Ana Bailão

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Ana Bailão
Deputy Mayor of Toronto
for Toronto and East York
Assumed office
October 6, 2017
Appointed byJohn Tory
Preceded byPam McConnell
Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 9 Davenport
Assumed office
December 1, 2018
Preceded byWard 17: Cesar Palacio
Ward 18: Herself
Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 18 Davenport
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 1, 2018
Preceded byAdam Giambrone
Succeeded byHerself (ward amalgamated)
Personal details
Born (1976-08-10) 10 August 1976 (age 45)
Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
NationalityPortuguese Canadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto

Ana Bailão (About this soundlisten) (born August 10, 1976)[1] is a Canadian politician who has served as the deputy mayor of Toronto representing Toronto and East York since 2017. She has also represented Ward 9 Davenport on the Toronto City Council since her election in 2010.

Bailão was first elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 municipal council election, representing Davenport.[2] She was subsequently re-elected in 2014, and again when the Ford government readjusted the ward boundaries during the 2018 municipal election in the new Ward 9 Davenport, an amalgamation of her previous ward 18 (Davenport) and ward 17 (Davenport) to the north. In 2018, she won her ward with 83.62% of the vote share,[3] the largest margin for any councillor.[4]

On council, Bailão sits on the Executive Committee, and serves as chair of the Planning and Housing Committee.[4] She has worked extensively on housing issues, and her deputy mayor portfolio includes responsibility for housing.[5]


Bailão was born in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal and is a former resident of Alenquer, Bailão moved to Canada and settled in Davenport with her family at the age of 15. She attended West Toronto Collegiate and the University of Toronto where she received a bachelor of arts in sociology and european Studies. She supports the Ontario Liberal Party and the Liberal Party of Canada.[6]


In 2003, Bailão, who worked as an assistant to Councillor Mario Silva put her name forward as a candidate to replace him in the election that year. She ran on a platform focusing on environmental issues, tenants rights and reduced property taxes for seniors.[7] She lost to Adam Giambrone by 1,260 votes.[8]

In 2010, she ran again in the same ward to replace Giambrone who had entered the mayoralty race to replace outgoing mayor David Miller. Bailão, who described herself as "centre-left, maybe centre" ran on a campaign of efficient service delivery and community involvement in decision making.[9] She beat Kevin Beaulieu, an assistant to Giambrone, by 1,366 votes.[10]

In 2012, Bailão led a working group to look into problems with the city's community housing stock. Earlier in the year, Mayor Rob Ford had proposed to sell off 706 city owned houses to pay for repairs. Bailão's group issued a report that recommended selling only 55 houses. She said, "We recognize that some of our proposals might not be popular. Some might want the status quo, while others will think we should have gone further. But we think we have found the right balance."[11]

In 2017, Mayor John Tory appointed Bailão as deputy mayor of Toronto for Toronto and East York – the city's south district – with a policy focus on housing.[5][12][13]

In 2020, Bailão voted to increase the budget of the Toronto Police Service during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the protest of local community organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Not Another Black Life.[14][15]

Affordable Housing[edit]

Chair of Affordable Housing Committee[edit]

On March 4, 2011, Councillor Bailão hosted a Symposium on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness and included the participation of United Way Toronto, the Toronto Board of Trade, the Daily Bread Foodbank, and former Toronto mayor and Senator Art Eggleton.[16] This symposium examined the increasing separation of high-income earners and low-income earners in Toronto, and the impact that this trend has on neighbourhoods and housing.[17]

Recognizing the City of Toronto's constrained fiscal situation[18] and the declining commitment of provincial and federal governments to fund affordable housing initiatives,[19] Bailão directed the Affordable Housing Committee to create a roundtable with private-sector experts to discuss ways of creating affordable housing in Toronto without upper-level government funding. This roundtable submitted a report[20] that was approved by city council; outlining a plan to create nearly 8,000 affordable homes and over 13,000 well-paying construction jobs within 3 years.[20] This report was very well received[21] and was viewed as a way of moving forward even in the face of reduced public funding.

Toronto Community Housing[edit]

In 2011, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) faced a repair backlog of $650 million.[22] In response, the Toronto Community Housing Board recommended the sale of 872 stand alone houses to offset these costs, with 715 TCHC houses considered recommended as viable for selling.[23] Excluding the 11 homes that had already been approved for sale by city council in previous reports, the TCHC Board recommended an additional 675 units be sold.[23] The public and media response to this proposal was highly negative,[24][25] with many groups voicing strong concern about how a large scale sell-off of affordable housing would affect the already over-burdened social housing waiting list.[26] Three former mayors of Toronto also wrote a joint letter to express concerns about this proposal to sell the scattered houses in TCHC's portfolio and imploring that Toronto re-engage the federal and provincial governments in sustainable funding support for the growing repair backlog.[27]

Bailão raised strong concerns about the impact of this sale to the City Social Housing portfolio. Bailão submitted a letter as chair of the Affordable Housing Committee to the Executive Committee, which was handling the TCHC report identifying these concerns.[28]

In response to these concerns, Bailão requested the opportunity to lead a special housing working group[29] in order to identify innovative solutions and creative partnerships. In its meetings on March 5, 6, and 7, city council approved Bailãos request and she was appointed to lead this working group along with management consultant Jim Pimblett, TCHC Board Chair Bud Perves and former cabinet minister Alan Redway.[30] This working group was created to make findings on the proposed sale of the 619 TCHC homes, develop innovative solutions and new partnerships to address the repair backlog and create a strategy to re-engage the federal and provincial governments in providing affordable housing. This working group was asked to report back to Executive Committee in early fall, 2012, in order to provide recommendations to city council.[31]

This group launched an extensive consultation process on April 3, 2012,[31] and included a survey of tenants living in the single family homes proposed for sale, an Ideas Forum on Housing, a consultation with non-profit housing organizations and a public Suggestions for Action event.

The final report, entitled "Putting People First", was released on September 17, 2012,[32] and was widely well received by social housing advocates.[33][34][35] By the time the final report was returned to Executive Committee on October 9, 2012,[36] the working group's report recommendations had been informed by consultations with over 600 individuals and organizations. As a goal, the working group set out to raise $120 million over the next two years for housing repairs.[37]

By 2013, TCHC's repair backlog had increased to $751 million.[38]

In March 2013, another of the Special Working Group's recommendations was implemented and realized when $93.5 million was unlocked as part of the refinancing of 18 mortgages at lower rates through Infrastructure Ontario.[39] As a result, nearly $100 million was directed towards high-priority structural repairs in TCHC buildings.[40]

The approval by city council of the mortgage renegotiation also marked a significant achievement for the Special Housing Working Group's report. In addition to the already implemented recommendations from the Special Working Group, the original target of raising $120 million towards the repair backlog was achieved in only the first 6 months of the report receiving council approval.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Impaired driving charge[edit]

On October 16, 2012, Bailão was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. After initially saying she would fight the charges she later reversed her decision and pleaded guilty to the charge of being above the legal limit, saying, "I made a bad choice. I take full responsibility for that and I accept the consequences." The charge of impaired driving was dropped. Mayor Rob Ford commented on the incident and said, "Ana is a good local councillor, she works hard and represents her residents well at City Hall. I look forward to continuing to work with her on council." She received a 12-month licence suspension and a fine.[42]

Election results[edit]

2018 Toronto municipal election, Ward 9 Davenport
Candidate Votes Vote share
Ana Bailão 26,219 83.62%
Nahum Mann 2,804 8.94%
Troy Young 1,218 3.88%
Mark Balack 1,114 3.55%
Total 31,355 100%
Source: City of Toronto[43][44]
2014 Toronto election, Ward 18
Candidate Votes Vote share
Ana Bailão 8,797 45.80%
Alex Mazer 7,992 41.61%
Mohammed Uddin 540 2.81%
Jolene Hunt 358 1.86%
Paul Alves 274 1.43%
Elsa Romao 270 1.41%
Jim McMillan 213 1.11%
Derek Power 198 1.03%
Bobby Beckett 182 0.95%
Joseph Ferrari 176 0.92%
Robert Rodrigues 131 0.68%
Dennis Pavao 76 0.40%
Total 19,207 100%
Source: City of Toronto[3]
2010 Toronto election, Ward 18
Candidate Votes Vote share
Ana Bailão 6,277 43.75%
Kevin Beaulieu 4,911 34.23%
Frank de Jong 869 6.06%
Hema Vyas 776 5.41%
Joe MacDonald 669 4.66%
Kirk Russell 326 2.27%
Nha Le 154 1.07%
Ken Wood 106 0.74%
Mohammad Muhit 94 0.66%
Joanna Teliatnik 70 0.49%
Doug Carroll 52 0.36%
Abdirazak Elmi 42 0.29%
Total 14,346 100%
Source: City of Toronto[10]
2003 Toronto election, Ward 18
Candidate Votes Vote share
Adam Giambrone 5,797 51.52%
Ana Bailão 4,537 40.32%
Hortencia Fotopoulos 386 3.43%
Nha Le 234 2.08%
Cynamin Maxwell 155 1.37%
Ana Salaverry-Chuquihuara 141 1.25%
Total 11,250 100%
Source: City of Toronto[8]


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