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University of Toronto’s IMFG new Pre-Election Paper highlights key election issues in six Ontario cities

September 30, 2014

TORONTO, ON — With the upcoming October 27 municipal elections taking place, political change is coming to many of Ontario’s big cities. A new paper by the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the Munk School of Global Affairs profiles election campaigns in six of Ontario’s biggest cities — Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor.

For each of the six cities, a local expert has been recruited to analyze the unique economic, demographic and fiscal conditions in each city. The 17-page report looks at the major issues Ontario candidates and voters should be considering before heading to the ballot box.

“There will be plenty of political intrigue in the run up to Ontario’s October 27 municipal elections,” says the paper’s editor Zachary Spicer, a post-doctoral Fellow with the IMFG. “More important for residents, however, are the critical issues on the agenda – from financial management, transit investment and renewing the local economy, to rebuilding trust in city governments that have been wracked by scandal.”

In the upcoming elections, the mayors of Hamilton, London, Toronto and Windsor won’t be seeking re-election. It will also be the end of an era in Mississauga, as Mayor Hazel McCallion retires after 36 years in office.

The paper, “The Times They are a Changin’ (Mostly): A 2014 Election Primer for Ontario’s Biggest Cities” can be download here:

This is the third paper in a Pre-Election Perspectives series of reports leading up to the October 27 elections. The other reports can also be downloaded here:

About the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG)
The IMFG is an academic research hub and think tank that focusses on the fiscal and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions. It is located at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and can be located online at


Media contact:

Zachary “Zac” Spicer
Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance
Tel: 416-999-2830

Enid Slack
Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance
Tel: 416-946-0328

Media contact for Ontario experts outside of Toronto who contributed to the paper:

• Ottawa – Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa 613-562-5800 ext. 2755)
• Mississauga – Tom Urbaniak (Cape Breton University 902-563-1226)
• London – Dr. Andrew Sancton (Western University 519-661-2111 ext. 82985)
• Windsor – Dr. John Sutcliffe (University of Windsor 519-253-3000 ext. 2360)
• Hamilton – Dr. Peter Graefe (McMaster University 905-525-9140 ext. 27716)