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May 17, 2010
Increasing women's and diverse groups' participation in public appointments
The City of Toronto will host a seminar at City Hall tomorrow evening (May 18) to discuss the public appointments process. The seminar is part of a series of opportunities being arranged by the City to provide all women, particularly those representing diverse groups and the young women participants of the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign with the tools they need to take on the role of city governance.

"A truly great city is one that is inclusive and welcoming of all points of view," said Mayor David Miller. "Toronto's diversity is its strength and getting more young people and members of the myriad cultural communities actively involved in their City government is essential. I am very encouraged by the number of young women in particular who are coming forward and asking for the opportunity to make a difference in the city of Toronto."

To encourage participation in local government, the City is hosting a free seminar, "Public Appointments - A Great City Needs Great People," where the public can learn how to get an appointment to a City agency, board, commission or corporation.

The seminar will be held Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

"We are looking for civic-minded people who reflect the diversity of Toronto to take on the challenge of serving on a number of agencies and boards of directors that deliver vital services to city residents," said Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), a former Chair and current member of the Civic Appointments Committee. "Having diverse boards strengthens what we do at the City."

"Toronto is committed to ensuring that the people serving on these boards reflect the talent, creativity and diversity of this city," said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Committee on Women's Participation. "The best way to achieve our goals is to proactively recruit young people, and especially young women, to serve in local government."

City Council recognizes that Toronto is best served by boards that reflect the diversity of the community. Women, youth (ages 18 to 30), people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minority and LGBT communities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be a Canadian citizen - except for the Toronto Public Library Board, where legislation still requires citizenship.

The Toronto Regional Champion Campaign is a result of a nation-wide call by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to increase the number of women in elected office. Canadian municipalities require at least 2,000 more women in elected office in order to have a minimum of 30 per cent representation on municipal councils for an effective voice. The United Nations defines 30 per cent female representation as the minimum required for policy to reflect women’s concerns.

More information about the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign is available at

More information about City public appointments is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cassandra Fernandes, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-3834,
Anne McLaughlin, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5707,



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