Since being elected in 2014, John Tory has made the city more livable, affordable and functional. He has improved the way people move around this city, fighting traffic congestion and speeding up major construction projects; introducing free transit for kids under 12 and discounted transit for low income residents; championing a transit network expansion plan, and securing $9 billion in investments from other levels of government – the single biggest infrastructure investment in this city’s history.
Under Mayor Tory’s administration, Transit Network Plans are being developed for the first time, which means we are not planning transit projects in isolation, but rather considering them through a network approach. This ensures we are planning projects that fit into the wider vision for the city, and that they are being built concurrently, and not one at a time as before.
During the 2014 election campaign, the Mayor committed to keeping property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. He has delivered on that promise every year he has been in office. He has also kept waste rates at or near the rate of inflation. And he has stuck with City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure. The Mayor also killed a proposal for a separate stormwater charge - the so-called roof tax - that would have increased water bills for many residents in the City.