Kristyn Wong-Tam is your city champion. Elected to City Council in 2010, she has represented many of Toronto's diverse downtown neighbourhoods and has been a proud champion of building healthy, inclusive communities. For the past eight years, she has been a leading voice on many of Toronto's most critical issues, including housing affordability, transit, small business property tax reforms, increased social services, heritage preservation, healthy and vibrant public realm, and gender equality, and a trusted voice at City Hall.
Kristyn has had an extensive career investing in the city of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of improved social planning programs, new affordable housing, innovative economic development programs, community art projects, and investments in diverse, family-friendly neighbourhood planning.
Prior to being elected to City Council in 2010, Councillor Wong-Tam was an accomplished real estate professional with over 16 years working in the downtown and dynamic Waterfront communities. She co-managed a team of 150+ employees and led one of the top-performing offices in North America. Her business advocacy and entrepreneurship focusing on urban economic development, earned her a seat on Mayor David Miller’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee which produced the Agenda for Prosperity in 2008.
In addition to her city appointments to numerous city boards and agencies, Kristyn is:
- Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which provides advice to City Council on policy initiatives that will support the elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities.
- Chair of the Toronto East York Community Council, which, based on geographical area, is responsible for making recommendations and decisions on local planning and development, as well as other neighbourhood matters.
- Member the Community Development Recreation Committee, which focus includes social cohesion, with a mandate to monitor and make recommendations to strengthen services to communities and neighbourhoods.
- Member of Toronto Preservation Board, which provides advice to City Council on the designation of heritage properties and conservation districts, and guides the preservation of Toronto's built form.
Kristyn has served as as:
- Vice-President of The 519 Community Centre, which is dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ communities.
- Co-Founder of Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage, which successfully advocated for legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada in 2005.
- President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter, which promotes equity, inclusive civic participation and respect for diversity.
- Founding member of the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, which instills strong local businesses, promotes culture and tourism in the neighbourhrood.
- Member of Mayor David Miller’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee, which produced the Agenda for Prosperity in 2008.
Champion for Toronto
- Kristyn is a vocal champion for sustainable living and environmental health and plays a vital role in ensuring the vibrancy of our city and its economic and social development.
- As a tireless community activist, Kristyn has been a strong advocate for the expansion of green public spaces, farmers' markets, community gardens including improvements to parks and ravines.
- She has developed innovative partnerships with developers to build new affordable housing and has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing.
- Kristyn is working in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to create Canada's first-ever Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 200 Dundas Street, along with the first-ever urban Indigenous District.
Why City Politics?
"I entered politics in 2010 because I saw a need for leadership. I had an extensive career in the private sector, but I knew I had much more to contribute to building a healthy and sustainable city. I wanted to help advance Toronto's progress in a positive way," said Kristyn. "The work I do comes from my convictions and values. It is an honour to serve and fight for fair and equal city."