Rob Ford was elected Toronto's 64th mayor in October 2010 after serving 10 years as Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North).
Since he was sworn in as Mayor on December 1, 2010, Mayor Rob Ford has led a very busy Council agenda. In very short order, Mayor Rob Ford eliminated the Personal Vehicle Tax, putting $64 million back into taxpayers' pockets. He also declared the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service, protecting riders from future labour disruptions. Leading by example, he reduced his office budget by $700,000 and Councillor's tax-free expense accounts saving another $900,000 and led Council to freeze its own salaries.
Mayor Rob Ford contracted out garbage collection in half the city for a savings of $11.5 million per year for seven years. By bargaining hard, he won new four-year collective agreements with the city's major unions, achieving unprecedented flexibility to improve customer service while giving taxpayers the best value for their tax dollars and saving over $100 million. He also fulfilled another election promise, by recognizing Emergency Medical Service as an essential service.
Faced with a major leadership crisis at Toronto Community Housing Corporation and a broad loss of public confidence in the agency, Mayor Rob Ford acted decisively to remove the board of directors and senior management team and replace them with a skills-based board that has made major progress in restoring public and tenant faith in North America's second-largest social housing provider, with 164,000 tenants.