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New Ward Boundaries

Update – September 13: The Government of Ontario brought back the legislature and tabled the Efficient Local Government Act, which has passed first reading. 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.

Also, candidates will have two more days, from the date it passes, to register for Toronto’s 25-ward municipal election. 

Update – September 11: The Government of Ontario has given notice that it will appeal the September 10, 2018 court ruling that struck down its legislation to reduce the number of Toronto City Councillors from 47 to 25 to match provincial and federal election boundaries in Toronto.

The government also announced that it will recall the Ontario Legislature this week and re-introduce its legislation with an amendment that will invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Constitution. This allows the Parliament of Canada or a provincial legislature to override the Constitution, and therefore, override the court ruling on September 10 and any subsequent Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge for up to five years.

Assuming the amendment legislation is approved, the municipal election on October 22 would be back to 25 Toronto City Councillors and wards, and it would mean that the TDSB would revert back to the ward electoral boundaries that were approved in August 2018.

Update September 10: The Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the province's legislation that was to reduce the number of Toronto City Councillors from 47 to 25 to match provincial and federal riding boundaries. Read the court ruling.

In July, the government passed legislation that cancelled the previous City of Toronto decision to go from 44 to 47 councillors along with new ward boundary changes. The legislation also cancelled the TDSB’s previously approved (March 2018) ward boundary realignment plan. The TDSB is required adjust its ward boundaries to any City of Toronto changes to ward boundaries.

In August, The TDSB was instructed by the Ministry of Education to approve a boundary realignment plan based on 25 council wards. 

What does the court decision mean?

It means that the City of Toronto will follow its previously approved plan to have 47 councillors and wards. It also means the TDSB realignment plan and ward boundary changes that the Board approved in March 2018 will be the ward boundaries for the up-coming municipal election and become effective in December 2018 when the new term of offence commences. Note that the number of TDSB school trustees will remain unchanged at 22.

Could this change again?

Yes – the Ontario government can appeal the decision to a higher court that could issue a different ruling. Because the court ruled against Bill 5 on constitutional grounds, the Ontario government could also use its constitutional powers to override September 10 court ruling. This would mean the municipal election would be back to 25 Toronto Councillors and wards, and it would mean the TDSB would revert back to the August,  2018 ward election boundaries.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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The Toronto District School Board approved a new realignment plan for its 22 ward electoral boundaries that attempts to balance the number of schools in each ward and aligns with the 25 federal/provincial electoral boundaries in the City of Toronto. The new ward electoral boundaries will come into effect on Dec. 1, 2018, when the new term of office commences.

These changes are a result of the Government of Ontario’s decision to reduce Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 councillors and realign the City of Toronto’s ward electoral boundaries to reflect provincial electoral ridings. By law, the TDSB is required to align its ward electoral boundaries with the City’s.  

Please note that the new ward electoral boundaries are administrative in nature and do not impact your local school administration. These changes do not affect where students attend school or access school programs, nor do they impact such things as optional attendance and busing routes.

To view a map of the new ward electoral boundaries, click here.

Schools that used to be within a former ward, may now fall in another. To learn which ward your child’s school will belong to as of Dec. 1, 2018, click here.

Please note: The City of Toronto has launched a legal challenge to the provincial legislation to reduce the number of councillors. The TDSB is supporting the City’s legal challenge.

Individuals are also challenging the legislation in court.  The court is expected to rule on the legal challenge on or about September 11, 2018. This means that, potentially, the legislation could be over ruled by the court and there is the possibility that the municipal election may revert back to the original 47 councillor/ward boundaries. Should the court uphold the legislation,  the municipal election will precede with 25 councillors/wards.

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