About

Toronto Councilmatic tracks all things related to Toronto City Council: the legislation introduced and passed, the various committees and the meetings they hold, and the councillors themselves.

You can search and browse legislation from 2014 onwards. Some interesting searches include:

Toronto Councilmatic is a free and easy way to access official Toronto City Council information.



What is Toronto City Council, and how does it work?

Toronto City Council is the legislative body of the City of Toronto. It consists of the Mayor and 44 elected Councillors, each representing one of Toronto's wards. City Council meets monthly and is presided over by John Tory, the Mayor of Toronto. The secretary is Ulli S. Watkiss, City Clerk of Toronto.

Generally, Toronto City Council deals with the following topics:

For the nitty-gritty on how Toronto City Council works, read learning guides about its structure, member roles and general decision-making from the City Clerk.

For the nitty-grittiest:


Types of legislation

Below are the types of agenda items that come before City Council.

Legislation Type Description
Action Items

Generally, these items are seeking some kind of direction or resolution from Council or Committee. Usually there are proposed recommendations which Council or Committee can adopt or amend by vote.

Information Reports

A City official's report that advises and informs without recommending.
A vote is required to dispose of the item (normally, a motion to receive).

Presentations

Normally a verbal update, a ceremonial presentation or presentations to the committee without a covering report, such as slide presentations or playing of videos.
A vote is required to dispose of the item (normally, a motion to receive).

Action Items are the most interesting type of agenda items, because if adopted, they will be the basis for new or amended by-laws.



We're open source!

This website is open source and on GitHub - meaning that anyone can re-use or adapt the code.



Data

The data from this website comes from the Toronto Meeting Management Information System (TMMIS) site, a system built custom for Toronto by the Toronto City Clerk's Office. The data is managed by the City Clerk's Office. On Councilmatic, each piece of legislation provides a link to its source for reference.

This data is then collected daily with the help of the custom web scrapers and stored using the Open Civic Data standard and platform. Open Civic Data standardizes information about people, organizations, events and bills at any level of government and was built in collaboration with The Sunlight Foundation, Google, Granicus and Open North.



Team

This site was built as a project of the Civic Tech Toronto community, during their weekly hack nights. Civic Tech Toronto is a diverse community of Torontonians interested in better understanding and finding solutions to civic challenges through technology, design or other means.


The foundational Councilmatic platform was built by DataMade, a civic technology company. They build open source technology using open data to empower journalists, researchers, governments and advocacy organizations.


Toronto Councilmatic has been built with support from The Sunlight Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to making government more accountable & transparent.



Contact us

Have a question about information you were seeking to find, or explanations of how Toronto City Council works? Send us an email hi@civictech.ca.

Developers: if you notice a bug, file an issue on our issue tracker!



Bring Councilmatic to your city!

We are committeed to spreading the Councilmatic platform to every city so everyone can stay informed on the actions of their local city council.

If you're interested in bringing Councilmatic to your city, sent us an email at info@councilmatic.org!



Credits

Councilmatic was originally created by Mjumbe Poe for Philidelphia, during his time as a 2011 Code For America Fellow. It was the first fully-developed open data site for municipal legislation in the United States.

Toronto Councilmatic was first rolled out in June 2013 by Derek Eder and Forest Gregg under Open City.

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