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Impact of Bill 197 on Meeting Rules

Toronto City Council will be considering recommendations to adopt amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures

Decision Body

Executive Committee


It is proposed that the amendments be adopted at the City Council meeting to be held on July 28 and 29, 2020, or at a subsequent meeting. If adopted by City Council, amendments to the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, will:

1.    Effective from the date that Bill 197 is passed and proclaimed, extend the electronic participation rules applicable only during a declared emergency currently contained in Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures, for a period of one year following the later of the termination of the Provincial emergency or the termination of the municipal emergency.

The proposed amendments are outlined in the report titled "Impact of Bill 197 on Meeting Rules" To view or obtain a copy of the report, visit the City's website.

At its meeting to be held via video conference on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, the Executive Committee of Toronto City Council will hear from any person or by his or her counsel, agent, or solicitor, who wishes to speak to the matter.

The proposed amendments are subject to the decisions of the Executive Committee and City Council. Consequently, the proposed amendments may be modified. Additional or other amendments to the above-noted By-law, including amendments not contemplated or considered in the proposal by the City Clerk, may occur as a result of the decisions of the Committee and City Council.

To submit comments or make a presentation to the Executive Committee on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, as a courtesy, please contact the Committee no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020:

Executive Committee

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

10th Floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2

Telephone: 416-392-4666; Fax: 416-392-1879


To ask questions regarding the content of the report, please contact:

John Elvidge

Deputy City Clerk, Secretariat

Phone: 416-392-8641


Any comments received after the Committee meeting will be forwarded to City Council.

If this matter is postponed at the Committee meeting or City Council meeting or considered at a subsequent Committee or City Council meeting, no additional notice will be provided other than the information on the subsequent Committee or City Council agenda. Please contact the above City officials if you require notice in these cases.

The Executive Committee will make its final recommendations on July 21, 2020 which will be forwarded to City Council for its meeting on July 28 and 29, 2020.

Notice to people writing or making presentations to the Executive Committee: The City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the City of Toronto Municipal Code authorize the City of Toronto to collect any personal information in your communication or presentation to City Council or its Committees.

The City collects this information to enable it to make informed decisions on the relevant issue(s). If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations, or other communications to the City, you should be aware that your name and the fact that you communicated with the City will become part of the public record and will appear on the City’s website. The City will

also make your communication and any personal information in it - such as your postal

address, telephone number, or e-mail address - available to the public, unless you expressly request the City to remove it.

Many Committee, Board, and Advisory Body meetings are broadcast live over the internet for the public to view. If you speak at the meeting you will appear in the video broadcast. Video broadcasts are archived and continue to be publicly available.

If you want to learn more about why and how the City collects your information, write to the City Clerk’s Office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON, M5H 2N2 or call 416-392-4666.

For More Information Contact

Executive Committee
Phone: 416-392-4666
Fax: 416-392-1879

Toronto City Hall, 10th Floor, West Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2N2

Signed By

Ulli S. Watkiss, City Clerk


July 14, 2020

Additional Information

Background Information

Impact of Bill 197 on Meeting Rules - View


2020.EX15.21 - Impact of Bill 197 on Meeting Rules

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 27, Council Procedures


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