Toronto City Councillor Ana Bailão won’t seek re-election in the fall.
The Ward 9 - Davenport councillor and deputy mayor announced this morning that she is leaving office after serving for 12 years and three terms. Bailão is known as a passionate advocate for affordable housing and serves on the boards of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and CreateTO.
Bailão announced her decision in a tweet.
“It’s been the honour of a lifetime [to] serve as City Councillor & Deputy Mayor,” Bailao wrote. “While I have not yet decided what is next for me, I remain committed to continuing to contribute to our city.”
“From new parks, to a new library, new community centres, improved transit, and creating hundreds of new affordable housing homes, we worked together to move our wonderful community forward," Bailao said in a video accompanying the tweet. "But most of all, I am proud of the work we have done together to push affordable housing to the forefront of our city's agenda. Together, we secured $2.8B in sustainable funding for Toronto community housing so residents can live in their homes with dignity; created thousands of new affordable homes by leveraging City property; launched programs to support non-profits to acquire properties to save and build more affordable housing; built supportive modular homes, and cleared barriers to laneway housing."
Toronto’s municipal election is set for Oct. 24. Mayor John Tory has already announced he will seek re-election and recently shared his thoughts on his housing initiatives with STOREYS.