Many of the City's programs and services are delivered by staff from the City's divisions, such as Transportation Services, City Planning, and Parks, Forestry & Recreation. However, many other important services are administered on behalf of the City and the community through separate City agencies and corporations and other special purpose bodies, each having its own relationship with City Council. Other services are administered through corporations that are partnered with the City.
City agencies and corporations range in size and scope from large corporations with a lot of authority over their own operations, such as Toronto Hydro Corporation, to small community-based boards that rely on community involvement and volunteers to deliver programs, such as Community Centre 55.
Why manage through Agencies and Corporations?
City Council has chosen to deliver some services through agencies or corporations in cases where decision-making has been delegated to a board of directors, rather than Council. There are a variety of reasons for doing this:
The reasons vary with each agency, but the composition of the board and the operating principles and policies followed should be consistent with the reasons for establishing the arms-length relationship in order for the service to be delivered effectively.
Types of bodies
City agencies and corporations range in size and scope and degree of independence from the City. For example:
Relationship to the City
City Council has delegated varying levels of authority to its agencies and corporations to deliver services on Council's behalf. Different agencies may have different powers and responsibilities based on different legislative requirements and differences in status, mandate and structure. With these responsibilities comes the obligation to conduct business in a manner consistent with City objectives. City Council does a number of things to support these relationships:
How to get involved
Are you someone who wants to make a difference in the community? Do you have the time, talent and enthusiasm that the City is looking for? Do you believe in open and accountable government?
The City needs residents of Toronto to serve on high profile, challenging and exciting boards of directors for City agencies. This includes people with a wide range of expertise in many fields such as public health, real estate development, law, business, environment, financial management, adjudication, market development, public policy, urban planning, trade shows, heritage, literacy, public safety, etc. Our priority is to appoint boards that reflect the diversity of the community they serve.
If you are interested in applying to serve on the board of a City agency or corporation, or call 311 to learn more about what opportunities are available and how you can get involved.
For more information
Learn more about the City's agencies and corporations, including their relationships with the City, the responsibilities of their boards, and how to get involved, or call 311.
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