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Dear residents and friends,


I deeply appreciate your support and confidence and I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you on the many issues, challenges and opportunities we'll face together as a community here in Ward 22, St. Paul's and as a city.


I'm advocating for a more thoughtful, creative and responsible new approach for city council. I want council to engage our city's residents with an inspiring plan and make informed decisions that are based on evidence, community consultation and the merits of arguments - rather than ideology or left or right-wing partisanship.


My staff and I are here to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have. We're also working every day to improve our local neighbourhoods- along with supporting the many valued services Torontonians rely on every day. You are always welcome to contact me at 416-392-7906 or by email at







Latest Videos

Councillor Matlow spoke on options for the Scarborough Subway, March 31, 2016.

Councillor Matlow spoke on tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act, December 18 2013.

City Hall and Community Update for February 27, 2015

Working with Mayor Tory on Restoring Water Service

This February has been one of the coldest on record. As a result, Toronto Water has had an unprecedented number of calls from residents with No Water Service due to either frozen pipes or broken watermains.

I am extremely frustrated with how the response has been handled by the City. Many residents have been without water for several days, and it has been incredibly difficult to get any accurate information from staff for residents or my office. There have been families with small children and even entire buildings affected by broken or frozen pipes.

Earlier this week I brought this forward to the Mayor's Office and suggested that Toronto Water be provided the proper resources to effectively communicate with residents who have no water and, more importantly, to ensure that their water service is restored as soon as possible. I also spoke directly with Toronto Water's General Manager about our concerns.

On Wednesday the Mayor and the General Manager of Toronto Water announced that a special SWAT team has been established to help residents with no water service as a result of frozen pipes. I deeply appreciate Mayor Tory's genuine attention to this matter and see this as a good first step. However, I believe there is much more that will need to be done to effectively serve, and communicate with, residents.

For more information on the Mayor's announcement, please visit the City's Newsroom website.

Toronto Hydro Outage Communication Program


To keep you informed about hydro operation and customer service concerns in our community that might affect you or your neighbourhood, Toronto Hydro is developing an outage communication program to be used during power outages caused by severe weather.


For more information, you can register at

REMINDER: 2015 City of Toronto Budget Community Town Hall Meeting


On Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 pm, I will be hosting my 2015 Budget Town Hall for Ward 22 residents. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue West).


The City of Toronto's budget will affect virtually every City service and your feedback is very important to me.


If you would like more information on the proposed 2015 City of Toronto Budget in advance of my Town Hall meeting, please visit the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming Mosaic Home Care Services Events for Seniors


This spring, Mosaic Home Care Services will be hosting a number of wonderful events.


Wine, Women and Keeping our Wits: A Conversation on Brain Health with Joanne Tandoc from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Caring for our Parents, Today and Tomorrow: A conversation with leading Canadian expert in Geriatric Care, Audrey Miller, will be held on Thursday, May 21 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Both of these events are free and will be held at the Verity Club on Queen Street. A light meal is included.


Please also feel welcome to join Mosaic for a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday, April 24 from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The cost is $10.00 per ticket and a light lunch is included.


For more information on these and other upcoming events, please call 416-322-7002 or 905-597-7000. You can also check out Mosaic's website at for further information.

Toronto Takes First Steps to Implement Poverty Reduction Strategy


Toronto is a vibrant, prosperous city. It is also a city of growing disparity and inequity ­trends that will challenge its long-term success. In Toronto, 25% of children live in poverty as well as 1 in 5 adults. Poverty is both deep and pervasive and continues to be concentrated in specific groups and neighbourhoods. That's why City Council unanimously adopted recommendations to develop Toronto's first Poverty Reduction Strategy in April 2014.


I am pleased that Deputy Mayor McConnell has included additional supports to help protect tenants from unfair rent increases, and targeted assistance for marginalized youth including mental health resources and safe after school spaces. Both of these initiatives build on motions that I initiated during the previous term of Council.


For more information, please see this presentation to the Budget Committee by Deputy Mayor McConnell.

Improving the Committee of Adjustment Process


I have heard from many of you that the Committee of Adjustment process needs to be improved. Frustration has been expressed about a number of issues, including the inadequacy of public notices and the quality of the Committee members. Earlier this week, Staff brought a preliminary report to Planning & Growth Committee titled Committee of Adjustment Continuous Improvement Initiatives with the goal of improving transparency, accountability and public engagement, as follows:


a) Expand the public hearing notice area beyond 60 metres of the subject site

b) Extend the timeline for the delivery of the public hearing notice beyond ten days

c) Improve the manner, form and content of the public notice and sign

d) Explore alternative means to engage surrounding neighbours prior to the hearings;

e) Improve the training and on-going professional development of Committee of Adjustment members

f) Require a City Planner to be on hand during public hearings of the Committee to answer questions from Committee members and the public

g) Consider audio-visual recording or audio recording of Committee of Adjustment panels

h) Develop a public participation strategy, including the development of a comprehensive guide to ensure that the public is well informed about Committee of Adjustment processes, as well as how to effectively engage in Committee hearings


I will provide updates as work toward improving the Committee of Adjustment moves forward and notify you when there are public consultation opportunities.

Taking Action on Saving Toronto's Heritage


As you may have seen, Heritage Toronto recently released its State of Heritage Report. However, just a few days before its release, a motion was moved at Budget Committee that would eliminate eight positions and reduce funding to the City Planning department. These positions were originally recommended to enhance area studies, Heritage Conservation District (HCD) plans, and strategic initiatives.


The motion was approved at Budget Committee, and is now a part of the recommended Budget. However, the Budget still must be reviewed by Executive Committee on Monday, March 2nd before moving on for final approval at City Council on March 10th. The full motion is here.


We should be working to better protect Toronto's built heritage before it's completely dismantled, piece by piece. That's why I'm taking action to find ways to strengthen our heritage policy framework.


I am happy to report that City Council adopted my motion earlier this month, asking City Planning staff to report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee on several options for establishing a more proactive and comprehensive approach to how heritage preservation is practiced in our city.


I am also delighted to have been recently appointed to the Toronto Preservation Board.  I look forward to working with my fellow board members to protect Toronto's remaining heritage. We've lost too much already.

Relief Subway Line Public Meeting - Your voice is needed!


A public meeting to discuss plans for a new relief subway line will be held at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street) on Thursday, March 12 from 7 to 9 pm. This meeting is an opportunity for you to learn more about the plans, to provide input and to discuss the study with the project team. I hope to see you there!


If you would like more information about the exact route, potential stations or expected timing of the project, please visit To learn about how you can advocate for this evidence-based subway expansion project, please click here.

Central Eglinton Community Centre Income Tax Clinic


Do you need help filing your income tax return? The Central Eglinton Community Centre is offering a free income tax clinic from March 2 to April 24. The clinic is by appointment only and will be available weekdays, weekday evenings, and Saturdays. To book an appointment, please phone 416-392-0511 ext. 0.

Free Open House Art Fun!

Come and visit the Avenue Road Arts School (460 Avenue Road) on Tuesday, March 10 from 10 am to 6 pm and see what everyone is talking about. The beautiful Victorian building is home to some of the most creative and fun art classes and art projects in Toronto.

Parents or caregivers and children 3 to 10 years of age are welcome to come see the school and try their hand at a fun art activity for free! Art Teachers will be on hand to lead kids through fun art and drama activities. Please note: this is not a drop off program. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No pre-registration is required.

For more information, please contact the school at 416-961-1502 or visit

Toronto Public Health Measles Update


Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating an outbreak of measles in Toronto. As of February 10, there are six confirmed cases of measles; a source has not yet been identified. TPH recommends that all Toronto residents check their immunization records and ensure that their measles vaccination is up to date. For more information about vaccination, please visit the City of Toronto Website. If you have any questions regarding measles exposure or immunization status, please call Toronto Health Connection at 416-388-7600 (during business hours) or 3-1-1 (after hours).

City of Toronto Recreation Programming


Registration for spring and summer City of Toronto community recreation programs, including summer camps, begins at 7 am on March 11 for the Toronto and East York districts. Older Adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50% discount. Please call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community centre for more information on how to register.


To explore recreation program options, visit the City of Toronto Website or pick up a FUN Guide at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available here.

Toronto Youth Cabinet - Welcome to City Hall Day


On Thursday, March 19, the Toronto Youth Cabinet's Community Engagement Working Group is hosting a Welcome to City Hall Day for youth groups all through the March Break. The event will take place from 11 am to 3:30 pm at City Hall, and will be a great opportunity for local youth to find out how City Hall works and to contribute in interactive civics workshops. Participant slots will be provided on a first come, first served basis. TTC tokens and student tickets can be provided for groups, if needed. Lunch will also be provided for all participants and youth staff.


The deadline for group bookings is Friday, March 13. Please contact Paul Martin at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (416) 392-4927 for more information.

Bill Bosworth Memorial Award


Mothercraft is now accepting nominations for the 2nd Biennial Bill Bosworth Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and innovation in the provision or development of services to families with young children in the City of Toronto. The award is open to volunteers, professionals and students who work in the fields of early learning, early intervention and family support, and who exemplify Bill Bosworth's ability to think big and do bigger.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5 pm. The recipient of the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be presented with the award at a special ceremony on June 15, 2015. For more information about the award, nomination criteria and to download the nomination package, please visit

Clean Toronto Together 2015 - Registration Opens March 2


Online registration for the City of Toronto's Annual Spring Clean up opens on Monday, March 2. Visit the Clean Toronto Together campaign website on March 2 to register your Community, Corporate, or School clean-up events.


This is an opportunity to get together with friends, family, coworkers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help. Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover will take place on Friday, April 17 at 2 pm. Community Clean-up Days can be planned for Saturday, April 18 or Sunday, April 19. Please visit or call 311 for more information on how to get involved.


If you're planning a local Ward 22 neighbourhood or school clean up and would like support from my office, please email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also, let me know if you would like me to personally come by and help!

Upcoming Wildlife Open Houses


Taking precautions and developing awareness is important to prevent conflict between humans and wildlife. The City is hosting a series of wildlife open houses in March to strengthen residents’ understanding and prevention of human-wildlife conflict. The open houses will offer valuable information on how to wildlife-proof your home, how to keep garbage bins safe from wildlife, how to deter a coyote from your property, and rules and regulations concerning the treatment of wildlife.


For more info regarding the open houses or the Wildlife report going to Licensing Standards Committee, please contact Carleton Grant at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Proposed Developments in Ward 22


To keep you informed about development applications in our community that might affect you or your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive map on my website. I hope you will find this to be a useful reference.

For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.caClick here to read my previous city hall and community updates.


My Letter to the TTC Board re: The Expenditure of $80 Million on Consultants

For the second page of my letter, please see below.


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Power almost fully restored

Dear Residents,

Keeping you updated regarding community and City Hall issues is a top priority to me. When there are emergencies such as last winter's ice storm or today's power outage, I work to ensure that you have current information on what actions are being taken.

Since learning of the power outage this morning, I have been communicating throughout the day with Toronto Hydro. I was recently advised that there are only three buildings without power, of 8,000 initially affected. I will continue closely monitoring the situation until every resident has their power restored. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel welcome to contact Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000.

I hope you have a very enjoyable and, most importantly, warm Family Day weekend!

Best regards,



Update on this morning's power outage

Dear Residents,

At 10:30 am today, power went out from Eglinton south to Wellesley and Spadina east to Yonge. With the extremely cold weather that's been forecasted for this weekend, I was very concerned and immediately contacted the Office of the President of Toronto Hydro for an update.

I've been advised that both Toronto Hydro and Hydro One crews are on site and are working to determine the cause of the outage. While we don't currently have an estimated time for the restoration, I can assure you that crews are focused on the restoration process. As soon as I receive further information from Toronto Hydro, I will let you know.

If you are aware of a senior or anyone else affected by the power outage that is on their own without access to the internet, TV or radio, please consider checking in on them.




Administrative Inquiries -my letter to Council in response to City Manager

February 10, 2015



Dear Mayor and Council,



Re IA 3.1- IA3.5 Administrative Inquiries on Scarborough Subway Extension


I submitted five Administrative Inquiries (IA 3.1 – IA 3.5) under Municipal Code S27-61 to obtain information not yet presented to Council on the Scarborough Subway Extension.



I appreciate the City Manager and Staff taking the time to respond to my questions.



Please see the accompanying recommendations that request some of the Administrative Inquiries to be received, as the answers were satisfactory, while I have made the request for others to be referred to Executive Committee for additional input and clarification from staff.



I very much hope that you agree that thoughtfully reviewing facts, and considering impacts on the City’s budget, should be a basic part of how Council considers public policy, including transit expansion. I respectfully request that you support an opportunity for councillors to collect relevant and important information at Executive Committee.



Please review my recommendations below:



To be received:



IA 3.1: Metrolinx Sunk Costs Associated with Scarborough LRT


Council directed the City Manager to report back on negotiations with Metrolinx on the sunk costs re: Scarborough LRT cancellation. The City Manager has informed Council that an audit on the Metrolinx sunk costs has been completed by Price Waterhouse Coopers and the City is in the final stages of negotiating the agreement with Metrolinx. I look forward to seeing the City Manager's report to the Budget Committee on these costs as part of the 2015 budget process.



IA 3.3: Scarborough Subway Extension Study Area

The City Manager has clarified that the boundaries of the study area were determined by possible routes for the subway as opposed to a full assessment of transit options in the corridor. My primary concern is that SmartTrack, given the GO line’s proximity to the potential subway extension corridors, is considered when assessing the ridership of the Scarborough Subway Extension. The City Manager has assured Council that will occur.


To be referred:

IA 3.2: Operating and Capital Maintenance Costs for the Scarborough Subway Extension

The City Manager has clarified that $30-40 million was for annual capital maintenance costs only. Operating costs have yet to be determined and he was unable to provide an estimate. Given the potential annual effect on the TTC's operating budget and the associated tax increase, I believe that it is important to receive more information on this issue. Given that the TTC operates several other subway lines it does not seem unreasonable for staff to at least provide an estimation based on per kilometre operating costs elsewhere in Toronto's network. This information will be critical as we prepare for subsequent City budgets.


IA 3.4: Discrepancy between number of trains and projected ridership

As reported in the Globe and Mail in July of 2014, there was a discrepancy in the July 2013 staff report between the number of trains budgeted for and the service level (and associated ridership) stated to be provided. The City Manager has addressed the reasoning behind offering a reduced number of trains through the Scarborough Subway Extension, but has not answered how 120 second headways would be achieved with the lower vehicle compliment.


IA 3.5 Ridership Projections for the Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension in CC 7.17- Scarborough Rapid Transit Options

Between January of 2013 and July of the same year, City staff inflated the ridership projection for the Scarborough Subway Extension from 9,500 passengers per direction in the peak hour (well below the level needed to justify a subway) to 14,000 using the same metric – which brought ridership to the cusp of justifying a subway. Staff admitted that this was a "preliminary" assessment, yet this higher figure was cited by staff at both the July and October 2013 council meetings as reason to opt for the higher capacity transit option.

I appreciate that the City Manager provided the names of the models and that he informed Council that Staff were unable to use the more robust projection model due to time constraints. However, there are still some basic and outstanding questions related to what assumptions planners made, and how they made them, about the rest of Toronto's transit network and train frequency cited in AI 3.4 that merit explanation.



  1. City Council request to receive IA 3.1, IA 3.3
  2. City Council request that IA 3.2, IA 3.4, IA 3.5 be referred to Executive Committee






Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22- St. Paul's



City Hall and Community Update for February 5, 2015

City-School Boards Working Group

I believe that as the City and School Boards serve the same constituents, the residents of Toronto, they must work more closely togther to make long-term and more comprehensive decisions.

As I'm sure many of you have seen in the news, the Minister of Education has asked the TDSB to develop a list of schools to review. The Minister's rationale for potential closures is that a large number of TDSB schools have low enrolment, with many at less than 65% capacity. While there are no schools in Ward 22 are at risk of closure, I am concerned about the possible city-wide effects associated with losing schools without a long term plan to retain community purpose of the facilies and green spaces.

Enrolment numbers alone do not present a full picture of a school's utilization rate. Field areas provide community green space while activities inside can include ESL and Adult Education classes, recreational sports programs, child care, Girl Guides and many others.

I am pleased that Mayor Tory has declared that the City has an interest in this issue and has supported the motion I originally moved in 2012 to create a City-School Boards Working Group to address closures, as well as other points of mutual interest such as supporting vulnerable youth and shared recreational opportunities, including pools and development requests. Unfortunately, the previous administration did not see the value of strengthening the City's relationship with the school boards, but Mr. Tory has signalled that he will be reviving the Committee.

For more information, please read this article.

Tenant Issues Committee

Tenants make up over 50% of Toronto's residents and have specific rights and responsibilities that are governed by City of Toronto by-laws and provincial legislation. Tenants have the right to live in a clean, well-maintained home and deserve fair representation when being faced with unfair rent increases or eviction.

Far too often, unfortunately, my office hears from renters that are living in apartments where these basic needs are not being met. That's why I brought a motion forward at Executive Committee to establish a Tenants Issues Committee for this term of Council. I was pleased that Mayor Tory recognized the importance of these issues and moved the motion.

Manor Road United Church Sustainability Includes New Green Space for Ward 22 (not another townhouse development)!

Like many churches across our community and city, the Manor Road United Church (MRUC) has had to face the challenging reality of what to do with their property to secure their long-term sustainability. After reviewing several options, they decided that half of the church's current property at Manor Road and Forman Avenue would more efficiently serve their needs. The MRUC site is comprised of four city lots fronting on Manor Road; the church will continue to own/occupy the two westernmost lots (containing the church proper) and is selling off the two eastern lots.

I am delighted that MRUC reached out to me last year, rather than a developer, about the possibility of the City purchasing this eastern half of the church property. Since then, I have worked with Park Acquisitions staff and MRUC to have the City acquire this portion of the site using Section 42 funds, to maintain as a much-needed green space in the community. Both parties are currently in serious discussion about a finalized purchase agreement and we are all in agreement that protecting public space for our community is far better than another townhouse development.

Since the church is the property owner, it's important to note that it is their decision alone as to who they sell their property to, or who rents space in their sanctuary. As a parent myself, I am concerned for the organizations that would like to continue use of the church's facilities; however, that is ultimately a conversation between the church and each organization alone. The MRUC recognizes that each potential new or continued tenant situation is unique; interested parties are welcome to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . And, of course, I am here to support any community group in the midst of relocating their activities if I can be of assistance in any way.

Demanding Accountability on Decisions Regarding Scarborough Transit

Despite recent announcements about political support for a 3-stop subway, the Scarborough LRT is still part of the Master Agreement with Metrolinx. Council will soon be faced with a very important decision. It can either reaffirm its support for the fully-funded, planned and ready-to-go, traffic-separated (in its own corridor), 7-stop rapid transit LRT line for Scarborough or spend more than $1 Billion on a shorter subway extension- serving fewer residents for more money, increasing the City's debt and Torontonian's property taxes.


Before this choice is made, it is vital that Councillors are provided with full information and put facts before politics.



Please read this article about some the questions I'll be asking at next week's city council meeting.


Catching Up with the Past: Protecting Toronto's Heritage

The recent demolition of Stollery’s at 1 Bloor Street West is only the latest example of the City’s inability to stay ahead of development applications and preserve historic or architecturally significant examples of Toronto’s built landscape: those physical links to our City’s past that also contribute to the unique character and vibrancy of our streetscapes. That's why it's important that municipal preservation efforts are as comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date as possible. Please see my motion that will be considered at next week's city council meeting.

Upcoming Events at Deer Park Library

This Saturday, February 7th at 2 pm, Deer Park Library (40 St. Clair Avenue East) will celebrate Black History Month with a free concert by the Arsenals, an authentic Jamaican ska, rocksteady rhythms and pop act.

Other events to look forward to this month include a talk by a CARP representative about opportunities for retirees to get back into the working world on Thursday, February 12th at 2 pm, and a presentation by consumer advocate Ellen Roseman on Thursday, February 19th at 6:30 pm.

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Library website.


Clean Toronto Together 2015

The City of Toronto's annual community clean-up campaign, Clean Toronto Together (CTT), returns this April. This year's events will consist of Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover on Friday, April 17th at 2 pm and Community Clean-Up Days on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th. The Community Clean-Up Days are a great opportunity for individuals, groups, associations and organizations to clean up a park, laneway or other public space in their neighbourhood. This initiative coincides with the City's annual spring clean-up efforts and helps keep our city clean and green. Further information about how to register your event and receive support from City Divisions is forthcoming.

Please let me know if you are planning a community clean-up this year, as I would love to attend!


REMINDER: Toronto-St. Paul’s Annual Skating Party

Our local MP, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, will be co-hosting a community skating party with me at the new Hodgson Rink. Please join us from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, February 7th for a fun, family-friendly afternoon with free coffee and hot chocolate. I look forward to seeing you there!

REMINDER: Casa Loma Community Open House for Wards 22 and 21

Nick Di Donato, Councillor Mihevc and I will be co-hosting a community open house at the gardens at Casa Loma. Please join us from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, February 12th for a spectacular Winter Wonderland light display, live ice carving and wood carving presentations. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be available for purchase.


Admission is free for Wards 22 and 21 residents. Kindly RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Febraury 9th. To view the full event invitation, please click here.

Seniors Community Grant Program

The Province of Ontario has introduced the first grant program in the province dedicated solely to seniors. The program is focused on encouraging initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement for seniors across Ontario. Grants range from $500-$8,000. For more information, please visit the program website.

Edward Snowden at World Affairs Conference

Earlier this week, on February 2nd, privacy activist Edward Snowden participated as keynote speaker in the World Affairs Conference. Congrats to the students from Upper Canada College and Branksome Hall who organized this important conversation, and to both schools for their support!


The Future of Casa Loma: North Precinct Public Meeting

On Thursday, February 26 at 7 pm, please join me at Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road) to discuss future uses including the possibility of a City of Toronto museum for the 2.5-acre North Campus of Casa Loma. The property consists of the hunting lodge, potting shed, garage and stables.

REMINDER: 2015 City of Toronto Budget Community Town Hall Meeting

On Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm, I will be hosting my 2015 Budget Town Hall for Ward 22 residents. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue West).

If you would like more information on the proposed 2015 City of Toronto Budget in advance of my Town Hall meeting, please visit the City of Toronto website.

Build the Relief Subway Line Now!

Toronto City Council has a responsibility to use honest, evidence-based and fiscally responsible transit planning rather than rhetorical political posturing. We can't keep waiting to improve transit and fight gridlock. Toronto needs the Relief Subway Line now. Please click here for more information.


Proposed Developments in Ward 22

To keep you informed about development applications in our community that might affect you or your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive map on my website. I hope you will find this to be a useful reference.

For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit Click here to read my previous city hall and community updates.


Let's Move Forward with Building Scarborough Rapid Transit: 2015 Fact Sheet

Let's Move Forward with Building Scarborough Rapid Transit: 2015 Fact Sheet

The Metrolinx Master Agreement for transit with Toronto still supports the 7-stop, high-speed LRT project in Scarborough.

While Council, when Rob Ford was mayor, first voted to support the fully funded, LRT. It then voted to support a 3-stop subway extension. Council will soon be faced with a very important decision. It can either reaffirm its commitment to the original plan- a 7-stop LRT line or the shorter Bloor-Danforth subway extension in Scarborough.

The Scarborough LRT could be constructed and open before a subway extension.

Before this choice is made, it is vital that the public, mayor and councillors are provided with full and accurate information. Please see below the facts that are known to date. There are also still some important questions that have yet to be answered:


The LRT would provide more high-speed service, for less cost and could be completed much sooner for Scarborough residents


  • The new LRT would be in a completely grade-separated corridor. No car lanes removed. No traffic lights. No cross streets. Widely spaced stations.

  • At an average of 36km per hour It would run faster than the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines which average 32km per hour

  • The LRT would have the same top speed as a subway – 80km per hour

  • The line would have a capacity to carry 16,000 passengers per hour.

  • It is anticipated that by 2031, the LRT would carry 8,000 passengers per hour leaving it enough capacity to serve the area for many decades to come- the extra capacity offered by a subway won't come close to being needed

  • The LRT would be over two kilometres longer than the subway, have four more stations and is within walking distance to over 20,000 more people- with the possibility to extend the line into Malvern (Centennial College students would not have a stop if the SRT is converted to a subway rather than an LRT)


Cost Concerns for all Toronto residents/taxpayers:


  • The subway will cost the City $900 million more in capital costs than the fully funded LRT requiring a 1.6% tax increase, that will remain for 30 years

  • The subway will also require Toronto's allocation ($660 million) of the federal Building Canada Plan which could have been used, for example, to build new affordable housing to help address the City's long waiting list or other prioritized transit projects

  • The capital cost does not factor in:

  • Sunk costs for the original LRT plan, estimated between $75 and $85 million -Metrolinx has already told the City that is is responsible for these wasted tax dollars

  • $30 - 40 million per year in capital maintenance costs which would be borne by Metrolinx. That alone is equal to a 1.25 – 1.6% property tax increase – it is unclear whether this figure includes the operating costs

  • Cancellation of LRT Bombardier contract - cost unknown

  • Toronto assumes risk of construction cost overruns which would be borne by Metrolinx if Council opts for the LRT

  • Toronto assumes risk of increased cost of borrowing if interest rates rise that would be borne by Metrolinx if Council opts for the LRT

  • Property acquisition

  • Wasted planning/engineering/design work that was already underway







I hope you find this information helpful to make your own, informed position.



Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22- St. Paul's


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