About Josh

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Josh Colle is an active community leader and two-term Toronto City Councillor for Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence. He has a long history of serving the residents of Eglinton-Lawrence, as a Toronto School Board Trustee (2000-2003), Director of 5 Points Community Action residents group, and as past-President of the St. Michael's College alumni association.

Along with a wealth of public sector experience, Josh spent nearly a decade in the private sphere, working in financial and transportation services before accepting a position as Vice President of an energy and infrastructure firm.



WARD 15 ACHIEVEMENTS

Since his election in 2010, Josh has spearheaded improvements to parks, community partnerships, art, safety and developments in Ward 15, benefiting thousands of residents.



PARKS

Josh has championed parks and recreation as vital to a healthy, happy community. Through his work, every park in Ward 15 has benefited from small to large scale improvements including new playgrounds, signage, entrances, water fountains and shade structures.



COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS:

In order to give residents a voice at City Hall, Josh led the development of dedicated community groups to improve local advocacy. Together, these working groups are tackling issues that affect local business and residents:

  • Oakwood Village Community Association
  • Oakwood Vaughn Neighbourhood Action Partnership
  • Friends of the York Beltline
  • Friends of Reggae Lane



ART:

Josh has long held the belief that Public Art is an integral part of creating animated public spaces that improve safety, add colour, celebrate history and generate a downtown vibe that draws-in pedestrian traffic. A number of large-scale art projects have been completed or are currently underway in Ward 15 including:

  • Public Art Block Plan approved through Toronto Public Art Committee
  • Art Starts Annual Showcase, giving residents an opportunity to show their work
  • Reggae Lane murals (2) - one marked as the largest Reggae themed mural in Canada
  • Neptune Art Benches
  • Yarn Factory mural at the York Beltline underpass
  • Hoarding mural for Lawrence Heights Development
  • Lawrence Heights Community Centre
  • Ranee Park mural
  • Fairbank Pool mural
  • Calendonia underpass mural
  • Oakwood Village Island mural
  • York Belitline murals incorporated in wayfinding signage



DEVELOPMENT:

There are a record number of high-rise buildings under construction in Toronto, with over 55 developments in Ward 15 alone. While the City has limited control over development design and approvals, Josh has taken action by creating working groups, meeting with developers and lobbying the Ontario Municipal Board to deliver wins for area residents. Highlights include:

  • Revitalization of Oakwood Village
  • Revitalization of Lawrence Heights
  • Stacked Townhouse article in Post City magazine
  • Petitioning Metrolinx to include a station at Oakwood Avenue along the Eglinton Crosstown
  • Developing a Dufferin Secondary Plan that addresses pedestrian safety, traffic, new streets, and mixed-use spaces
  • Developing a Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan that addresses public parks, streets and civic buildings



TTC CHAIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

As Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Josh has led the charge on historic investments including the largest service increase in a generation, the opening of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension, and Kids Ride Free – a key plank in the Mayor's Child Poverty Reduction Strategy.



CURRENT COMMITTEES, BOARDS, AND AGENCIES:

  • Chair, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Chair, Toronto Music Advisory Council
  • Member, Government Management Committee
  • Member, Real Estate Advisory Committee
  • Federation of Municipalities
  • Striking Committee
  • North York Community Council
  • UrbanArts Community Arts Council
  • North Toronto Arena Board
  • York-Eglinton, Fairbank Village Business Improvement Areas
  • Dufferin-Wingold Business Improvement Areas
  • Oakwood Village Business Improvement Areas
  • Marketo Business Improvement Areas



PREVIOUS COMMITTEES, BOARDS, AND AGENCIES:

  • Toronto Hydro
  • Commissioner, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Community Development and Recreation Committee
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • Member, Toronto Music Advisory Council



Josh was born and raised in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood, where he continues to reside with his wife and three children. Josh attended St. Michael's College High School and obtained an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill.


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