City Council has chosen to deliver services and perform certain activities through agencies and corporations in order to:
- Meet legal requirements;
- Operate in a commercial environment;
- Focus on delivering a specific policy objective or service;
- Enable independent decision making; and
- Engage citizens in board decision-making, bring expertise, involve funders or fundraisers and use volunteer capacity.
City Council delegates varying levels of authority to agencies and corporations to deliver services on its behalf. Each agency and corporation has a different mandate and responsibility.
The City Manager is responsible for certain governance issues, (e.g., by-laws, board structures, relationship frameworks, shareholder directions, etc.). The Strategic and Corporate Policy Division of the City Manager's Office:
- Provides advice and support related to organizational objectives, laws and other requirements:
- Establishes and changing mandates and governance structures;
- Defines accountability mechanisms such as policy and reporting requirements; and
- Provides strategic governance advice and coordinating intergovernmental relations.
This chart illustrates the City of Toronto's Agencies, Corporations and Adjudicative Boards.