Item - 2019.MM8.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 18, 2019 without amendments.

MM8.4 - Cities for Digital Rights - by Councillor Paul Ainslie, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on June 18 and 19, 2019, adopted the following:


1. City Council authorize the City Manager to engage in the necessary arrangements for the City of Toronto to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights and City Council direct the appropriate City Staff to:

a. create new, public and free programming in partnership with the Toronto Public Library to further digital safety and literacy among its citizens throughout the year;

b. evaluate City divisional policies on ethical digital standards and create a code of technological practices to be implemented across City divisions;

c. explore new platforms to engage citizens and communities better and expand the Open Data Program already in place by the City; and

d. work with NGOs, entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech companies to find solutions to public policy issues affecting urban life.

2. City Council direct the City Manager to report back to the November 26, 2019 City Council meeting to provide an update.

Background Information (City Council)

Member Motion MM8.4
(June 18, 2019) Fiscal Impact Statement from the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM8.4 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)
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