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The subject of Community Boards is new to this website. However, the subject of democratic, participatory governance by the people through Community Boards is not new.  New York City has successfully utilized Community Boards for more than 30 years.

Following amalgamation in 1998, the new City of Toronto became the fifth largest municipality in North America, trailing Mexico City, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Despite continuous verbal and written reassurance from City Hall that we have an open and transparent, participatory City Government, the reality is quite different.  Many residents find their views are not heard, and they are routinely left out of the decision-making process at City Hall.

We are starting to collect information on the subject of Community Boards and would like in the near future to have a working Community Board in each of the 44 Wards.

You are invited to review the following materials.  If you are aware of other documentation that you believe should be included, please let us know by email through our contact page or directly via  If you want to participate - you are welcome to work with us.

(1)  "Rethinking (Reform of) Toronto's Governance" video presentation by Paul Bedford, former City of Toronto Chief Planner, hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs, September 14, 2010


(2)   2010 Handbook for Community Board Members - New York City

(3)  City of Toronto Budget 2012 - Community Boards - slideshow

(4)  Building a Democratic City, Josh Lerner, April 2, 2004