Josh Matlow

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Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded by Michael Walker
Constituency Ward 22, St. Paul's
Toronto Public School Trustee
In office
December 1, 2003 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Shelley Laskin
Succeeded by Shelley Laskin
Constituency Ward 11, St. Paul's
Personal details
Born (1975-11-27) November 27, 1975 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Melissa Christine Matlow
Profession Toronto Councillor, journalist and broadcaster, environmental advocate

Josh Matlow (born November 27, 1975) is a community activist and Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul's. He served as a school trustee representing the midtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's between 2003 and 2010 at the Toronto District School Board. On October 25, 2010, he was elected to Toronto City Hall. He was re-elected in 2014 with the largest number of votes and highest plurality, (86.2 percent) of any candidate running for Toronto city council across the city.


Matlow was a co-director of Earthroots, an Ontario environmental non-governmental organization. He also worked for the Canadian Peace Alliance, organizing against the war in Iraq.[1] He lives in Toronto with his wife, Melissa and daughter, Molly. His father, Ted Matlow is a federally appointed judge and his mother, Elaine Mitchell is a retired High school teacher.

Matlow has written articles for several local newspapers as well as the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star. He hosted a call-in radio show on University of Toronto station CIUT, was a weekly contributor and co-host on Toronto talk-radio station AM 640 and CFRB. He hosted a talk radio show called The City with Josh Matlow on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 and was a weekly columnist for the Toronto Star.[2]

Matlow faced a charge related to impaired driving in 2006 but the charge was subsequently withdrawn.[3]


In 2002 Matlow, at the age of 26, was asked by the Ontario Liberal Party to run as their candidate in Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey in a by-election against Progressive Conservative Premier Ernie Eves. He lost by 3,560 votes.

In 2003 he was acclaimed as a Toronto District School Board trustee and elected to the same position in 2006. He worked on a number of initiatives including installation of solar panels on school rooftops,[4] keeping Toronto's school pools open,[5] and helping students to achieve 'economic literacy'.[6] He spoke against a proposal to create an Africentric school in Toronto.[7]

In 2010 he was elected to Toronto city council where he has become known as a political centrist [8] and has been working on issues such as creating a Toronto Seniors Strategy,[9] a Youth Equity Strategy, [10] a regional transit plan,[11] removing the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) purview over Toronto planning decisions,[12] Toronto's arts & culture sector [13] and combating gridlock.[14] He supported local MPP Eric Hoskins in his successful re-election bid for the provincial election in 2011.[15]

In 2014, Josh Matlow was re-elected to Toronto city council with the highest vote count (24,347) and the highest winning percentage at 86.2 percent of any councillor candidate across the city.[16]

Election results[edit]


2010 Toronto election, Ward 22[17]
Candidate Votes  %
Josh Matlow 11,892 52.39%
Chris Sellors 8,037 35.40%
Elizabeth Cook 1,900 8.37%
William Molls 869 3.82%
Total 22,698 100%


2002 by-election for riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 15,288 46.59 -
Liberal Josh Matlow 11,728 35.74 -
New Democratic Doug Wilcox 2,633 8.02 -
Green Richard Procter 2,017 6.15
Family Coalition Dave Davies 1,025 3.12 -
Independent John Turmel 120 0.37


  1. ^ "CBC News - Canada - Anti-war protests held around the globe". CBC News. 2003-01-19. Retrieved 2010-09-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Toronto City Councillors, Councillor Josh Matlow". City of Toronto. 
  3. ^ "Josh Matlow faced impaired-driving related charge in 2006". Toronto Sun. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  4. ^ Porter, Catherine (2007-06-25). "Toronto schools to power up rooftops". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. ^ Brown, Louise (2008-04-10). "Trustee urges more debate on pool closings". Toronto: Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  6. ^ Kate Hammer (2009-03-24). "Dollars 'n' sense courses urged". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. p. A11. 
  7. ^ Kate Lunau (2008-01-31). "What's next for Toronto's Africentric school? | - Canada - Features". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Emily (20 February 2012). "With TTC head Gary Webster likely to be sacked, Karen Stintz asks why now?". Toronto Star. 
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  12. ^ The Star (Toronto) |url= missing title (help). 
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  15. ^ "Dr. Eric Hoskins Campaign Office Grand Opening". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
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  17. ^ "St. Paul's, Ward 22, Councillor". City of Toronto. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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