City of Toronto Councillor
Denzil Minnan-Wong is currently the City Councillor for Don Valley East (Ward 34) in the City of Toronto. First elected in 1994 on a campaign of keeping taxes down, Denzil grew up in Ward 34 and has called it home for over 30 years.
Denzil is a leader on Toronto City Council and in his community. At City Hall he is currently serving as Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, overseeing a massive portfolio that includes garbage collection, roads, water and winter maintenance; he also currently sits on the Executive Committee and the TTC Commission.
In past terms of office, he has been the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee and Culture Committee and has chaired the North York Community Council and played important roles on the Planning and Transportation Committee, Community Services Committee, Works and Emergency Services Committee, Audit Committee, Toronto and Regional Conservation Board, the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Library Board, the Toronto Financial Service Advisory Committee and the SARS Recovery Task Force.
As a strong believer in the need for greater transparency and accountability to the taxpayer, Denzil championed the establishment of Canada’s first municipal Auditor General. He was also in the forefront in initiating the first census of the homeless in our city. As the Chair of the Economic Development, Parks and Recreation and Culture Committee, he was able to deliver a balanced budget. As the Chair of the Council Staff Working Group for 311, Denzil saved the City millions of dollars. In the fight to keep taxes down, Denzil led the opposition to the Vehicle Registration Tax and the Land Transfer Tax in 2008.
In his capacity as Chair of the Taxi Reform Committee, Denzil was instrumental in drafting reforms designed to ensure a higher standard of service for Toronto’s taxi industry to better serve the customer. This includes the establishment of a Passenger Bill of Rights and the introduction of the new Ambassador Class taxicab.
Denzil has also been a strong advocate for cleaning up our neighbourhoods. He has successfully fought for more resources to clean up our streets and has championed initiatives to combat graffiti and bring about a tough new anti-postering by-law throughout the city.
Locally, Denzil has worked as a volunteer for the North York General Hospital Foundation and the Toronto Police 33 Division Community Liaison Committee. He sponsors annual community clean-up days, has annual skating parties and created the Community Spirit Award. Denzil continues to work with schools and community groups in the ward to improve safety and traffic, especially in school zones. He also works with neighbourhoods to oppose development applications that are not in keeping with the community. Denzil continues to be a strong advocate for improving community infrastructure. In 2010, he was successful in securing millions of dollars from the federal government for roads, parks and community centres in the ward.