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July 4, 2005
City Of Toronto Act Online Consultations Launched Website Offers New Opportunity To See What Others Say
Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen and Toronto Mayor David Miller today launched an e-consultation on a new City of Toronto Act, the next phase of the Strong Toronto, Strong Ontario joint consultation being led by the province and the city.

"We are using every means at our disposal to seek public input about our joint work developing a new legislative framework for the city," said Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen. "Over the next month we are seeking online advice on how to most effectively build a strong Toronto."

"At public consultation sessions held on June 22, the people of Toronto demonstrated that they were informed, engaged, and vocal about bringing new powers to Toronto's government," said Mayor David Miller. "This input was valuable to us, and I am very glad that residents will continue to have their say about how to give this city the political tools it needs to thrive."

Visitors to website between now and July 31, 2005 can share their views, online, on two questions:
  1. How can the province and the city ensure a strong Toronto that is fiscally sustainable, autonomous, accountable and has the tools it needs to thrive?
  2. What advice would you give to the city and the province to ensure the success of Toronto’s new powers?
The province is working with the city to develop recommendations for a proposed legislative framework that could provide Toronto with the tools it needs to thrive in the global economy and as the economic engine of Ontario.

This online component is part of the Strong Toronto, Strong Ontario consultation. On June 22, more than 700 people attended joint consultation meetings at four locations across Toronto. These sessions, linked by webcast, provided a unique opportunity for participants to discuss Toronto’s future directly with neighbours, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen, MPPs, Mayor David Miller and City Councillors.

A summary of comments from the June 22nd sessions, and those submitted online, are now public and available at

Media contacts:

Patti Munce
Minister’s Office

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor



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