayor of Toronto is the chief executive officer for the city of Toronto and the leader of its municipal government The mayor is elected every four years alongside Toronto City Council. The role of the mayor includes representing the city, overseeing the administration of city divisions and municipal services, appointing chairs of standing committees, and serving as the head of City Council (though this role has been delegated to a speaker in recent years).

Mayor of Toronto
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John Tory

since December 1, 2014
StyleHis/Her Worship
Member ofExecutive Committie
Reports toToronto City Council
SeatToronto City Hall
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
AppointerDirect election by residents of Toronto
Term length4 years, renewable
Inaugural holderWilliam Lyon Mackenzie
FormationHistoric: March 6, 1834
Current: December 1, 1998
Salary$188,544 annual[1]
(including $111,955 City Councillor's salary)[1]

The 65th and current mayor of Toronto is John Tory, who took office on December 1, 2014, and was re-elected to a second term on October 22, 2018.


The mayor's responsibilities include:[2][3]

  • acting as chief executive officer;
  • providing information and make recommendations to Council with respect to Council's role in ensuring that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council and in ensuring the accountability and transparency of the operations of the City, including the activities of the senior management of the City;
  • presiding meetings of council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively (delegated to Speaker);
  • providing leadership to council;
  • representing the City at official functions, and
  • carrying out any other duties under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 or any other Act.

The mayor is the chief executive officer of the City of Toronto. The city manager, who reports to the mayor, has the power to appoint or remove City division heads. While the mayor is responsible for the provision of services, all decisions regarding the level of services, the adding or deletion of services, must be approved by Toronto City Council, of which the mayor is a member. The budget for the provision of service is set by the Budget Committee, whose chair is appointed by the mayor.[2]

The mayor is responsible for the efficient running of Council. The mayor serves or delegates the chair at meetings on the advice of Council. Council members are members of oversight committees based on the appointment of the mayor, who usually sets up a transition team upon election and the "Striking Committee." The mayor is the chair of the Executive Committee, which oversees major proposals, issues that affect government operations of more than one department or covered by more than one oversight committee. The mayor is a member of all Council committees.[2] Some governmental organizations have independent oversight, such as the Toronto Police Services, and the mayor is automatically a member of the Police Services Board and the CNE Board of Governors. Other members are appointed by the "Civic Appointments Committee," chaired by the Mayor.[2]

Deputy MayorEdit

Non-statutory deputy mayorsEdit

Under Mayor John Tory, City Council approved the creation three additional non-statutory deputy mayor positions. Non-statutory deputy mayors are members of council, appointed by the Mayor, who advise him/her on local issues and represent him/her at events and ceremonies. Each (along with the first deputy mayor) represent a geographic area of the city, and are responsible for a specific policy role. The deputy mayors and the Mayor meet each month to discuss efforts to bring the city together.[4]

Statutory Deputy MayorEdit

The first deputy mayor performs the statutory roles and functions assigned to the "Deputy Mayor" as defined in various chapters of the Municipal Code.[5] The first deputy mayor is a member of council who is appointed to the role by the Mayor, and assists him/her as vice-chair of the Executive Committee and acts as Mayor when the Mayor is away, ill or the office of the Mayor is vacant. The Deputy Mayor has all the rights, power and authority of the Mayor, save and except the "by-right-of-office powers" of the Mayor as a member of a community council.[6]

Deputy mayors of Toronto (as of May 22, 2019)
Deputy mayor Term start Area represented/policy role[7][8] Constituency as councillor
Denzil Minnan-Wong December 1, 2014 North region (North York), First Deputy Mayor Ward 16 – Don Valley East
Ana Bailão October 6, 2017[9] South-central region (Toronto and East York), Housing Ward 9 – Davenport
Michael Thompson December 12, 2018[7] East region (Scarborough), Jobs Ward 21 – Scarborough Centre
Stephen Holyday December 12, 2018[7] West region (Etobicoke and York), Modernization and governance Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre


From 1834 to 1857, and again from 1867 to 1873, Toronto mayors were not elected directly by the public. Instead, after each annual election of aldermen and councilmen, the assembled council would elect one of their members as mayor. For all other years, mayors were directly elected by popular vote, except in rare cases where a mayor was appointed by council to fill an unexpired term of office. Prior to 1834, Toronto municipal leadership was governed by the Chairman of the General Quarter Session of Peace of the Home District Council.

Through 1955 the term of office for the mayor and council was one year; it then varied between two and three years until a four-year term was adopted starting in 2006. (See List of Toronto municipal elections.)

The City of Toronto has changed substantially over the years: the city annexed or amalgamated with neighbouring communities or areas 49 times from in 1883 to 1967.[10] The most sweeping change was in 1998, when the six municipalities comprising Metropolitan TorontoEast York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and the former city of Toronto–and its regional government were amalgamated into a single City of Toronto (colloquially dubbed the "megacity") by an act of the provincial government. The newly created position of mayor for the resulting single-tier mega-city replaced all of the mayors of the former Metro municipalities. It also abolished the office of the Metro Chairman, which had formerly been the most senior political figure in the Metro government before amalgamation.

According to Victor Loring Russell, author of Mayors of Toronto Volume I, 14 out of the first 29 mayors were lawyers. According to Mark Maloney who is writing The History of the Mayors of Toronto, 58 of Toronto's 64 mayors (up to Ford) have been Protestant, white, English-speaking, Anglo-Saxon, property-owning males.[11] There have been two women (Hall and Rowlands) and three Jewish mayors (Phillips, Givens[12] and Lastman).

Art Eggleton is the longest-serving mayor of Toronto, serving from 1980 until 1991. Eggleton later served in federal politics from 1993 until 2004, and was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2005. David Breakenridge Read held the post of mayor of Toronto for the shortest period. Read was mayor for only fifty days in 1858.

No Toronto mayor has been removed from office. Toronto's 64th mayor, Rob Ford, lost a conflict of interest trial in 2012, and was ordered to vacate his position; but the ruling was stayed pending an appeal, which Ford won to remain in office.[13][14] Due to his substance abuse admission and controversy in 2013, Council stripped him of many powers on November 15, transferring them to the deputy mayor.[15] From May until July 2014, Ford took a leave of absence from the mayoralty to enter drug rehabilitation.

Post-amalgamation Mayors of TorontoEdit

The current City of Toronto was formed in 1998 from the amalgamation of Metro Toronto and its constituent municipalities. The following is a list of Mayors of the current post amalgamation Toronto. It does not include Mayors of the former, pre-1998 Toronto, Metro Chairs, or the Mayor/Reeves of amalgamated municipalities.

List of Mayors of Toronto since 1998 amalgamation
No. Since 1883/1998 Mayor Terms of office Start and end of term Prior political experience
62 1   Mel Lastman 2 January 1, 1998

– November 30, 2003

North York Board of Control (1970–1973)

Mayor of North York (1973–1997) Metro Councillor (1970–1997)[16]

63 2   David Miller 2 December 1, 2003

November 30, 2010

Metro Councillor for High Park (1994–1997),

City Councillor for Ward 19 (High Park) (1997–2000), City Councillor for Ward 13 (High Park) (2000–2003)

64 3   Rob Ford 1 December 1, 2010

November 30, 2014

City Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North) (2000–2010)
65 4   John Tory 2 December 1, 2014


Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (2004–2009)

MPP for Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey (2005–2007)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Salaries for Members of Council". City of Toronto. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Roles of the Mayor and City Council". City of Toronto. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Roles of the Mayor and City Council" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "John Tory's plan 'to bring the city together': Four deputy mayors — one from each region of Toronto".
  5. ^ "Deputy Mayor - Council Speaker - Deputy Speaker". Archived from the original on 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ "City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27" (PDF).
  7. ^ a b c "Tory makes his picks for deputy mayors, committee chairs".
  8. ^ "Toronto: Mayor's Recommended City Council Appointments Revealed".
  9. ^ "Mayor John Tory names Ana Bailao as new deputy mayor and Joe Mihevc as poverty reduction advocate".
  10. ^ Derek Hayes. Historical Atlas of Toronto. pp. 90–91. ISBN 978-1-55365-290-8.
  11. ^ Mark Maloney (January 3, 2010). "Toronto's mayors: Scoundrels, rogues and socialist". Toronto Star.
  12. ^ Globe Staff (November 26, 1963). "Givens Mayor by Unanimous Vote". The Globe & Mail. Toronto. p. 1.
  13. ^ "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appeal his ouster". CTV News. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  14. ^ Magder v. Ford 2013 ONSC 263, 113 OR (3d) 241 (25 January 2013), Superior Court of Justice (Ontario, Canada)
  15. ^ Mendleson, Rachel; Peter Edwards (November 18, 2013). "Rob Ford stripped of power as mayor by Toronto council". The Toronto Star. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  16. ^ Star Staff (December 5, 1972). "Mel Lastman sweeps North York". The Toronto Star. pp. 1, 11. All municipal elected officials that won in the 4 DEC 1972 election took office on 1 JAN 1973.

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