Toronto’s municipal election season kicked off Monday, allowing candidates to officially register for the city's top job as Mayor, as a Councillor, Trustee, or as a third-party advisor position.
Until August 19, Toronto Elections will receive nominations for the offices of:
- Trustee for the Toronto District School Board
- Trustee for the Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Trustee for the Conseil scolaire Viamonde
- Trustee for the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
Incumbent Mayor John Tory, who was first elected in 2014 when he beat out current Ontario Premier Doug Ford, is seeking re-election on October 24. If successful, it will be his third term, having last been re-elected in 2018 after defeating former Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, and another four years would make him the longest serving mayor in Toronto’s history.
“I'm happy to have submitted my registration again so that I can offer myself to the people to provide strong and experienced leadership, to move the city forward and to make sure that we can recover [from the COVID-19 pandemic] as strongly as ever. So that is what I will be trying to do. But in the meantime, I'm going to continue to be the mayor,” Tory is quoted in CP24. “I have that responsibility, I take it very seriously and I'll just continue to do the job. There will be lots of time going forward for discussion of future plans for the city and discussion of all the issues that are out there that confront city, of which there are many.”
Tory has been endorsed by over 40 prominent Torontonians, including Raptors’ President Masai Ujiri and David Crombie, who served as mayor of the city from 1972-1978.
Among other notable registrants for city council are Chris Moise, a current TDSB Trustee who’s seeking election for Ward 13, which had been previously held by Kristyn Wong-Tam, who is seeking election with the Ontario New Democratic Part; retired journalist Siri Agrell, who was Tory’s director of strategic initiatives during his 2014 election bid and who is vying for Ward 4; and Ausma Malik, a former TDSB Trustee, who is seeking election for Ward 10.
Among incumbents not seeking re-election is Ward 10 Councillor Joe Cressy, who is leaving for a job at Humber College. Cressy has since endorsed Malik as a candidate.
Registration closes August 19; to run for the office of Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee, candidates must:
- File a nomination paper with original signature
- Provide proof of qualifying address within the city of Toronto or the school board jurisdiction
- Pay the appropriate nomination filing fee
- Provide at least 25 endorsements of nomination from eligible Toronto voters with original signatures, if running for the office of Mayor or Councillor