On August 14, 2018, the Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent. The Act reduces the number of Toronto wards from 47 to 25, and extends the nomination period for councillor and school board trustee nominations.

Mayoral nominations were not extended; the nomination deadline for the office of mayor was July 27. The new 25 ward boundaries align with the current federal and provincial electoral ridings, with minor adjustment to stay within geographic boundaries of Toronto.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing enacted the following regulations Ontario Regulation 408/18: Wards and Ontario Regulation 407/18: 2018 and 2022 Regular Elections to provide further details for implementation.

All new changes will be in place for the October 22, 2018 municipal election.

Starting August 20, a real-time list of candidates running in the 2018 municipal election under the new 25 ward model can be found here.

Links to the online Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 and the related regulations noted earlier in this news release are provided here:

Please click here for Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018.
Please click here for Ontario Regulation 408/18 – Wards.
Please click here for Ontario Regulation 407/18: 2018 and 2022 Regular Elections.

Election Day is Monday, October 22, 2018.

BIA Name Change To Toronto Downtown West BIA

Since 2008, the Toronto Entertainment District along with the area west from Spadina Ave. to Bathurst St. has experienced a significant transformation. A name change to Toronto Downtown West BIA provides the BIA with a more inclusive representation of the business members. The BIA will continue to support members interested in using the name Toronto Entertainment District for promotional purposes where applicable (Toronto Entertainment District is Official Marked with the BIA).

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