Feb 17, 2021
In 2018, an election began for Toronto City Council based on 47 wards. Closing date for nominations was July 27, 2018. The election date was October 22, 2018. As well, the Toronto School Board ran elections based on the same ward structure. After candidates were certified, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario enacted the Better Local Government Act. The Act reduced the number of wards to 25 and changed ward boundaries. This disrupted election campaigns. Applications were commenced challenging the constitutionality of the Act. The application judge granted the applications. He found the Act in breach of s. 2(b) of the Charter. He ordered the provisions reducing the number of wards of no force and effect and he ordered the election to proceed on the previous 47 ward structure. Before the election, the C.A. stayed the application judge’s decision and the election proceeded based on 25 wards. After the election, a majority of the C.A. allowed an appeal and set aside the application judge’s decision.