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Vote Josh Matlow
for Mayor

Together we can 
build a city that works

Vote Josh Matlow
for Mayor

Together we can 
build a city that works

It's time to have an honest conversation about this city. We can have a Toronto that works, one that prospers, but we need to invest in it. Together, we can make this happen.

Josh Matlow will fight for a better Toronto. A Toronto that is safe, affordable and livable for all Torontonians.

Josh is a father, a city councillor and a trusted friend to so many community members. For decades, he has fought for tenant protections, youth hubs, seniors supports and dignity and resources for those who are homeless. He loves his family, his 10-year-old daughter and he cares deeply about this city.

Josh is the only candidate with a real plan that spells out exactly how he will pay for it. He is a doer, who uses facts and evidence to push for real improvements to Toronto, and he is the one to lead Toronto into its next chapter.

As Mayor, Josh will stand up to Doug Ford and his plan to sell off Ontario Place for a private spa, and demand a review of the Eglinton Crosstown construction delays and costs.


He will reverse transit cuts so that you can count on the TTC to run on a full and reliable schedule, and he’ll get Scarborough moving with LRTs, busways and new cycling and walking trails.

Josh will support tenants by cracking down on shady renovictions and bad landlords, and for all residents, he’ll create more housing options so it’s easier to find a home in your budget.

He’ll bring together neighbours by opening schools evenings and weekends for community spaces and recreation, and every library branch on Sundays all year round. And he’ll make this city vibrant by fully investing in arts, culture and festivals to bring life back to all corners of the city.

A Toronto with Josh Matlow as Mayor is a better Toronto.


Together we can build a city that works

Learn more about my platform and how we will pay for it

Fully costed platform

Our plan to raise new revenues and secure long-term stable funding from the provincial and federal governments to make our city safer, more affordable and livable for everyone.


Watch my video about why the cost of living has become so high in Toronto

Fully costed platform

Our plan to raise new revenues and secure long-term stable funding from the provincial and federal governments to make our city safer, more affordable and livable for everyone. Read the full news release

Long-term strategic plan

Toronto must present a long-term strategic plan with City funding for the services and infrastructure our three million residents need.

We will deliver on these priorities by finally securing the stable, long-term and predictable funding Toronto needs to support our residents. His approach is to:

  • Raise revenues to cover appropriately municipal responsibilities and get Toronto’s own house in order, including raising $390 million over five years via a property tax increase of 2% above inflation; bringing in a $200 million annual surface parking lot levy; stabilizing the police budget for three years to yield $115 million; reducing City spending on external consultants by $14 million; leveraging a 2% increase in the hotel tax to raise $50 million; and finding $568 million in savings by rebuilding the crumbling eastern end of the Gardiner Expressway on the ground. 
  • Develop a 10-year strategic plan to fund the City’s five priority areas with clear expectations of support from the other levels of government.
  • Form strong alliances with large cities that have common goals in Ontario and across Canada to strengthen Toronto’s political voice.
  • Work towards achieving a City Charter to provide Toronto with similar autonomy to that of New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles over the long term.

Read the full news release


Watch my video on why finding a home in Toronto has become a nightmare

Comprehensive Housing Plan

We will addresses both the urgent housing and homelessness crises facing Torontonians today with an investment of $407.6 million to lower the cost of housing, support homeless residents and create more great places to live in neighbourhoods that include childcare, schools, infrastructure and parks.

This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund and City Works Fund. Read the full news release

Public Build Toronto

We will establish a new City agency that will allow us to build housing at cost on City-owned lands, making it easier for you to find a home in your budget.

This will be funded with $300 million in seed funding from the City, and by waiving all municipal fees including property taxes and development charges. Read the full news release

Tenant Support Program

This program will improve affordability for rentals and strengthen protections against fraudulent evictions and poorly maintained buildings. Read the full news release


TransformTO Funding

The first plank of our environment policy includes a $200 million annual investment to ensure Toronto can meet its TransformTO commitment to be net zero by 2040.

This will be funded by the creation of a new commercial parking lot levy. Read the full news release

Ontario Greenbelt Leaders Council

We will bring together local mayors and Indigenous leaders to form a Greenbelt Leaders council. The council will work with the federal government to safeguard farmland, forests and water sources and protect the vital Greenbelt from development. Read the full news release

Transit & Congestion

Watch my video about why the TTC has been getting worse lately

Transit Funding

We will reverse TTC cuts and return service to pre-pandemic levels so that it's easier for you and your family to get around the city.

This will be funded through the City Works Fund, and later through the climate action levy (see above: Environment). Read the full news release

Scarborough Moves

We will launch a comprehensive transportation network in Scarborough that includes a connected network of public transit routes (with over 40 stops) and cycling and walking trails that will shorten commute times and improve quality of life.

This will be funded through the City funds already earmarked for Eglinton East LRT, the climate action levy, City Works Fund, and savings from rebuilding the east portion of the Gardiner at ground level. Read the full news release


To ease congestion we need to improve transit and road safety so that everyone has more options to get around, whether that's by transit, cycling or walking. We have to crack down on people who park illegally in lanes and block traffic by hogging the curb during rush hour, and not allow every construction project to occupy a lane for two to three years to ensure they do not increase congestion at busy intersections. 

Waterfront East LRT

We will fund a Waterfront East LRT to revitalize the waterfront and improve access to the Distillery District, Corktown, Queens Quay, George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus and future high-density neighbourhoods in the Lower Don Lands and the Port Lands. Read the full news release

Ontario Place

Torontonians want public park, not private spa

We will stop Doug Ford’s plan for a private spa at Ontario Place by withholding 16 acres of City-owned property to ensure that everyone has access to this important part of the waterfront. Sign the pledge to keep Ontario Place in public hands

Josh has also proposed that the federal government step in to protect the land from expropriation Read the full news release

Services & Safety

Community Health & Safety Fund

We will establish a $115 million fund to address well-known risk factors for criminal behaviour, including poverty, racism and trauma, which will make the TTC and city safer.

This will be funded by stabilizing the annual police budget of $1.16 billion for three years. Read the full news release

Traffic Safety

We will redesign Toronto’s most dangerous intersections and stretches of road by increasing annual traffic safety capital spending to $56 million from $23 million over two years.

This will be funded through the City Works Fund. Read the full news release

City Works Fund

A new property tax that would cost the average homeowner about $67 per year and generate $390 million over five years to improve vital city services. Read the statement


Addiction and substance use issues are health issues and need to be treated as such. I support the decriminalization of illicit drugs for personal use. I also support the evidence behind safe-injection sites. For these sites to be successful, I advocate that we make sure to implement them with appropriate wraparound supports and services in place.

Bike lanes

Our streets must be designed to improve comfort and safety for all users. The more people who have a safe and reliable way to bike around our city means fewer people in cars in front of us creating the traffic that we are all part of. To make it easier to get around, my traffic safety plan will boost capital investment in road improvements by $33 million to fix the city’s most dangerous intersections and roads. This shift in the budget focus from operating investments in behavioural modification measures like signage, distracted driving and red-light cameras to capital investments in infrastructure and street improvements will make it safer to walk, bike and drive. Read the full news release

Community & Culture


Our plan will boost job prospects, build skills and improve individual and community health and well-being for youth across Toronto.

This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund. Read the full news release

Open Schools Toronto

Our program to utilize schools as community centres on evenings and weekends will provide neighbours with more opportunities to come together for recreation programs, continuing education classes and social activities.

This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund. Read the full news release

Libraries Open on Sundays

We will open all Toronto Public Libraries on Sundays so that everyone can access technology, classes and important resources every day of the week.

This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund. Read the full news release

Culture, Creativity + Community

We will invest more in our arts and culture sector to create more affordable spaces for artists and community culture events, expand our festivals and make Toronto a leader for film and television production.

This will be funded through the City’s hotel tax and by reducing the City’s consulting spend. Read the full news release


Age-Friendly Toronto

A plan to make Toronto one of the healthiest cities to age well in. Plan includes lowering TTC fares for seniors and investing in social connections, promoting independence and quality of life.

This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund and City Works Fund. Read the full news release

Gardiner Expressway

East-End Rebuild

Rebuild the crumbling 2.4 kilometres of the aging elevated highway east of Jarvis Street at ground level in order to redirect $568 million to other pressing priorities. Read the full news release

Get Involved

A Better Toronto is possible

Our campaign is fighting to address issues that matter to Torontonians like you, and for a city that prioritizes:

  • Community health and safety
  • Affordable housing
  • Reliable city services
  • Tenants’ rights to safe, healthy homes
  • An Ontario Place with a public park, not a private spa
  • Keeping our Science Centre where it is

I have a fully costed plan that will make our city work, join us for a better Toronto.