Mike Layton is the City Councillor for Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina.

As Councillor, Mike has worked tirelessly to protect and improve City services that people depend on, and to preserve the diverse character of the city’s neighbourhoods. He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. He has also championed building new affordable housing, investments in arts and culture, aboriginal issues and reconciliation, and better public transit and cycling infrastructure.

Mike has led the development of a number of creative new initiatives including: Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on Toronto buildings, pressing the province to give Toronto Inclusionary Zoning powers to mandate affordable housing in new development, the Toronto Music Advisory Council, and the Cask Force – a joint City and industry advisory committee working to support and promote Toronto’s craft beer industry.

Mike serves as co-chair for the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee where he lead efforts to declare 2014 the year of Truth and Reconciliation, the inclusion of the acknowledgement of traditional territory in City Council, the development of a Toronto Aboriginal employment strategy, the establishment of an Aboriginal Affairs Office, and other initiatives related to reconciliation.

Mike is active on national bodies including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the National Zero Waste Council.

Prior to being elected as City Councillor, Mike worked at Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental charities. In that role, he worked to protect the Great Lakes and make Ontario a leader in green energy and jobs. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with an Urban Planning Specialty. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where he has taught Canadian local government.

In 2012 and 2013 Mike was voted “Best City Councillor” by NOW Magazine readers. He lives in the Christie Pits neighbourhood with his wife Brett Tryon and his daughter Phoebe Layton.

Committees & Boards

Toronto & East York Community Council 2010-present, chair 2014-2016
Toronto Atmospheric Fund 2010-present, vice chair 2014-present
Parks and Environment Committee 2014-present, vice chair 2014-2016
Budget Committee 2014-present
Affordable Housing Committee 2014-present
Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee co-chair 2010-present
Disabilities, Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee 2010-present
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development 2011-present, Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal politics 2011-present, Election Readiness 2014-present, Urban Aboriginal Affairs 2012-present, Infrastructure & Transportation 2014-present
National Zero Waste Council 2014-present
Partners in Project Green 2011-2016
Exhibition Place Board of Governors 2012-present
Canadian National Exhibition Place 2010-present, Vice President 2014-present
Royal Winter Fair Board of Directors 2014-present
Heritage Toronto 2012-present
Artscape Board of Directors 2010-2014
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee 2010-2014
Sub-Committee on Sustainability & Climate Change 2014-2016
Bentway Board of Directors 2016-present