Rob Ford (b.1969)
Mayor of Toronto - 2010-2014
Rob Ford was elected Toronto's 64th mayor in October 2010 after serving 10 years as Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North).
Rob Ford led a very busy Council agenda after he was sworn in as mayor on December 1, 2010. In very short order, Ford eliminated the Personal Vehicle Tax, putting $64 million back into taxpayers' pockets. He also declared the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service, protecting riders from future labour disruptions. Leading by example, he reduced his office budget by $700,000 and Councillor's tax-free expense accounts saving another $900,000 and led Council to freeze its own salaries.
As Mayor, Ford contracted out garbage collection in half the city for a savings of $11.5 million per year for seven years. By bargaining hard, he won new four-year collective agreements with the City's major unions, achieving unprecedented flexibility to improve customer service while giving taxpayers the best value for their tax dollars and saving over $100 million. He also fulfilled another election promise, by recognizing Emergency Medical Service as an essential service.
Faced with a major leadership crisis at Toronto Community Housing Corporation and a broad loss of public confidence in the agency, Ford acted decisively to remove the board of directors and senior management team and replace them with a skills-based board that made major progress in restoring public and tenant faith in North America's second-largest social housing provider, with 164,000 tenants.
Born in Etobicoke, May 28, 1969, Rob Ford learned the importance of community service and political involvement from his father, the late Doug Ford Sr. who served as MPP for Etobicoke-Humber from 1995-99. A strong believer in building better communities, he is a past volunteer at the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, Terry Fox Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and a former Rotarian.
Ford's passion in promoting the positive development of youth and his own experience in playing high school and university-level football is why he spearheaded an initiative to bring back high school football. In 1999, Ford founded the popular Newtonbrook North Stars football team. In 2002, Ford founded the highly successful Eagles football program at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School in North Etobicoke where he spent many years as the Head Coach of the Junior and Senior Teams. In order to ensure all Toronto youth have an opportunity to play football, he established the Rob Ford Football Foundation which has helped fund football programs at high schools across the City, including Newtonbrook Secondary School, Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, Sir Sanford Fleming Academy, Westview Centennial Secondary School, Forest Hill Collegiate, Eastern Commerce Collegiate, Lester B. Pearson Collegiate and C.W. Jefferys Collegiate. Ford has also helped ensure youth between 14 and 19 have the opportunity to participate in youth football programs through the summer with the Rexdale Raiders.
Rob Ford and his wife Renata are lifelong residents of Etobicoke. They have two children, Stephanie and Douglas.