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What’s at Stake, Toronto? | 2023 Toronto Mayoral By-Election Platform

During the 2023 Toronto Mayoral By-Election, we highlighted the biggest issues – from strained municipal finances to the cost of living crisis. We challenged the candidates to consider these issues and come forward with solutions to address them, asking the question ‘What’s at Stake, Toronto?’
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2023 Toronto Mayoral Debate

On May 25th, the Toronto Region Board of Trade and TVO hosted a Toronto Mayoral Debate with top polling candidates.

The Bottom Line

We asked this question because the By-Election took place at an inflection point with the future of our city at stake. 

We were – and still are – facing a fiscal crisis that could put us further and further behind where we need to be. Without real change to our fiscal framework and sustainable solutions for congestion, affordability, public safety, and homelessness, we will not be able to live up to our potential as a great place to live and an attractive market for investment.

This page collects our advocacy from the 2023 Mayoral campaign as a reference, and a reminder of the key issues we advocated for. 

With a new Mayor in place, we remain committed to advocating for an approach that will support an economically competitive region. We look forward to working with Mayor Chow to ensure our long-admired high standard of living is maintained, and that we focus our available budget on issues within the City’s mandate while pushing for a sustainable financial future.

#WhatsAtStakeTO Issues Guides

Large cities like Toronto have insufficient sources of revenue. 

The nation’s economic engine urgently needs a reboot. The City cannot continue to deliver services that benefit the region without appropriate funding from other orders of government. Our issues guides highlighted some of the city’s greatest challenges in this context.

Help Wanted:  Toronto Sought A New Mayor Who Understood What’s At Stake

To kick off the 'What’s at Stake' campaign, we released a ‘job description,’ outlining the attributes the incoming Mayor should reflect and the responsibilities they would need to take on.  We made the case that Torontonians and our business community sought a Mayor who understands what’s at stake and serves with a passion to make Toronto a city that works for all. 

As the Chief Executive for a multi-billion-dollar business, we highlighted that Toronto’s mayor must demonstrate that they have the right mix of knowledge, skills, and experience to lead an organization into a successful future for its employees and customers. 

Click below to read the job description.