Peter Milczyn was born and raised in south Etobicoke. After graduating from Etobicoke Collegiate, Peter attended the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture, graduating in 1989.
In 1991, Peter formed PZM Design - a design, development and architectural consulting firm which, amongst other projects, was involved in the non-profit housing sector - focussing on the development of several significant private and public projects.
It was Peter's lifelong passion for architecture and urban design, coupled with an interest in Municipal affairs, which convinced him to seek elected office. In 1994 Peter was first elected as Councillor with the former City of Etobicoke. Over the course of this three-year term, his achievements included bringing architectural design excellence and urban design issues to the forefront of the political agenda in Etobicoke, playing a key role in the stimulation of development on the moribund Etobicoke Motel Strip, including renaming it "Humber Bay Shores".
Re-elected to the amalgamated City of Toronto Council in 2000 and continuing his representation of Ward 5 to the 2010-2014 term of Council, Peter proudly served the residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
Peter Milczyn served as Chair of the City's Planning and Growth Management Committee; Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission; was a member of then-Mayor Ford's Executive Committee, Budget Committee, and also represented Council on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Toronto French Committee.
In previous Council terms, Peter was tasked with overseeing the development of the City's Information & Technology strategy by launching various e-Government initiatives. The first project was the unveiling of Toronto's 311 Customer Service call centre in September 2009.
At City Council, Peter took a leading role on the approval of the City's vision for the West District Design Initiative (re-development to the vacant City-owned Westwood Theatre Lands, Kipling-Islington TTC stations improvements, Six Points Interchange redesign, and Etobicoke Civic Centre lands redevelopment); he pushed for Council to consider the formation of a Committee of Adjustment Appeal Panel, which would review minor variance and consent appeals at the City - rather than appeals going to the OMB; and he led the International Design Competition for the revitalization of Nathan Philips Square.
In his last term, as Chair of Planning and Growth Management, Peter would oversee the five-year review of Toronto's Official Plan, be a leader on City Planning and Urban Design issues, and work on finding improvements and efficiencies within the planning process.
Peter's Committee and Toronto City Council work, along with his continued commitment to fiscal responsibility at City Hall, outreach to the neighbourhoods of Ward 5, finding excellence in customer service and efficiencies across all departments at City Hall, and providing input and support to the Groups and BIA's of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, remain his focus.
Peter has varied interests including art, travel and a passion for languages. He is fluent in Polish and French, and has studied German, Italian and Latin.