On Wednesday, city council voted in favour of bumping up the current number of municipal wards in Toronto.
The motion, which still needs approval from Ontario’s Municipal Board, would see three new wards in downtown and one new entry in North York.
The move comes after an October city manager report, which transmitted recommendations from consultants who were hired via the executive committee’s direction in the spring.
The consultants recommended a ward structure of 47, with an average ward population of approximately 61,000 which compensates for the change in Toronto’s population over the last 15 years.
A list of seven options were brought forward by consultants with changes potentially taking effect in the next regular election in 2018 assuming any appeals are concluded prior to December 31, 2017.
Although the executive committee did endorse the increase in wards, Mayor John Tory has shown his disapproval in the past.
“We don’t need any more politicians at city hall.” the mayor re-iterated before the vote on Wednesday. “We should focus on how we can make this government work better, how we can serve the people better and how we can make sure they can have adequate representation.”
Estimates from council precedings has put the cost of adding the new wards at 870,000 per year.
— Mark McAllister (@McAllister_Mark) November 9, 2016