New Toronto Ombudsman to Start August 23: Mr. Kwame Addo
9 June 2021
Toronto City Council has unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Kwame Addo as Toronto's third Ombudsman. Mr. Addo brings extensive experience to the position, having spent most of his professional career working in Ombudsman organizations.
Ombudsman: Pandemic Underscores the Importance of Clear City Communications
30 April 2021
The City of Toronto’s Ombudsman says that among the many important lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught our local government, it has underscored the need for the City of Toronto to communicate clearly with the public. In her 2020 Annual Report released today, Ombudsman Susan E. Opler says, “Transparent, clear and honest messaging that people can understand is critical.”
Ombudsman Toronto to Undertake Oversight of Toronto Police
8 April 2021
City Council today unanimously approved the biggest change in police oversight in Toronto's recent history. It asked Ombudsman Toronto to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Police Service, giving the Toronto Ombudsman authority to review the fairness of Toronto Police procedures and programs.
An Open Letter from Ombudsman to TTC Urging Swift Action amidst Lingering Systemic Issues
14 December 2020
In an open letter to TTC's Board of Directors, Ombudman Susan E. Opler urges the TTC to address critically needed changes in the recruitment, training, job requirements, public awareness, accountability and culture of Special Constables and Fare Inspectors.
Message from Ombudsman Susan E. Opler: Notice of Retirement
21 October 2020
After careful consideration, Ombudsman Susan E. Opler has decided to retire from her position, effective 2021.
Ombudsman Praises Heroism of City Staff, Releases Annual Report
25 June 2020
The City of Toronto Ombudsman today praised the performance of the thousands of City staff who have continued providing services to people in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto Ombudsman to Review City’s Investigation Of Incident at Centennial Park
18 June 2020
The City of Toronto Ombudsman will review the City’s investigation of a widely reported incident involving one of its By-Law Enforcement Officers and members of the public in Centennial Park earlier this week.
Statement from Ombudsman Susan E. Opler on the TTC's new Investigation Unit
14 May 2020
At the Special Meeting on May 13, 2020, the Board of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) voted to establish a new Investigation Unit to receive and respond to complaints involving TTC Special Constables and Fare Inspectors.
Statement from Ombudsman Susan E. Opler
23 April 2020
It has been one month since Mayor Tory declared an Emergency in Toronto.
The past weeks have been anything but usual. However, we have all seen and benefitted from the heroic response of Toronto’s public servants to the COVID-19 crisis. They have worked tirelessly to provide critical and essential services to everyone in Toronto, particularly to our most vulnerable. Like so many others, I am sincerely grateful for their efforts.
Announcing Ombudsman Toronto's New Director of Investigations & Conflict Resolution
11 March 2020
Ombudsman Susan Opler is pleased to announce that Mr. Ciarán Buggle has joined Ombudsman Toronto as Director of Investigations and Conflict Resolution.
One Family Made a Difference: The City of Toronto Improves How it Handles Dangerous Dogs
16 December 2019
The City of Toronto Ombudsman says a Toronto family deserves a lot of credit for changes the City is making to how it handles complaints about dangerous dogs.
Ombudsman: TTC Did Not Conduct Adequate Investigation of Alleged Misconduct, Racial Discrimination
11 July 2019
The City of Toronto Ombudsman has found that a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) investigation into the actions of a few of its Transit Fare Inspectors was not sufficiently fair, thorough or transparent to justify its conclusions.
Ombudsman Toronto: Celebrating One Decade – Looking to the Next
9 May 2019
The City of Toronto Ombudsman says 2019 marks a decade of success for her office in its work to ensure fairness in City services and administration.
City Ombudsman finds Poor Communications in Toronto Hydro Pole Replacement Project
28 February 2019
The City of Toronto's Ombudsman says Toronto Hydro did not notify a number of east-end homeowners that it would be replacing and/or installing new hydro poles on the City right-of-way in front of their homes.
City Ombudsman Monitoring Snow Removal Concerns
19 February 2019
Ombudsman Toronto is aware of broad-based public concern about snow removal in Toronto this winter, and is monitoring these issues closely.
Toronto Ombudsman says City Staff Did Not Adequately Protect Historic Train Station
18 July 2018
City of Toronto Ombudsman Susan Opler says poor communication and coordination, a lack of enforcement and inadequate supervision by City staff helped derail plans for the restoration of the historic Mimico Train Station through a Section 37 agreement under the Planning Act for a community benefit.
Toronto Ombudsman to Review TTC Investigation of Incident on Streetcar
4 July 2018
Ombudsman Toronto will be reviewing the TTC's investigation to examine whether it was appropriately thorough, fair and transparent and whether its conclusions are reasonable, based on the available evidence.
Complaints to Toronto Ombudsman Up in 2017
19 April 2018
City of Toronto Ombudsman Susan Opler says that in 2017, her office handled nearly 1650 complaints about City services, up 7% from the year before.
City Ombudsman Recommends Changes to Winter Respite Services for the Homeless
21 March 2018
The City of Toronto Ombudsman says the City gave people experiencing homelessness and the general public outdated, inaccurate and inconsistent information this winter about critically important services.
City Ombudsman says Toronto Community Housing Priority Transfer Process Giving Tenants False Hope
26 January 2018
The City of Toronto Ombudsman says Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is being fundamentally unfair to tenants who seek to move to another unit because their current accommodation puts their health or safety at risk.
City Ombudsman Looking into Toronto’s Cold-Weather Services for the Homeless
2 January 2018
The City of Toronto Ombudsman has begun an Enquiry into the recent confusion over the winter programs offered to the City’s homeless.
Toronto Ombudsman Recommends $462,000 Payment to Senior
28 September 2017
The City of Toronto’s Ombudsman says it is only fair that the City repay a senior citizen $462,000 it got from the sale of his house.
Toronto's Ombudsman tells landlords "Turn off the heat"
22 September 2017
Toronto's Ombudsman Susan Opler today adds her voice to the City officials who have called on residential landlords across Toronto to immediately turn off the heat in their buildings until the current heatwave is over.
Ombudsman Releases Three Enquiry Reports
21 September 2017
The City of Toronto's Ombudsman releases three Enquiries into complaints about City services.
Ombudsman Finds Unfair Process for Complaints About Development Charges
28 June 2017
Ombudsman Toronto releases report: Investigation into the City's Process for Handling Development Charge Complaints and Education Development Charge Complaints
City Acted Unfairly in Cancelling Park Permit
19 May 2017
Ombudsman Toronto Investigation Report on the cancellation of a City park permit in east-end Toronto
TTC Transit Enforcement Needs Better Oversight
21 April 2017
Ombudsman Toronto released its Investigation Report on the TTC's Oversight of its Transit Enforcement Unit
2016 Annual Report
23 March 2017
Ombudsman Toronto releases its 2016 Annual Report.
2016 Toronto Ombudsman Awards
20 December 2016
The Toronto Ombudsman Awards are given annually to public servants who are exceptionally responsive when resolving complaints made to the Ombudsman. They are also awarded for initiatives that improve systems and result in better service and governance.
Toronto Ombudsman, Susan Opler, announced the winners of the 2016 Toronto Ombudsman Award.
Susan E. Opler appointed Ombudsman for City of Toronto
15 July 2016
At its July meeting, City Council unanimously appointed Susan E. Opler as Toronto's Ombudsman, effective September 12. The Ombudsman works to ensure that the City treats the public fairly, and services are provided in a fair and equitable manner for all. The Ombudsman addresses concerns about City services and investigates complaints about administrative unfairness related to City divisions as well as most City agencies and corporations.
2016 Toronto Ombudsman Award Nominees
24 May 2016
The Toronto Ombudsman Awards are given annually to public servants who are exceptionally responsive in resolving residents' complaints made to the Ombudsman. They are also awarded to staff, divisions or initiatives who advance good public administration by improving systems that result in better service and governance.
2015 Annual Report
24 March 2016
Ombudsman Releases Annual Report
Winners of 2015 Ombudsman Public Service Awards
25 September 2015
Ombudsman Fiona Crean is presenting the 2015 Ombudsman Public Service Awards to three city staff today for their commitment to resolving residents’ complaints about city services.
Investigation Announcement - Stress Injuries in the Toronto Paramedic Services
2 July 2015
Ombudsman Announces Investigation into Stress Injuries in the Toronto Paramedic Services
Statement from Fiona Crean
23 March 2015
Statement from the Ombudsman - March 23, 2015 - Press Conference
2014 Annual Report
23 March 2015
Ombudsman Highlights Accomplishments and Challenges
Winners of 2014 Ombudsman Awards
29 September 2014
Winners of 2014 Ombudsman Public Service Awards Toronto
2014 Ombudsman Award Nominees
6 June 2014
Nine City of Toronto staff have been nominated for the third Ombudsman's Award, which recognizes an individual or group who provided outstanding public service in proactively resolving complaints made to the Ombudsman.
24 March 2014
Statement to Media by Fiona Crean, City of Toronto Ombudsman Toronto
2013 Annual Report
12 February 2014
Ombudsman Reports Increase in Complaints about City Services
Ombudsman Investigates Red Tape at City Hall
21 November 2013
The City of Toronto Ombudsman today announced she is beginning an investigation into red tape at City Hall.
Ombudsman Honours Outstanding Employees of the City of Toronto
25 September 2013
A public servant who cut through red tape, a City employee who helped a woman visit her mother in hospital, and an entire division of the City of Toronto are among the winners of this year’s Ombudsman Award.
International Ombudsman Institute Grant
30 July 2013
The City of Toronto Ombudsman has received funding from the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) to lead a research project that will have an impact globally.
2012 Annual Report
14 February 2013
The City of Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean says residents, politicians and staff are gaining a clearer understanding about the benefits of having an independent Ombudsman to investigate problems with City services and programs.
Winners of First Ombudsman Public Service Award Announced
7 September 2012
Ombudsman Fiona Crean is delighted to present the City of Toronto's first-ever Ombudsman Public Service Award to give city staff who provided residents with outstanding assistance in resolving their complaints about city services.
Fiona Crean Announces Finalists for City of Toronto Ombudsman’s Award
16 July 2012
Sixteen City of Toronto staff are finalists for the first Ombudsman's Award, which recognizes an individual or group who provided outstanding public service in proactively resolving complaints made to the Ombudsman.
2011 Annual Report
1 February 2012
The City of Toronto Ombudsman's 2011 Annual Report
The City of Toronto Ombudsman Public Service Awards
1 December 2011
The Ombudsman for the City of Toronto is inviting residents to tell her about city staff who have gone the extra steps to address their complaints about service from the City.
Investigative Report - No Way to Comply: An Investigation into the Enforcement Practices of Municipal Licensing & Standards
20 September 2011
The Ombudsman has released her latest investigation report called, No Way to Comply: An Investigation into the Enforcement Practices of Municipal Licensing and Standards.
2010 Annual Report
2 February 2011
The Ombudsman has just released her 2010 Annual Report
Investigation Report - A Duty to Care
3 December 2010
The Ombudsman has released her latest investigation report called, A Duty to Care: An Investigation into Municipal Licensing and Standards’ Treatment of a Resident with Dementia.
Investigation Report - No Time to Waste
30 June 2010
The Ombudsman has released her latest investigation report about Toronto Water and Technical Services: No Time to Waste.
Banned Indefinitely: Safety or Punishment?
9 March 2010
Office of the Ombudsman releases latest investigative findings.
Toronto Community Housing Adopts Ombudsman's Recomendations
16 February 2010
In response to recommendations made by Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean, Toronto Community Housing is changing its procedures to ensure fairness when dealing with complaints of serious misconduct made against a tenant.
Office of the Ombudsman Start Up Year – 1,057 Complaints Two Recommendations to Council
21 January 2010
The Toronto Ombudsman‟s office managed 1,057 complaints and enquiries in its first nine-months of operation, processing and closing 91 per cent of them, according to its first Annual Report, released today by Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean.
Ombudsman Taking the Show on the Road
22 October 2009
Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean is taking her office on the road to four communities representing downtown Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York.