Toronto is one of the most liveable and competitive cities in the world as demonstrated by various international rankings and reports. In addition to securing its position on the world stage, Toronto's rankings confirm that it continues to offer a high quality of life for about 2.8 million residents who choose to live and work here. The City has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public service.
The City of Toronto was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2017 for offering an exceptional place to work. The organizers evaluate employers against other organizations and highlight those who offer the most progressive and innovative programs.
The City of Toronto was named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2017 for its exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.
On January 28, 2015, the City of Toronto's United Way Employee Campaign received two awards at the annual United Way Toronto recognition event: the Joint Labour and Management Campaign Award and the Public Sector Campaign Team Spirit Award.
2017 Divisional Awards
Information & Technology
On June 5, 2017, the City of Toronto's Vehicle for Hire Legislation Solution and Enterprise Geospatial Environment were recognized with the Excellence in Municipal Systems Award by MiSA Ontario. Both these solutions demonstrated a furthering of the City's strategic objectives using information technology, an improvement in service delivery to clients, residents and businesses, and a high level of collaboration between IT and other divisions.
The City of Toronto's Vehicle for Hire Legislation implementation captures the 2017 Digital Transformation Award in the large public sector category. Selected from a strong field of over 25 finalists across Canada, the City of Toronto was compared to other nominations in the same category. The inaugural Digital Transformation Awards recognize excellence in digital transformation across Canada.
The City was presented with an Open Cities Index (OCI) Award from Public Sector Digest and Canada's Open Data Exchange for being one of the top three ranked municipalities in 2016. This year's OCI includes 68 municipalities and allows participating organizations to compare themselves against their peer groups and track their openness over time, based on specific dataset classifications. Toronto's open data sets have been used by the public to create mobile apps, web/browser apps and visualizations, among other applications.
2015 Divisional Awards
Economic Development and Culture
In 2015, the Economic Development and Culture division received two awards of excellence from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche received an award for its public-private partnership while the Signature Sites Collection 2014 document received an award as best publication in a large community.
The City of Toronto was named the recipient of the 2015 Ontario Wood Award, which is presented annually to an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to promoting and supporting local wood programs and producers. The City was also recognized for its urban forestry services and for its innovative programs for turning wood from diseased trees into usable lumber.
Municipal Licensing and Standards/Transportation Services
The City of Toronto's Graffiti Management Plan has been honoured with the Silver Award for Leadership in Municipal Government by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and Deloitte. The City's Graffiti Management Plan is an integrated approach to graffiti and street art that combines enforcement, removal and beautification through the StARToronto initiatives and improved co-ordination to support victims of graffiti vandalism and showcase street art and artists. The program is led by Transportation Services and Municipal Licensing and Standards in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service and community groups such as Business Improvement Areas, arts organizations and artists.
Solid Waste Management Services
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recognized the City of Toronto's excellence in SWANA’s Collection & Transfer Technical category with a Bronze in the Collection System category of the SWANA Excellence Awards.
The City of Toronto received an award recognizing excellence in municipal promotional and educational materials. The City of Toronto used creativity in its "Get with the Program" advertising campaign to increase both waste diversion and resident participation in diversion programs and received a Gold award in the Campaign category of the Municipal Waste Association Promotion and Education Awards.
The City of Toronto was honoured with Gold in the Print Tool category of the Municipal Waste Association Promotion and Education Awards recognizing excellence in municipal promotional and educational materials. The City of Toronto used ingenuity with its "Get with the Program" advertising campaign using direct mail to increase both waste diversion and resident participation in diversion programs.
Toronto Water received the 2015 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Water Conservation Framework 'Most Innovative Water Conservation Method Award' for its Industrial Water Rate strategy that helps the Industrial, Commercial and Institution's sector realize water conservation.
Ontario Water Works (OWWA) presented Toronto Water the Albert E. Berry Membership Award in recognition of the valuable contributions made by the City of Toronto to OWWA.
The City Manager's Award for Toronto Public Service Excellence is a recognition initiative introduced in 2008. It is the Toronto Public Service's highest honour.
The award itself is a beautiful bronze sculpture and is on permanent display in the Rotunda at City Hall. The three rings of the Triad sculpture symbolize the Toronto Public Service values of service, stewardship and commitment. The award is presented annually to a City division or program that has achieved a high and measurable standard of excellence.