Toronto is a vibrant and dynamic city. With a diverse population, a creative culture, and a history of supporting those in need, Toronto has never ceased to inspire me. Toronto gave me what I needed to find success in my own life, and I have been proud to serve as a City Councillor, finding new opportunities to make Toronto a success for everyone.

It is an honour to be your local representative in the new Ward 13, Toronto Centre! As City Councillor, I have worked to expand parks and public spaces, secure more affordable housing and shelter capacity, bring new economic opportunities to the Downtown East, and advance service gaps that have led to inequity in our neighbourhoods.

I am honoured to be chosen Best City Councillor by the Readers of NOW Magazine for the fourth year in a row. This award belongs to all of us - to the countless residents, community groups and local businesses that continuously stand up for Toronto and work to build healthier and more livable communities. I will continue to defend Toronto and the services that we know build strong, resilient neighbourhoods.

Through community partnerships, collaborating with neighbourhood groups, project consultations, and tireless advocacy, I know we can only do this work together. Community members like yourself are at heart of everything we do and I need your help to continue guiding this work effectively. I look forward to working together!

With the support of my communities, as a City Councillor I have successfully:

  • Improved parks and expanded public spaces;
  • Built new affordable housing and renovated TCH buildings;
  • Defended the rights of tenants and the most vulnerable;
  • Preserved heritage buildings and created Heritage Conservative Districts
  • Developed the immediate 12-month and 5-year Downtown East Action Plan for more vital city services
  • Created safer neighbourhoods and more walkable streets;
  • Initiated the Noise By-Law review to ensure stronger enforcement;
  • Guided development to address local needs; and
  • Dismantled the quasi-judicial Ontario Municipal Board to give local communities more say in planning decisions

I believe in a Toronto that is safe, livable and affordable, where we can live, work, invest and play together, and where city services are efficient and respond to everyone’s needs.

As your City Councillor, I will continue to fight for a fair Toronto. I will continue to work relentlessly to protect our neighbourhoods while bringing both integrity and accountability to City Hall.

Yours in service,


Kristyn Wong-Tam

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COVID Milestones, City of Toronto Budget, and COVID-19 updates

This past week we hit two difficult milestones. COVID-19 case counts in Ontario have surpassed 1,000,000 and deaths related to COVID-19 surpass 11,000. Due to testing availability, it is important to note that daily case counts are an underestimate of current totals. My thoughts go out to everyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic. I know these have been painful times for many, as it has been for my own family. If you need support, I have made mental health resources available on my website

Winter Storm, 2022 Tax-Supported Budget, and COVID-19 Updates

Late Sunday evening, we experienced a significant snowfall of over 36 cm. To keep track of when your area will be plowed, you can visit PlowTO and review the winter maintenance guidelines. The City of Toronto is doing everything to accelerate this process, but it may still take up to 72 hours to clear some roads. A major snow event has been called by the City, which means that snow routes need to be cleared. If your car is parked on a snow route, you will need to find alternative parking until roads are clear which is predicted to take at least 72 hours, in some cases longer. These operations will start as soon as planned plowing stops later this week.

Back-To-School, Business Support, Rent Freeze, and COVID-19 Updates

Late yesterday evening, the Province of Ontario announced that students will be returning to in-classroom learning starting Monday, January 17, 2022. Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced new regulations allowing retired school teachers to teach more days to offset teacher absenteeism. Additionally, the Toronto District School Board has shipped over 600,000 N95 masks, and has shipped over 300 more HEPA filters as well as three play masks to all schools for student use. This is a good start but much more needs to be done to ensure student and staff safety.

Happy New Year, Stage 2 COVID Restrictions, and COVID-19 Updates

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I hope that you were able to enjoy celebrations in a way that still felt familiar and safe. I know many of us had cancelled, rescheduled or adapted plans for our holiday gatherings, but I hope there were still moments enjoyed, albeit in much smaller groups.

Happy Holidays from Councillor Wong-Tam

As we approach another holiday season living with the COVID-19 pandemic, I know many are feeling a renewed sense of anxiety, fear and isolation. With many cancelling or scaling down plans in an effort to have a safer celebration, I know it’s taking a toll on our communities. It may not be what we had hoped, but I want to encourage everyone to stay safe as they celebrate.

Booster Vaccine, Staying Safe Over the Holidays, and COVID-19 Updates

I know many of you are concerned about the rising cases of COVID-19 and the new Omicron variant. Yesterday, Ontario reported 1536 new cases of COVID. As a result, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health have restricted gatherings to just five people for the next week. This is in an effort to curb COVID’s spread as the region’s hospitals warned of limited capacity. Dr. Gerald Evans, Chair of Infectious Diseases at Queen’s University, predicts Kingston is about three days ahead of the rest of Ontario, and that Toronto will see a similar spike.

Regulating Micro-Utility Devices in Toronto’s Public Space

On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure and Environment Committee adopted recommendations from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) to ban the use of micro-utility devices, also known as automated robots, from operating on sidewalks and other public spaces. TAAC’s recommendation came after reviewing a presentation from City staff and at their request for a position that was due that same day in response to a ten-year pilot program initiated by the Province of Ontario.

Omicron Variant, Metrolinx Road Closures, and COVID-19 Updates

Late last week, Toronto Public Health reported its first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and today Ontario reports 928 new COVID cases including 340 hospitalized and 165 patients in the ICU. Toronto Public Health’s contact management team is currently following up with these cases and providing instructions to identify close contacts on isolation and testing. While initial Omicron data shows high transmissibility, there are still many unknowns. Today, the Ontario Science table released it’s latest modeling. Toronto Public Health experts will analyze this information carefully over the next few days as they prepare to give us advice on staying safe over the holiday period. This report suggests that the province is on track to stay under the government's critical ICU threshold in early 2022, without additional public health measures, if they can get to 50% of 5 to11 year old children vaccinated by the end of December.

Opioid Crisis, Mental Health Supports, #16Days, and COVID-19 Updates

In addition to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our communities continue to see the effects of another deadly public health crisis. Neighbourhoods across Toronto continue to be impacted by addictions and rising fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. This Sunday, two middle-aged men lost their lives to a drug overdose. Both experiencing homelessness and living in Bellevue Park. Experts say we are at a pace for a yearly 516 residents experiencing a fatal overdose, an 81% increase compared to 2019.

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