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Time for the 4th largest city in North America to chart a path forward

Toronto city hall.

On behalf of our 11,500 members, the Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board) welcomes government action to provide Toronto with Stronger Mayor Powers.

Toronto faces numerous urgent city-wide challenges, from housing, land use, transit, transportation, budget, economic development and climate. Effective, timely solutions require a city chief executive with clear authority to set an agenda, appoint senior City staff, and bring forward policy solutions to Council with greater influence over outcomes. Under today’s 1-vote (weak mayor) system, the mayor and each councillor have one vote, often resulting in stalemates that make needed solutions near impossible to implement. The current structure stifles Toronto’s growth, competitiveness and quality of life as one of North America’s largest urban metropolises, and hurts businesses.

The Board has advocated stronger powers for Toronto’s mayor for nearly two decades. Now is the time to act.

About Toronto Region Board of Trade

The Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest and most influential business chambers in North America and is a catalyst for the region’s economic agenda. We pursue policy change to drive the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto region and facilitate market opportunities with programs, partnerships and connections to help our members succeed – domestically and internationally.

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