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.