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December 14, 2005
New City of Toronto Act gives Toronto important new powers
Improvements to how Toronto’s government responds to the needs of residents and business were highlighted today when Toronto Mayor David Miller and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty responded to the tabling of a new modernized City of Toronto Act.

“This is a huge achievement,” said Mayor Miller. “It gives the City of Toronto its own Charter which has been called for for more than 100 years. For the first time ever, there is recognition of Toronto’s status as the sixth largest government in Canada. This gives us the ability to act on the priorities of Torontonians and positions the city to move boldly forward into the 21st Century,” stated the Mayor.

“This legislation recognizes Toronto as the economic engine of Ontario,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty. “As one of the world’s great cities, Toronto will now have the autonomy to be as dynamic, competitive and as successful as the people who have chosen to make their homes and their livings here.”

“Today is a great day for the people of Ontario and its capital city,” says John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It is the dawning of a new era in municipal affairs in this province.”

The new Act tabled today comes as a result of the work done by the Joint Task Force of City and Provincial officials that worked to reach consensus in several important areas such as governance, economic development and the creation of new financial tools. The final report of the Task Force was issued on November 14, 2005 and called for major changes to the laws that govern how Toronto functions as a government. Broad permissive powers were seen as the best way to ensure that Toronto had the flexibility to provide services, be accountable to residents and manage growth.

“The new legislation is good for Toronto and great for Ontario,” added Mayor Miller. “Today marks an important day in the development of Toronto’s relationship with the province. The new Act is a critical component of the New Deal for Toronto and provides important parts of the needed powers, respect and money to deliver services,” said the Mayor.

Media contacts:

Don Wanagas
Office of Mayor David Miller

Kevin Sack
Corporate Communications
416-919-6500 (cell)



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