Josh Matlow

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Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor for
Ward 12 (Toronto—St. Paul's)
Ward 22 (2010-2018)
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded byMichael Walker
Toronto Public School Trustee
In office
December 1, 2003 – November 30, 2010
Preceded byShelley Laskin
Succeeded byShelley Laskin
ConstituencyWard 11, St. Paul's
Personal details
Born (1975-11-27) November 27, 1975 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s)Melissa Christine Matlow
ProfessionToronto Councillor, journalist and broadcaster, environmental advocate

Josh Matlow (About this soundlisten) (born November 27, 1975) is a community advocate and Toronto City Councillor for Toronto-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, Matlow 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, was a federally appointed judge and his mother, Elaine Mitchell, was a retired high school teacher. She died on July 6, 2015.

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]


In 2002 and at the age of 26, Matlow 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, Matlow was elected to the Toronto District School Board trustee and re-elected to the same position in 2006. He worked on a number of initiatives including installation of solar panels on school rooftops,[3] keeping Toronto's school pools open,[4] and helping students to achieve 'economic literacy'.[5] He spoke against a proposal to create an Africentric school in Toronto.[6]

In 2010, Matlow was elected to Toronto City Council where he has become known as a political centrist [7] and has been working on issues such as creating a Toronto Seniors Strategy,[8] a Youth Equity Strategy,[9] a regional transit plan,[10] removing the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) purview over Toronto planning decisions,[11] Toronto's arts & culture sector [12] and combating gridlock.[13]

In 2014, he was re-elected to Toronto City Council with the highest vote count (24,347) and highest winning percentage (86.2%) of any councillor candidate across the city.[14]

TTC subway extension into Scarborough[edit]

Matlow supports the seven-stop Scarborough LRT over the three-stop subway. He refers to the LRT as the "evidence-based" transit option, as it serves more people within walking distance and won't require an additional $1 billion in debt and taxes from the City of Toronto.[15][16]

In February 2015, Matlow submitted five administrative inquiries asking city staff to address unanswered questions.[17][18][19][20][21] The Toronto Star wrote an editorial stating that "City Councillor Josh Matlow is right to press for answers on the ill-judged Scarborough subway extension with even basic numbers still unknown."[22] The city manager's response confirmed that city staff still do not know how many people will ride the Scarborough subway, where it will go, or how much it will cost.[23]

Election results[edit]


2018 Toronto election, Ward 12[24]

Candidate Votes %
Josh Matlow 20,371 51.60%
Joe Mihevc 16,634 42.14%
Ian Lipton 930 2.36%
Elizabeth Cook 908 2.30%
Bob Murphy 342 0.87%
Artur Langu 290 0.73%
Total 39,475 100%
2014 Toronto election, Ward 22[25]

Candidate Votes %
Josh Matlow 24,347 86.157%
Bob Murphy 1,586 5.612%
James O'Shaughnessy 1,526 5.4%
Sarfraz Khan 800 2.831%
Total 28,259 100%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 22[26]

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. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2010-09-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Toronto City Councillors, Councillor Josh Matlow". City of Toronto. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ Porter, Catherine (2007-06-25). "Toronto schools to power up rooftops". Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  4. ^ Brown, Louise (2008-04-10). "Trustee urges more debate on pool closings". Toronto: Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  5. ^ Kate Hammer (2009-03-24). "Dollars 'n' sense courses urged". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. p. A11.
  6. ^ Kate Lunau (2008-01-31). "What's next for Toronto's Africentric school? | - Canada - Features". Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2010-09-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Jackson, Emily (20 February 2012). "With TTC head Gary Webster likely to be sacked, Karen Stintz asks why now?". Toronto Star.
  8. ^ "Seniors & Disabled". 2017-11-15.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-07-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ The Star. Toronto Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Global News | Latest & Current News - Weather, Sports & Health News".
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  14. ^ "By the numbers: Toronto's 2014 municipal election - Toronto |". 2014-11-02.
  15. ^ Matlow, Josh. "Let's Get Scarborough Transit Back on Track".
  16. ^ "City of Toronto Staff Report, Scarborough Rapid Transit Options: Reporting on Council Terms and Conditions" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Agenda Item History - IA3.1: Metrolinx Sunk Costs Associated with the Scarborough LRT".
  18. ^ "Agenda Item History - IA3.2: Operating and Capital Maintenance Costs for the Scarborough Subway Extension".
  19. ^ "Agenda Item History - IA3.3: Scarborough Subway Extension Study Area".
  20. ^ "Agenda Item History - IA3.4: Scarborough Rapid Transit Options".
  21. ^ "Agenda item History - IA3.5: Ridership Projections for the Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension in Item CC37.17 - Scarborough Rapid Transit Options".
  22. ^ "Answers needed on Toronto's ill-judged Scarborough subway plan: Editorial". The Toronto Star. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  23. ^ Pennachetti, Joe. "Re: Administrative Inquiries from Councillor Josh Matlow (IA 3.1-IA3.5)" (PDF).
  24. ^ "Declaration of Results, 2018 Municipal General Election" (PDF). p. 4.
  25. ^ "2014 General Election Results for City Ward 22 - St. Paul's".
  26. ^ "St. Paul's, Ward 22, Councillor". City of Toronto. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-05-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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