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Denzil Minnan-Wong
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Minnan-Wong in 2012
Deputy Mayor of Toronto
for North York
In office
December 1, 2014 – November 15, 2022
Preceded by Norm Kelly
Succeeded by Jennifer McKelvie (statutory)
Michael Colle (North York; 2023)
Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 16 Don Valley East
In office
December 1, 2018 – November 15, 2022
Preceded by Ward created
Succeeded by Jon Burnside
Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 34 Don Valley East
In office
December 1, 2000 – December 1, 2018
Preceded by Ward created
Succeeded by Ward dissolved
Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 11 Don Parkway
In office
January 1, 1998 – December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward created
Succeeded by Ward dissolved
North York City Councillor
for Ward 12
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 1, 1997
Preceded by Incumbent
Succeeded by Ward dissolved
Personal details
Born 1963/1964 (age 59–60)
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Colleen
Children 3
Residences Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Lawyer
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Chinese 黃旻南

Denzil Minnan-Wong (born c. 1963) is a former Canadian politician who was the statutory deputy mayor of Toronto from 2014 to 2022, representing North York. Minnan-Wong served on Toronto City Council from 1995 to 2022, representing a succession of wards in the Don Mills.


Born in 1963, Minnan-Wong is the son of Denzil Minnan-Wong, Sr. (a Chinese Canadian who became a prominent member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario) and Josephine Cazabon (born in Timmins, Ontario). His father died in 1988 at age 53.

He was educated at Osgoode Hall Law School and became a lawyer specializing in immigration issues. He lives in Toronto with his wife Colleen and their three children.

Political career

In 1994 North York councillor Barry Burton died of cancer and the North York city council appointed Minnan-Wong as interim councillor for Ward 12. He was subsequently elected to the position in the November 1994 municipal election. In 1997 he was elected as one of two councillors representing Ward 11 – Don Parkway to the city council of the new amalgamated city of Toronto. In July 2022 Minnan Wong announced he would not seek re-election in the October 2022 municipal election after 28 years in elected office.

Garbage collection privatization

In 2011, he led an initiative to contract out garbage collection in Toronto west of Yonge Street in 2011 which projected savings of $12 million a year. As of 2021, reports published by the City of Toronto state the privatized garbage collection west of Yonge was actually costing more than the city’s in-house garbage operations, at $143.48 per household per year as opposed to the city’s garbage collection services at $139.24 per household per year. Despite this, Minnan-Wong has continued to voice his support for privatization of garbage collection services and strenuously opposes returning these services to the city’s operation.

Bike lanes

Although Minnan-Wong did not learn to ride a bicycle until the age of 46 in 2013, he supported the development of the first on street separated bike lane network in Toronto, resulting in the creation of the Sherbourne, Wellesley, Hoskin, Richmond and Adelaide protected cycle tracks while voting for the removal of three painted bike lanes on Jarvis Street, Pharmacy Avenue and Birchmount Road. The same year, he facilitated the move of the Bixi public bike share system to the operation of the Toronto Parking Authority. Minnan-Wong was instrumental in reaffirming the $150 fine for parking in rush hour zones, a policy described by Mayor Rob Ford as "a cash grab." Toronto was awarded Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) gold status from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in April 2015, an award criticized by local cycling advocates.

TTC board

He was appointed to the Toronto Transit Commission by City Council under the Mayor Rob Ford administration in December 2010. He was one of 5 councillors on the TTC board who voted in 2012 to terminate the services of the TTC General Manager Gary Webster. Andy Byford was hired as Webster's replacement. The five councillors who supported Webster's termination, including Minnan-Wong, were removed from the TTC board by council on March 5, 2012, as a result of a motion by Councillor Karen Stintz, chair of the TTC board. On December 2, 2014, he was appointed again to the TTC board by city council after the election of Mayor John Tory with his tenure ending with the end of his term of office as a councillor on November 15, 2022.

Ontario provincial 2018 election

On January 20, 2018 he was acclaimed as the candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario for the riding of Don Valley East for the 2018 provincial election. He placed a close second to the Liberal incumbent, former cabinet minister Michael Coteau.

During his run for the Don Valley East seat, Minnan-Wong stated that he would take an "unpaid" leave from Toronto City Council, remitting the salary he would have collected from the 30-day provincial campaign period to either the city or a charity. He ultimately donated his councillor salary for that period to the City of Toronto and directed the money be spent on roads.

2018 municipal election

After the 2018 Ontario general election Minnan-Wong ran for Toronto City Council in the 2018 municipal election in newly constituted Ward 16 Don Valley East, winning re-election. Minnan-Wong was the only one of seven councillors on the TTC board to be re-elected. He was re-appointed during the 2018 to 2022 council term as deputy mayor and was reappointed, a third time, as a member of the TTC board.

Retires at 2022 municipal election

In July 2022, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong emailed a statement to his constituents advising he would not seek re-election in the 2022 Ontario municipal elections. In the message, Minnan-Wong said he felt it was time to move on to "the next stage of my life".

Election results


Ontario general election, 2018: Don Valley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Coteau 13,012 35.93 −22.80
Progressive Conservative Denzil Minnan-Wong 11,984 33.09 +8.75
New Democratic Khalid Ahmed 9,937 27.44 +15.48
Green Mark Wong 917 2.53 −0.83
Libertarian Justin Robinson 236 0.65
Freedom Wayne Simmons 131 0.36
Total valid votes 36,217 99.08
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 337 0.92
Turnout 36,554 55.22
Eligible voters 66,192
Liberal hold Swing −15.78
Source: Elections Ontario


2018 Toronto election, Ward 16
Candidate Votes  %
Denzil Minnan-Wong 11,128 46.33%
David Caplan 7,227 30.3%
Stephen Ksiazek 1,698 7.07%
Dimitre Popov 1,104 4.06%
Pushpalatha Mathanalingam 888 3.7%
Michael Woulfe 771 3.21%
Aria Alavi 582 2.42%
Diane Gadoutsis 569 2.37%
Total 23,967 100%
2014 Toronto election, Ward 34
Candidate Votes  %
Denzil Minnan-Wong 9,761 53.46%
Mary Hynes 5,953 32.13%
Douglas Owen 1,171 6.32%
Faisal Boodhwani 705 3.80%
Amer Karaman 486 2.62%
Alan Selby 453 2.44%
Total 18,529 100%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 34
Candidate Votes  %
Denzil Minnan-Wong 8,743 53.42%
Peter Youngren 6,484 39.63%
Stephan Stewart 1,140 6.96%
Total 16,367 100%
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