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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Vaccine Certificate, Back-To-School, Voting, and COVID-19 Updates

Today, the Province of Ontario announced clarifying measures and enforcement protocols around the newly implemented vaccine certificate. Starting on September 22, proof of vaccination status will be required to eat indoors at restaurants and bars, to enter a gym, movie theatre, sporting venue, or concert, and to use a large meeting and event space. Ontario residents will need to either print or download their second dose receipt from the government website until an “enhanced” certificate becomes available on October 22. They can also use a receipt signed by an Indigenous health provider or a receipt from “another jurisdiction.” The new rules will not impact children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Accessible Vaccine Certificates, Save Main Streets, and COVID-19 Updates

Late last week, we saw new cases of COVID-19 rise to 825 new cases. This is not the trend we want. Last Thursday, the Ontario Science Table confirmed that we are indeed in the fourth wave and that an 85% vaccination rate is needed in order to avoid a full lockdown this autumn. 

This morning I was informed by the City’s Fire Chief about a second alarm fire that broke during 1:35 am at 77 Huntley. Toronto Fire Services was met with a serious working fire in a unit located on the 7th floor and encountered heavy smoke immediately.

Back-to-School, Housing Promises in Federal Election, and COVID-19 Updates

On Friday, Health Canada announced that it has authorized the Moderna vaccine for children as young as 12 years of age to help in the fight against COVID-19. Health Canada has reported that so far any adverse reactions are consistent with those among the adult population including swelling at the site of injection, fatigue, and headaches, and that these reactions typically only lasted three days. We don’t have information yet as to when they’ll begin administering Moderna, and I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Foundry Victory, Mandatory Vaccinations, and COVID-19 Updates

This past Friday August 20, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association agreed on a settlement to preserve a significant portion of the Foundry buildings, located at 153-185 Eastern Avenue in the West Don Lands and Corktown neighbourhood.

Statement on the Agreement in Principal for the Foundry Buildings

Together, we saved the Foundry!

Today the City of Toronto announced that the City and the Province of Ontario have reached an agreement in principle regarding the provincially-owned Dominion Foundry Complex, former industrial lands comprised of four heritage buildings known as the Foundry Buildings located at 153-185 Eastern Ave. 

As part of the agreement, the Province has committed to conserving a majority of the cultural heritage value of the property, while also protecting in writing the provision for some affordable housing. The plan includes the retention of significant buildings and features of the site and the demolition of others. 

Vaccine Passport, Save Main Streets TO, and COVID-19 Updates

I want to start by expressing my concern for the people of Afghanistan as soldiers and democracy workers from the United States and Canada plan to leave after twenty years on the ground in support of the country’s struggling democracy.

We're Hiring! Constituency Assistant

Job Posting - Constituency Assistant 

Kristyn Wong-Tam is the City Councillor for Ward 13 - Toronto Centre: a fast-paced, high-intensity and always evolving downtown ward with over 120,000 residents, 14 dynamic neighbourhoods and five Business Improvement Areas.

This position is ideally suited for an energetic self-starter who is keenly interested in municipal government and politics and understands the importance of using a social justice and equity lens to city building.

Back to School, Small Business Tax Class, and COVID-19 Updates

Last week, the Province announced their plans for back to school in September. The goal is to get as many students back in the classroom and learning alongside their peers as possible. Part of this plan includes mandatory masks while indoors for grades one through 12, and is recommended for students in kindergarten. 

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