City Clerk's Office

Proclamations

Proclamations are issued at the discretion of the City of Toronto.

Proclamations are ceremonial documents, signed by the Mayor and issued to organizations/businesses in Toronto for:

  • public awareness campaigns
  • charitable fundraising campaigns
  • arts and cultural celebrations
  • special honours (on the recommendation of the Mayor)

Proclamations will not be issued for:

  • matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual conviction
  • events or organizations with no direct impact to the City of Toronto
  • campaigns or events contrary to City policies or by-laws
  • National, Independence or Republic Days (please see
      flag-raisings for appropriate recognition)
  • Campaigns intended for profit-making purposes

Other:

  • An organization may request only one proclamation annually.
  • A congratulatory letter or customized scroll may be offered as an alternative where the proclamation criteria are not met.
  • An organization does not have exclusive rights to the day, week or month of their proclamation.
  • Proclamations are issued on a first come, first served basis.
  • Proclamations are not read aloud at meetings of City Council.
  • All proclamations are posted on this website.

One copy of the proclamation will be issued to the requesting organization. If you are requesting a proclamation for the first time, please provide details on your organization and the relevance of the proclamation to Toronto. As well, please provide some background information and/or prepare a draft of what you would like to see included on the proclamation. 

Proclamation requests must be submitted in writing each year, on organization letterhead, a minimum of six weeks before the event, using our online request form.

If you have any questions, please contact Protocol Services as shown above.

Should your event be of interest to the general public, please submit it to the City of Toronto Festival and Events Calendar/Database so we may help promote it: www.toronto.ca/event.calendar