The Province of Ontario is reviewing Toronto's enabling legislation, the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (COTA). The City of Toronto is preparing its submission to the Province of Ontario on requested changes to COTA. At a recent meeting, City Council approved several changes to COTA that the City will submit to the province for consideration. The City Council decisions are available here.
To help ensure that the province hears from Toronto residents during this review, the City is holding a public meeting for Toronto residents to learn more about and share their views on COTA and the changes to COTA requested by City Council. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Queen St. W.
The public meeting will begin with an open house at 7 p.m., where the public can meet City staff and learn more about COTA and City Council's requested changes. At 8:15 p.m., City staff will make a brief presentation followed by public comments.
Toronto residents who want to learn more about COTA and provide comments online can visit this link for background information and a link to a survey. Input collected through the consultation will be submitted to the province.
The public may also submit input directly to the province at the Ontario Municipal Legislation Review webpage here.
Enacted in January 2007, COTA is enabling legislation that provides the City with governmental powers and authorities that are commensurate with its size and responsibilities. COTA requires a statutory review every five years.
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