Matt Elliott

Municipal affairs analyst

Matt Elliott has been following, analyzing and delving deep into wonky policy stuff at Toronto city hall since 2010. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @GraphicMatt.

Latest from Matt Elliott

Analysis

Toronto can't cut or tax its way out of provincial cuts — and so the fight is on

After weeks of back and forth, the bean counters at Toronto city hall have finally been able to attach a number to the municipal funding cuts resulting from the provincial budget. The damage? Nearly $178 million — and counting. So what happens next?
Analysis

Ontario budget doesn't have much on offer for Toronto's housing crisis

Premier Doug Ford’s first provincial budget offers Toronto a few things. But it doesn’t offer any confirmation of new provincial support for housing for a city suffering from a deep affordable housing crisis.
Analysis

Toronto needs 1 thing in the federal budget — money, and lots of it

The City of Toronto wants $45 million from the federal government just to balance this years books, and it needs a lot more when it comes to building transit and affordable housing in the future.
Opinion

Toronto city hall struggling with snow — and 8 years of austerity

Torontonians can forgive their municipal government for being cash-strapped. But can they put up with a city that can't handle a snowy winter?
Analysis

Scarborough subway debate leaves 35,000 RT riders waiting — but for what?

Doug Ford’s interjection into the subway debate creates more unknowns for the thousands of riders still depending on the rickety Scarborough RT to get around.
Analysis

Why Doug Ford's subway 'upload' could be Toronto's most contentious city hall story of 2019

There was a time when Toronto city council might have seen the Ontario provincial government’s desire to get more involved in the city’s transit system as a gift. But Premier Doug Ford's plan to upload the TTC subway isn't a present, Matt Elliott writes.
Analysis

Messy, complex, risky: Toronto council deals with fallout from Ford's big cut

Toronto's new city council won't talk taxes or transit today, Matt Elliott writes. Instead, they're set to hold a debate about themselves.
Analysis

John Tory wins a commanding victory, but can he command the new council?

Toronto's mayor could be in for a series of political headaches if he can't find a way to work with the progressive wing of city council, Matt Elliott writes.
Analysis

Why vote today? Because Toronto's future is still TBD

With early voting numbers down from 2014 and John Tory leading the mayor's race, some Toronto residents may see the result of Monday's municipal election as a foregone conclusion. But it's not, Matt Elliott writes.
Analysis

5 questions to ask any council candidate who comes knocking for your vote

You’re likely to hear it this week, if you haven’t already: a knock at your front door from a candidate for Toronto council or one of their campaign volunteers.
Analysis

Toronto's sailing toward a fiscal iceberg — so why aren't mayoral frontrunners talking about it?

When you add up unfunded costs related to transit, housing and meeting provincial accessibility requirements, the city needs to find some $30 billion.
Analysis

Who won and who lost the 1st week of Toronto mayoral debates

There were three debates this week – two of which included current Mayor John Tory taking on Jennifer Keesmaat and a range of challenges, and one that Tory didn’t even attend. So how’d the candidates do? Let’s look at some of the winners and losers from the first debates.
Analysis

Why the balance of power on city council could rest on a handful of races

We now know how many seats are up for grabs on Toronto city council in municipal elections next month, now that Premier Doug Ford has succeeded in slashing the number of wards from 47 to 25. But after all the votes are counted, what will that council look like?
Analysis

Does Ford's rationale for plunging city hall into chaos stand up to scrutiny?

Days after vowing to use the notwithstanding clause to slash Toronto city council, Premier Doug Ford explained why in the Toronto Sun. But just how factual was his explanation? CBC Toronto's urban affairs columnist Matt Elliott gives us this Ford fact-check.
Opinion

Safer streets should be an election issue — especially in Toronto's suburbs

Road safety is a city-wide problem, and solutions can't just be confined to the more urban parts of the city. But with a lack of infrastructure and a need for more political will, that fix isn't going to be easy to come by, Matt Elliott writes.