(ONTARIO) – Today, Ontario’s Government brought back Ontario’s Legislature and tabled the Efficient Local Government Act.


If passed, the Act would invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and ensure the City of Toronto’s wards and number of councillors are aligned to 25 prior to the municipal election on October 22.

“We were elected on a commitment to make government work more effectively and efficiently for the people,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Today, we introduced new legislation to help us do just that for the people of Toronto. We have brought back the Legislature to ensure there will be an election on October 22 in the City of Toronto, for 25 city councillors.”

Aligning the City of Toronto’s municipal ward boundaries with provincial and federal electoral districts would save city taxpayers at least $25 million over four years. A smaller, more efficient council would end political gridlock at City Hall and make sure quick action is taken to get transit, infrastructure and housing built.

The Government is taking action to provide certainty to Toronto voters ahead of October 22, while it continues with an appeal.


“A streamlined city council will reduce the cost of government for Toronto taxpayers and speed up decision-making,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re acting once again to make sure Toronto council is ready to put the needs of everyday people first.”

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is appealing the Superior Court’s decision striking down the Better Local Government Act. The province’s position is that the Act is a valid exercise of the province’s jurisdiction over municipal institutions.
  • To provide certainty to City of Toronto voters, with an October 22 election date, Ontario is introducing this new bill to preserve all aspects of the Better Local Government Act, which was originally passed by Ontario’s democratically elected legislature.
  • The nomination deadline for Toronto council candidates and school board trustees would be extended to two days after the new bill receives Royal Assent.

Source: Ontario Government



  1. Maybe someone can answer this. Why is the provincial government going after a municipal government. If the people of Toronto want to save that money, why not have a vote on it.

    While I am at it, why do we even have MPPs in this day in age. We used to elect these officials so they can travel to vote for our area. We can all vote (on social issues anyhow) online securely. But I know I don’t know the whole parliamentary process and do not pretend too. Just my thoughts…

  2. I love it. Doug Ford is the BEST! We need to keep these growing city councils in check, they wont do it themselves so finally we got some azz kicking going on,


  3. anonyMiss , with the current fiasco that’s going on with our current Mayor , his wife and their friend i’d wager a lot of TBay residents are wishing Ford would do the same here and more . And while Fords at it he should replace the Chief of Police with a high ranking , tough as nails OPP Chief , one who isn’t politicaly correct and a Liberal p***y ..

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