Joe Cressy is the Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York.
In his role as Chair of the Board of Health, Joe oversees the work of Toronto Public Health – the largest public health unit in Canada. As Chair, Joe has worked to ensure that the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is comprehensive, equitable, and effective. Working closely with the Medical Officer of Health and Mayor John Tory, Joe is a member of the Toronto COVID-19 Strategic Command Team and Immunization Task Force, helping to lead the City’s response to the pandemic.
Through each phase of the pandemic and into our recovery, Joe has worked to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable residents are at the forefront of the City’s planning, with a focus on racial equity and employment opportunities. He is committed to making sure that our city comes through the pandemic stronger than before.
Joe has led initiatives including the collection of socio-demographic data on the impacts of COVID-19, the creation of Canada's first voluntary isolation centre, the opening of dozens of emergency shelter hotels and a rapid affordable housing program for people experiencing homelessness, and the development of Toronto's COVID-19 Equity Action Plan to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on marginalized residents and communities.
As a member of Toronto's Immunization Task Force, Joe has also been a strong advocate for a vaccine distribution system that recognizes our city’s unique needs, and has been instrumental in organizing a coordinated vaccine rollout that partners hospitals and health care providers with city and provincial resources to create an integrated system of more than 350 vaccine clinics.
A City Councillor since 2014, Joe is a champion for building a better and more liveable city – for investing in affordable housing, public transit, safe cycling infrastructure, new and improved parkland, expanded community services, affordable childcare, arts and culture programs, and combatting our growing overdose crisis. Joe successfully secured inter-governmental approval for Toronto's supervised consumption sites, built bike lanes on Bloor Street, launched the King Street transit corridor, built thousands of new units of affordable housing, and established a tax-class program to protect live music venues and creative co-location facilities like 401 Richmond Street.
Joe also serves on the City of Toronto's Economic and Community Development Committee, the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors, and the Art Gallery of Ontario Board of Governors.